LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- StringKing is getting ready to open up a new factory here in Los Angeles and it's looking to hire hundreds of people.
The Los Angeles-based company initially focused on making lacrosse equipment and other sporting goods. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, it shifted to producing masks, hospital gowns and other badly-needed personal protective equipment.
Most of the production work was overseas, until now.
"At one point we were making gowns in China, but we decided to bring it home and back to Los Angeles," said CEO Jake McCampbell.
StringKing is currently opening a new factory to make hospital gowns and they are hiring. They need close to 600 employees.
The company acknowledges opening a business in Southern California can be challenging.
"There are a lot of minimum-wage laws in Los Angeles, but also a lot of skilled people, so you have to balance that," said McCampbell.
StringKing has a government contract and can promise at least a year's worth of work. They also promise if another pandemic hits, American manufacturers will be ready.
"If something like this happened today, I think we are better equipped to handle it as a country," said McCampbell.
And just as importantly hundreds will also have jobs that boost the economy.