Sandpoint’s Percussonaire teams up with Daher to fly 1,000 ventilators to Sacramento
SANDPOINT, Idaho — Sandpoint-based Percussonaire and Daher have teamed up to fly 1,000 ventilators to COVID-19 patients in California.
On Thursday, they brought out their Kodiak plane to bring over all the medical devices as quick as they could.
Percussonaire got the request for 1,000 ventilators from the state of California about two weeks ago. They got straight to work and started ramping up production.
“We average roughly 100 ventilators per month,” said Mark Baillie, President and CEO of Percussonaire Corporation. “We’re probably toning around close to 3,000 at this stage.”
This month, they’re expecting to make it to the 6,000 mark.
In an effort to get them sent off as quickly as possible, the Bonner County Economic Development Committee approached Kodiak Aircraft Operations, made by Daher.
“As the need arose, we found out that the best way we could collaborate with them was to provide the expedient delivery of these aircraft from Sandpoint directly to the point of destination in Sacramento, California,” said Jason Eddy, Vice President of Kodiak Aircraft Operations. “At that, we realized that we [Percussionaire] have a common DNA with wanting to help people.”
Workers from Percussionaire stuffed the plane with ventilators, each one a necessity for a hospitalized COVID-19 patient.
“The aircraft was designed for humanitarian purposes,” said Eddy. “To take a need and get it delivered to the people that need it most and ventilators are absolutely a need right now.”
“Our technology is life-saving,” said Baillie. “I want the patients to know they’re going to get the best care as quick as possible.”
About 120 ventilators were shipped off Wednesday and Thursday. The rest of the order is expected to be in California by next week.
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