FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Vera Bradley announced today its converting sewing operations at its Fort Wayne facility to make masks, scrubs and other personal protective gear for healthcare and other essential workers.
The company says it will make masks for general protection with fabric used to make handbags and accessories.
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It says it hopes to produce as many masks per day as possible.
Vera Bradley officials sat they will also sell scrubs, lab coats, warm-up jackets and accessories called the VB Healthcare Collection on its website beginning March 30.
It says the collection will be available to healthcare professionals at a discount rate.
“Our Company and Associates are honored to be able to contribute to the cause during this difficult and challenging time,” CEO Rob Wallstrom said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to all affected by COVID-19 and to the courageous people serving on the front lines in our communities. We’re proud to be able to pivot our operations, lend a helping hand, and create a product with so much purpose.”