From our founding, our company mission statement was to honor the sacrifices made daily by the men and women in uniform, whether they wear the uniform of police, firefighters, health care professionals or warfighters, and inspire every American to be a patriot.
Our company was named Nine Line, a term known throughout the military as a call for help because we wanted to make sure those who have served – and are serving - knew they always have a voice and a lifeline in their hour of need.
Now, those who are serving this nation on the frontlines of the battle against the spread of the coronavirus need America’s help more than ever. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is in short supply and we’ve joined the fight to solve this critical shortage.
With a team of designers, doctors, engineers and other manufacturers, Nine Line has developed the Homeland American Made Personal Protection (AMPP) mask. It’s a patent-pending, injection molded, 100 percent American-made protective mask. And it’s reusable. Each mask comes with a 10-pack of pre-cut, replaceable filter material.
“Three short weeks ago, our coalition had an idea and the motivation to make a difference,” said Tyler Merritt, founder and CEO of Nine Line Apparel. “We’ve invested millions of dollars toward the accelerated development and testing of this mask system, and we’re excited to finally get it into the hands of those in need.”
Nine Line’s coalition is in the process of applying for expedited FDA approval to validate the efficacy of the mask and filtration system. But in the meantime, Merritt believes enough in the product to deploy it to those he cares about most: his mother, a nurse battling COVID-19 on the frontlines and his father, an at-risk as cancer survivor.
He believes that the Homeland AMPP Mask is a “better solution than any of the other non-FDA approved devices currently flooding the market with false claims of effectiveness.”
Merritt continues, "we've put our heart and soul into doing this the right way - teaming with leading engineers, filtration experts, and health care professionals to develop a rapidly scalable American made solution. I hope we (as a country) learn from this and never outsource the manufacturing of PPE ever again.”
With the first masks now coming off production lines, we’re supporting the healthcare, first responder, and military communities with our “Masks for Heroes” initiative.
We believe our Homeland AMPP Mask is the sustainable, scalable, American-made solution to the United States’ reliance on foreign-produced PPE. But we need your help to make it happen.