Under Armour will make protective gear for Md. hospital workers during coronavirus pandemic

March 30, 2020
By Lorraine Mirabella

Under Armour is making and distributing masks and hospital gowns for health care workers at the University of Maryland Medical System and several other medical facilities in the state.

The Baltimore-based sports apparel maker said it is manufacturing medical gear as part of a larger effort to support the state’s medical community during the new coronavirus pandemic.

Under Armour plans to make more than 500,000 masks, assemble and distribute 1,000 face shields and make thousands of hospital gowns in Baltimore.

Medical professionals in the state have found themselves trying to extend the life of masks, gowns and other personal protective equipment as demand exceeds supply as COVID-19 cases have spiked. They have asked for donations from the public as hospitals have had trouble replenishing supplies.

Randy Harward, Under Armour’s senior vice president of advanced material and manufacturing innovation, will lead the brand’s medical gear effort. Harward typically works in Under Armour’s The Lighthouse in Port Covington, where the brand develops products and does small-batch manufacturing.

Under Armour said it planned to announce additional details March 31, 2020.