GUILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Ned Lamont toured Bio-Med Devices, Inc. in Guilford Sunday morning. BMD is a manufacturing company that is producing ventilators being used in hospitals around the world for coronavirus patients.
The Office of the Governor reports the company has executed a purchase order with the State of Connecticut for ventilators for COVID-19 patients.
Governor Lamont toured the facility, spoke with the company’s executives, and saw the production of this much-needed medical equipment first-hand.
In a press conference following the tour, the CEO of Bio-Med, Dean Bennett, reported his company has been making ventilators since 1973 and now, during this time of great need for these life-saving machines, employees are working seven days a week and overtime during the week to make as many life-support machines as possible.
Governor Lamont reported the company has committed to producing 100 ventilators for the state: 10 every week for the next 10 weeks.
Both Lamont and Bennett said the only thing that would slow down the production is not having enough manpower or supplies. The governor said he is going to work with Bennett to help them locally- source the parts they need for the machines.
Gov. Lamont said the State anticipated and planned well for this pandemic with the Health Department’s modeling for infections and their knowledge of the capacity of CT’s hospital’s ER departments. But, the governor says, they did not anticipate correctly how in-demand ventilators would be during the pandemic.
The governor praised Bio-Med saying the company is saving lives with their machines: “Ventilators save lives, so Bio-Med Devises saves lives. So we will do everything we can to help you expand.”
WEB EXTRA: Bio-Med CEO Dean Bennett and Governor Lamont speak about the work of Bio-Med Devises and their manufacturing of ventilators during the coronavirus outbreak