Tuesday, 20 October 2020 16:44

Study Details Ford's Economic Impact in Chicago Region as Dealers Distribute Face Masks to Fight COVID-19


Ford works with 319 suppliers across Illinois, and its combined production and non-production purchases in Illinois exceed $2.2 billion annually. Its statewide dealership network is more than 150 strong, supporting 6,700 direct employees and another 5,500 indirect dealer supplier and community jobs. Nationally, Ford supports roughly 1 million American jobs and filters $100 billion into the U.S. GDP.


Beyond economic contributions, Ford is stepping up to meet the needs of communities across the country. Ford and its UAW partners quickly ramped up production of personal protective equipment to protect health care workers, first responders and patients fighting COVID-19.


Since March, Ford has produced nearly 60 million face masks, more than 20 million face shields, 50,000 patient ventilators, 32,000 respirators and 1.6 million washable isolation gowns. 


In partnership with its philanthropic arm, the Ford Motor Company Fund, local Ford dealerships and nonprofit partners, Ford has distributed more than 3.2 million disposable face masks to Illinois communities since September. The week of Oct. 12, more than a dozen Chicago-area Ford dealerships were distributing an additional 200,000 face masks to schools, nonprofits and first responders in their communities.


“We are incredibly grateful for our dedicated Ford and UAW colleagues working to manufacture personal protective equipment for our communities,” said John Hennessy, owner of River View Ford in Oswego, IL, and former chairman of the Chicago Auto Show. “Whether we’re distributing face masks to our customers and neighbors or raising money for our local schools through a Drive 4 UR School fundraiser, our network of Ford dealerships will continue serving and strengthening the communities we call home.” 


Source: Ford

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