MLB jersey maker will shift to masks and gowns
## ## A company that manufactures jerseys for Major League Baseball will shift its production to masks and gowns for health care workers as the nation and New Jersey battle the coronavirus pandemic.
Fanatics co founder Michael Rubin also a part owner of the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils said in a Twitter thread Thursday that Pennsylvania Gov.
They’re keeping extra distance from each other as they work, at the 360,000 square foot plant in Palmer Township. The goal is to produce 1 million masks and gowns and then donate them to hospitals and emergency management personnel.
Rubin was watching TV last week when he was struck by the idea to pitch in on the COVID 19 virus fight.
While Rubin considered how he could make it happen, St. Luke’s University Health Network reached out to Fanatics late last week about the possibility of the company manufacturing masks. Along with Wolf, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro had contacted Rubin over the weekend and told Rubin the state was in “dire need” of more masks and gowns.
The first line of production is from fabric that would have been Phillies and Yankees apparel.
For now, they will be distributed in Pennsylvania, but the company hopes to later send them to New York and New Jersey which are No. 1 and No. 2 in the country for confirmed cases of the virus, respectively.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred was briefed on the plan and approved it. The league and Fanatics will absorb all costs of production, a company spokesman said.
Business is booming for other companies meeting coronavirus related demands.
There are 6,876 confirmed cases of the virus in New Jersey and 1,687 confirmed coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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