Indiana Ventilator Plant Shutting Down

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ventec Life Systems will stop producing ventilators at its plant in Kokomo by the end of the month.

Ventec CEO Chris Kiple said in an email Tuesday that it is “winding down production” at the Kokomo plant due to “weakening demand” for ventilators.

VOCSN critical care ventilators are prepared for distribution Thursday, April 16, 2020, at the General Motors manufacturing facility in Kokomo, Indiana. GM and Ventec Life Systems are partnering to produce the ventilators in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by AJ Mast for General Motors)

Ventec partnered with General Motors to begin operations in the GM Components Holdings plant in April. Local workers were hired to make 30,000 ventilators in the fight against coronavirus.

The company has about 800 workers at the Kokomo plant.