A Scotsman in Greenville called some people he knew and caused about 1.5 million face masks from China to land on a tarmac at GSP.
It wasn’t nearly that simple, Neil Ferrier said Sunday afternoon as politicians, reporters and representatives from Prisma Health and Boeing watched a Dreamlifter land with the cargo at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport’s Cerulean Aviation facilities.
“The full story of it would probably read like a movie script,” said Ferrier, owner of Discommon, an industrial design company. “It has been an astonishing series of events. I shouldn’t have been surprised. South Carolina is an incredible place for us and it was basically one phone call before we had 100% dedication to see this though from the partners involved.”
Like health care systems everywhere, Prisma Health is constantly looking for supplies of personal protective equipment in its battle against COVID-19.
Discommon designs and sells high-end luxury products that usually have nothing to do with medical supplies. However, Ferrier was aware of the PPE shortage, and his connections in China said they could make medical-grade masks. He contacted U.S. Rep. William Timmons, who reached out to Prisma