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These leaders are making a difference

by | Apr 26, 2020 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

A few weeks ago, many of us logged onto social media and found a familiar face smiling at us beneath a hand-drawn logo. Actor John Krasinski has just debuted his fun, upbeat, and inspiring “Some Good News” YouTube series. The former The Office and current Jack Ryan star showcased some of the happiest news on social media for the week to the delight of hundreds of thousands who have viewed and shared that first video. And, he’s kept it up each week, with assists from famous friends such as Steve Carell, Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Joe Buck, as well as the cast of Hamilton, and recently adding a happy musical intro from Squad Harmonix.

Week after week, Krasinski shares timely, inspirational videos of creative parents connecting with their kids and healthcare workers celebrating patients being released from the hospital. He’s also finding creative ways to celebrate and appreciate those on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19, and giving us simple reasons to smile like silly weather reports from very unofficial meteorologists. 

Finding creative ways to solve big challenges

You may have seen videos of farmers across the country having to dump fresh produce and milk due to reduced demand. Florida-based grocery chain, Publix, saw those videos too, and they decided to step up in a big way to help these farmers as well as food banks that are struggling to keep up with current demand. The grocery chain is leveraging its storage and distribution infrastructure to purchase the fresh produce and milk from the farmers, then donating the much-needed food to Feeding America, a US-based network of more than 200 food banks that helps to feed more than 46 million people. Speaking of this effort, Publix CEO Todd Jones said, “We are grateful to be able to help produce farmers, dairies, and families in our communities…”

This is an impressive example of a business finding a creative way to use what they have to help people on both ends of their supply chain.

Moving across the country from the Sunshine State, when the call came, asking for ventilators to help COVID-19 patients in Sacramento, California, two Sandpoint, Idaho based companies, Percussonaire and Daher, came together to meet that need, recently delivering a “rush order” of 1,000 emergency ventilators that will help medical teams in California’s hardest-hit areas keep up the fight. To meet this need, Percussonaire had to dramatically ramp up production, and they proved more than able to do so. President and CEO Mark Baillie described how his company met the challenge. “We average roughly 100 ventilators per month… We’re probably toning around 3,000 at this stage.” And they are not done yet. Local media reports they expect to eclipse 6,000 soon.  

With manufacture underway, someone else needed to step up to manage the logistics of delivery. Enter Daher’s Kodiak Aircraft Operations. Working with the Bonner County EDC, Daher and Kodiak were able to transport the ventilators directly from Sandpoint to Sacramento. The life-saving ventilators were in the air and on the way to California just hours after coming off the assembly line.

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