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Philadelphia athletic apparel manufacturer Boathouse Sports announced in March it was preparing to use its equipment, facilities, and employees to make medical coats, masks, gowns, and protective gear for health care workers fighting COVID-19. The move is intended to both address a chronic shortage in critical medical supplies and keep Boathouse workers employed as its core business slows during the ongoing public-health emergency. “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,” said founder and CEO John Strotbeck and president M Kent Zambelli in a statement online.