COACHELLA — Ernie Ball, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium guitar strings, bass strings, and guitar accessories, is using his talents to produce face masks, to assist during this novel coronavirus outbreak.
The guitar accessories plant, located in Coachella, has transformed a portion of its manufacturing facility to produce approximately 400, two-ply 100% cotton knit jersey masks each day to help meet the community’s increased need. This comes on the heels of the Riverside County mandate that everyone wear facial protection while outside.
“We are dedicating our accessories and strap manufacturing departments to producing mask and are making it a top priority,” said Brian Ball, CEO of Ernie Ball. “The Coachella Valley is our home and we want to help both local charities and the residents as well.”
The first several runs of masks will be donated to the employees and clienteles of Martha’s Village and other Coachella Valley organizations.
“This is an amazing, potentially life-saving donation and fulfills a very important need for both our frontline staff and more than 120 homeless residents, of which over half are families with children, that otherwise cannot afford masks,” said Linda Barrack, President & CEO of Martha’s Village. “We have over 60 employees that are working very hard to keep up with the rising level of services from the community during this pandemic and this will help to continue to ensure their safety.”
In the near future, Ernie Ball plans to make masks available to all Coachella Valley residents for free. Residents will be able to sign up online and a free mask will be delivered to their home.
“We will be sure to alert residents when masks are available,” commented Ball. “We believe it’s by joining together that we stay strong and we are proud to play a role in helping our community be safe.”
About Ernie Ball:
In 1962, veteran player and teacher Ernie Ball created Slinkys®, the iconic light gauge electric guitar strings widely revered by hundreds of guitar greats including Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Paul McCartney, Metallica, Brad Paisley, Slash, John Petrucci, The Edge and John Mayer. In addition to industry-standard strings, as well as hand-crafted high-end Music Man® guitars and basses, Ernie Ball Inc. offers state-of-the-art instrument accessories that are carried in more than 6,000 stores in the U.S. and 120 countries worldwide. The family-run company maintains its founder’s dedication to preserving the musician’s playing experience and delivering superior sound quality through the development of new products, such as Cobalt Slinkys, M-Steel, Earthwood and the revolutionary Element Shield Packaging, which hermetically seals guitar strings to keep each set as fresh as the day they were made. The company also fosters artist development through musician-focused programs such as the world’s largest and longest running Battle of the Bands, where unsigned bands compete each year for the chance to play live on national tours, festivals and events. Visit them online at ernieball.com and music-man.com
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