Fanatics, the company that makes uniforms for Major League Baseball, has switched gears and is now producing protective face masks and gowns amid the coronavirus pandemic. They have suspended their jersey production temporarily.
The company took to Twitter with the announcement.
Fanatics developed the prototype and halted jersey production by Tuesday.
Rubin told the Associated Press that he quickly gained the blessing of MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. Rubin hopes to produce nearly 15,000 masks and gowns a day.
The production plant had been closed as a nonessential business, but has now brought about 100 workers back to produce the supplies. They're making single-use Level 1 masks used for low-risk, nonsurgical procedures.
Rubin says of the project, "We're less worried about manufacturing jerseys and more worried about just saving lives."