We're happy to report that we are back to work in our Philadelphia manufacturing facility making masks and will deliver the first cases to local hospitals today!
Founder and CEO John Strotbeck shows how Boathouse is making the PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) to protect front line Doctors, Nurses, patients and first responders, as well as get our employees back to work safely during the Covid-19 pandemic.
We have identified a unique supply of PPE materials sitting in hospitals. We have designed masks for surgical use that were approved by CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia). We received our first lot of these materials from CHOP today at 1:00 PM. We now have an order from CHOP for 31,000 masks. We start making these tomorrow!
Boathouse is taking steps to convert our workplace from an athletic apparel to PPE medical supplies. This will solve a number of problems including providing essential medical personnel lifesaving protective supplies, getting our employees back to work, and allowing our business to continue until this pandemic is over. Most importantly, it’s the right thing to do! We believe we are days away from a solution that may provide some immediate healthcare value and speaking with multiple contacts about how we can help them.
Watch The video Update Below:
To the Boathouse community:
For 30+ years Boathouse has been manufacturing custom athletic apparel for Schools and Teams nationwide and abroad.
We have always been committed to doing the right thing over these three decades, including manufacturing all of Boathouse apparel here in our vertically integrated, Philadelphia USA factory.
We employ hundreds full time with good pay and benefits. As our core business has come to a halt we have dedicated our company and ourselves to solving two of today’s most immediate problems.
We are ready to pivot all of our assets including our people, equipment, facilities and time to make urgently needed medical coats, masks, gowns, protective gear, etc.
We will operate with utmost care for our employees, with daily and constant cleaning of all surfaces that come into contact with people and by requiring employees to follow CDC personal care protocol.
We are committed to helping the medical community as much as we possibly can. And we are committed to helping our employees, many of whom are hourly workers that have been with us for more than 10 years.
We need some help from suppliers of fabrics, materials for masks, medical gowns, etc. Please contact us if you have readily available supply of medical fabrics. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We have the rest and we're ready to go.
Best to all,
John Strotbeck | Founder/CEO
M Kent Zambelli | President/COO
The Boathouse Team