Chicago Sports Medical Equipment Startup Now Producing Masks For Companies Reopening After Shutdowns

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By WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM
CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A Chicago-based startup that made medical equipment for sports injuries is moving into the PPE market.
 
Lake Effect Medical, which started last fall, has been since retooled the company's manufacturing facility in Florida to make microbe-resistant facemasks, said founder Nathan Gray. He said his company was able to make the transition from the medical supplies market to facemasks for the consumer market.
 
"We started off making these for employees, for family, for friends," Gray said. "We're up to manufacturing 20,000 per day. We've made hundreds of thousands of these."
 
Lake Effect has sold masks to families as well as companies who want to have a supply of facemasks on hand when they resume in-person operation. Gray said they even received an order from the Miami Heat professional basketball team.
 
The company is selling two masks per order, including one small bottle of hand sanitizer.