Artisan golf manufacturers Seamus Golf temporarily shuttered their online storefront, which specializes in hand-crafted accessories such as golf bags, headcovers, ball markers and divot repair tools, in favor of creating personal protective equipment (PPE) for doctors, nurses and first responders during the coronavirus pandemic.
Seamus Golf’s co-founders, Akbar and Megan Chisti, announced in an Instagram post over the weekend that they had already begun the process of getting designs approved for masks, which they estimate will result in 5,000 masks every three days.
“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 (included in the picture),” the social post said. “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 increase our workforce if that need presented itself.”
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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
In a further email to customers, the Christis explained their process and gave an email address for primary care physicians, nurses, and first responders free of charge.
“We are using materials and constructing them in a way that each of these individuals still wants us to send them masks to use as a last resort,” the email said. “They have confirmed that what we are making is better than what they are resorting to use. We do not have the N95 material but are seeking it.
“If you are on the frontline and would like an emergency kit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Seamus Golf Pausing Operations To Make Masks For Physicians, Nurses, First Responders https://t.co/kIbGLbdN4W
— Geoff Shackelford (@GeoffShac) March 24, 2020
According to reports, the requirement for N95 masks over the course of the coronavirus pandemic will reach well into the billions. Various companies, including 3M and Fiat Chrysler, are stepping up to help achieve the number of requests required by the Department of Health and Human Services, which estimates medical workers will require 3.5 billion face masks in the next year.