Fanatics, the company that manufactures uniforms for Major League Baseball, has suspended production on jerseys and is instead using the fabric to make masks and gowns for hospitals in Pennsylvania and nearby states.
Michael Rubin, founder and executive chairman of Fanatics, came up with the idea to turn the 360,000-square-foot facility in Easton, Pennsylvania, into a factory for the COVID-19 virus fight.
While Rubin considered how he could make it happen, St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, reached out late last week about the possibility of the company manufacturing masks. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro each contacted Rubin over the weekend and told Rubin the state was in "dire need" of more masks and gowns.
Fanatics developed a prototype that was approved by the state's emergency agency and by Tuesday the company halted production of all baseball jerseys.