STRATFORD \u2014 A Milford-based maker of sports protective equipment is moving to Stratford, according to a real estate broker. Force3 Pro Gear, currently located on Banner Drive in Milford, will be the new occupant of 240 Hathaway Drive in Stratford, Bruce Wettenstein, of Westport-based Vidal\/Wettenstein, announced in a prepared statement Friday. Force3 Pro Gear manufactures and distributes protective gear for the sports industry, with equipment it manufactures currently worn by many professional baseball catchers, according to the company. The company\u2019s mission is to reduce sports-related injuries, especially concussions, by developing better protective equipment for athletes. Other partners include Babe Ruth Baseball, Cal Ripken Baseball, and the Amateur Baseball Umpires Association, according to the company\u2019s website. \u201cWe are thrilled to call Stratford our home and with a building this size, we will be able to fuel our growth and allow us to expand our resources to support our mission to end all concussions,\u201d Force3 Pro Gear President and founder Jason Klein, a former minor league baseball umpire, said in a prepared statement. \u201cThis much-needed new space will serve as our showroom for all our products, office space for employees, in-house customizations, new test facility, warehouse and all direct-to-consumer capabilities,\u201d Klein said. \u201cWe are excited to showcase all of our products in our new showroom.\u201d MLB Players, Inc., the business arm of the Major League Baseball Players Association, officially recognized the company as a \u201cCatcher\u2019s Mask Partner\u201d in July. As part of the deal, MLB Players, Inc. became a shareholder in the company. \u201cEnsuring the safety and wellness of players is at the forefront of all that we do, and we admire Force3 Pro Gear\u2019s mission to manufacture safe equipment for catchers and umpires,\u201d MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark said. The 20,062-square-foot industrial building was sold for $1.85 million. The deal closed Monday, according to town land records. The buyer was Hooke & Bridgewater Associates Ltd., a Branford-based limited liability company. The seller was BKB Associates, which purchased the 0.92-acre Lordship property for $975,000 in 1999. The building had been owned and occupied by the Lindquist Security Company for over 25 years, Wettenstein said. The company had recently liquidated its inventory and closed. Bruce Wettenstein, of Vidal\/Wettenstein was the listing Broker. Lawrence Langerman of Karp, Langerman of Milford was counsel for the seller.