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Patch.com: Rockville Table Tennis Company Mass Produces Face Masks

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A Rockville company is starting production on face masks in order to help stop the spread of the new coronavirus.

By Gillian Smith, Patch Staff
Apr 22, 2020 4:53 pm ET

ROCKVILLE, MD – A Rockville company that is well-known for making table tennis equipment is putting aside the sporting goods and starting production on face masks in order to help stop the spread of the new coronavirus.

Joola, a Rockville-based sporting goods company with warehouses in California, Germany, Brazil and China, has stopped all production of its table tennis gear and has start production on personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and face masks for the American public.

Company president Richard Lee decided to make the transition into producing face masks when his sister, Vivian Lee, an anesthesiologist, reached out and asked if Joola could help with the nation-wide shortage of PPE, according to an introduction video on the company’s website.

With this in mind, Richard Lee launch Joola Medical.

New CDC guidelines advise Americans to wear face masks or coverings while in public settings where social distancing cannot be observed, such as grocery stores or pharmacies. In order provide better access to face masks, Joola has also started producing 3-ply face masks that are sufficient for use in public settings while observing social distancing standards.

According to their website, the company uses FDA-approved manufacturers and samples have been tested by product testing labs by American Society for Testing and Materials standards.