New Era Cap, otherwise known as the company that has provided the official on-field caps for all MLB teams since 1993, has announced that they will be shutting down their factory in upstate New York.
The factory is set to close in March as a part of the company's efforts in changing their business model, according to Tim O'Shei and Keith McShea of The Buffalo News.
Breaking, meanwhile, in upstate this AM: New Era Cap, is shutting down its manufacturing facility south of Buffalo; plant makes millions of baseball caps a year (all MLB players wear their caps). 219 jobs affected. https://t.co/cNXQEiXbVA— Tom Precious (@TomPreciousALB) November 13, 2018
The factory is located just south of Buffalo in Derby, NY and the closing will affect the jobs of 219 workers.
Not only does New Era have a contract with the MLB, but they also have deals with the NFL and NBA. If you are a sports fan, you most likely own multiple New Era caps, regardless of the affiliation.
New Era Cap statement on closing of the Derby plant. Over 200 will be out of work. pic.twitter.com/WHunqcIvUo— Brian Mazurowski (@BMaz1) November 13, 2018
In a written statement from New Era, the company stated that going forward, they will make the on-field MLB caps in their current facility in Florida.