MyPillow is joining the effort to win the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic by shifting 75% of their production to making protective gear for front line hospital workers.
Mike Lindell, CEO of the Minnesota-based company, says that two-thirds of MyPillow’s production will be dedicated to manufacturing cotton masks for the doctors and nurses battling the coronavirus pandemic that has infected thousands throughout the world, affecting celebrities like Tom Hanks and regular people alike. He says that 90% of the company’s sewers will be focusing on making the masks.
MyPillow is excited to announce that we are now manufacturing face masks for hospitals across the country! pic.twitter.com/KcW4L7i9WC
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“We have capacity to make a lot of things at big rates and we’re going to be going hopefully from 10,000 units a day to 50,000 units a day in a very short period of time,” said Lindell.
Shifting production away from pillows took about three weeks since it was difficult to get a supply of the elastic to make the masks. The components for making other types of mask – such as the more effective N95 – are currently unavailable, so the company will only be making cotton masks at this time. Lindell said that MyPillow worked with the Donald Trump administration to get the correct design.
“Something is better than nothing to get [health care workers] through. This has been a great unifier of everybody private sector, government, everybody getting involving and uniting as a country and as a people and we show what we can do when the chips are down,” said Lindell.
The masks will be shipped to hospitals throughout the country and will not be available for sale to the general public, who are supposed to be staying the fuck home in quarantine anyway.