This golf company is joining the fight against coronavirus
Seamus Golf, the uber-popular headcover and golf accessory company, has temporarily shuttered its website as a result of coronavirus. But unlike many other companies that were forced out of business as a result of the global economic downturn caused by the virus, Seamus is closing business in an effort to help save lives.
In a message posted to the Seamus website, founders Megan and Akbar Christi announced the company would shift its production to begin creating face masks for healthcare workers.
By taking last week to disinfect and set up the office for social distanced production, we believe that we can continue to make products and keep our employees through this time. We are temporarily closing the store to allow the full team to focus and assess the situation with masks. Our second production run begins tonight.
Doctors, nurses and other workers on the frontlines of the fight against the coronavirus are clinging to dwindling supplies of personal protective equipment (or PPE) needed for safe treatment. The mask situation has grown so dire, the Centers for Disease Control recommends healthcare workers without alternative options use “homemade masks” like bandanas or scarves to protect themselves.
Seamus, which is based out of Beaverton, Ore., is ramping up mask production in the interim and asking those in need to reach out.
“If you are on the frontline and would like an emergency kit, please email email@example.com,” the letter on the website said. “We are using our materials and constructing (the masks) in a way that each of these individuals are requesting to use as a last resort. They have confirmed that what we are making is better than what they are resorting to use.”
Over the weekend, Seamus shared a photo of a mask prototype they had produced. As of now, they are ramping up production to as many as 5,000 masks in a three day period, or just shy of 1,700 masks per day.
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30% OFF SITE WIDE // Sometime today, our Co-Founder Megan will be provided with more information on the actual design tech pack and materials to be used. We are proud of our team. They took the time to design a mask and figured out how many we can make. 5,000 in three days with our 10 sewers sewing if it were the design above. Our team is well accustomed to working on projects we’ve never worked on before. Some of our team learned to sew at SEAMUS, thus it is possible that we could to increase our workforce if that need presented itself. In the meantime, we will continue to offer a 30% site wide to all customers until we are making masks. Having taken serious steps to ensure Social Distancing, we now truly believe we are in a position to help. #farandsure
Seamus’ announcement comes just days after several prominent New York City fashion designers announced similar plans to manufacture masks. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a call to action to any companies capable of joining the effort to “be creative to supply the crucial gear our healthcare workers need.”
As for their business, the Seamus online store is temporarily closed. If you’ve already placed an order, Seamus says they’re honoring all transactions made before the shutdown. Customers who have questions about the status of their order can contact customer service via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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