Our team had been following the news of the ever-growing need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) across many sectors. Like you, we saw reports on the news and social media about people in healthcare and essential industries putting themselves in harm’s way without the tools they needed to stay safe and healthy.
A few weeks ago, one of my consulting and supply chain vendors, Sussman & Han, was working with us to order building supplies for some of our upcoming construction projects in Maryland when their CEO reached out to me and told me that because of his family’s 100+ year history of importing and exporting in the United States, they had great relationships to source PPE to organizations in need of these supplies and asked if I would be interested in working with them to focus time on this effort. It was an easy Yes.
Since then, our Maryland-based team (with partners on the East and West Coasts) has been working day and night to identify U.S. municipalities, government agencies, public and private hospitals, nursing homes, and other essential organizations that need supplies, while Sussman & Han has used its deep international relationships and has been visiting and communicating with dozens of manufacturers across the world to negotiate the most affordable rates for certified PPE’s that are available in the market.
Over the last few weeks, we have worked together to facilitate the sourcing and delivery of millions of units of FDA certified 3-ply masks, KN-95 masks, N-95 masks, and no-touch thermometers, amongst other supplies, to institutions from New York, NY to Birmingham, AL to Irvine, CA.
If you told us in February that our Properties and Strategic Consulting firms would be delivering millions of units of PPE, I would have said you had the wrong company capabilities statements. But people were in need of help and my team believes this is the most important thing our small businesses can be doing right now to address the COVID-19 crisis we are all facing together.
If you, or an organization you are aware of, are on the front lines in healthcare, government, or essential businesses and are in need of supplies, please let us know.
We have also donated thousands of units at our cost and are doing everything we can to continue to donate where we can or to help organize smaller orders.
Please stay safe, stay healthy, and do whatever you can to help those on the front lines. We are all in this together, but for many it doesn’t always feel that way. We plan to do our small part to bridge the gap.
President & CEO
Mayson-Dixon Properties & Development
MD Strategic Consulting