COVID-19 Update #2: Switching Things Up
First and foremost, we wanna thank all ya’ll for your overwhelming support over the last several days. We asked and you guys delivered with HUGE support which has helped us shore up to keep our employees working and happy. Your amazing support means that we will not need to furlough anyone during these crazy times. We can't tell you how much that means to us.
Second, speaking of our amazing employees, their ingenuity sparked our decision to temporarily stop sewing our line, and start making masks to help our healthcare workers. When the workers at the factory were unable to purchase masks for their own safety, they sewed their own. We've been reading stories about healthcare workers being asked to bring in truck-stop bandanas to protect themselves or re-using masks for weeks at a time – and we wanted to help.
Long (crazy) story short, we were able to reach out to our network to get connected to the right folks and we're making masks for hospitals/urgent care and field workers (wholesale only, not selling to the general public). This is a win-win as we see it. We get to help the medical workers on the frontlines while keeping our factory workers paid during tough times. We will share more details about this in the coming days/weeks and may have some questions for you here.
To be clear: ALL preorders that we’ve taken are going to be fulfilled. And the stuff we have already in production is going to finish and release to you guys. But you’re gonna see a drop off in new releases from us for the next month or two as we spool up mask production. We truly believe in our value: “Take less, do more.” To us, that means doing what we can in this mess while balancing the need to pay our people.
Third, as you’re very aware, information and things are moving at a crazy pace. Our warehouse remains open for the time being and we’re still having employees follow social distancing and sanitizing protocols. This is still subject to change so we’ll keep you updated as we get information.
Finally, we just want to say thank you so much! It’s incredible the outpouring of support we’ve received from you guys. If you have any questions or want to help us with any of the above, or just offer advice, drop us a line - firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Ryan and the PL Team