Louisville Slugger is shutting down its doors. The iconic baseball company is closing down its factory amid the coronavirus pandemic in an effort to cut costs. All factories and museums are being shut down, while employees have been furloughed.
“We’re not doing any advertising,” John Hillerich IV, the company’s CEO, told the Courier-Journal. “We’ve cut all our expenses we can. We’re just hoping we get back to normal before we run out of cash.”
Louisville Slugger produces approximately 50,000 wood bats a year for Major League Baseball.
The company has been around since the late 1800s.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 41,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.