Behind the Brand
In the military, a Nine Line is a medevac request for a soldier that is injured on the battlefield. To soldiers, a Nine Line symbolizes patriotism, hope, and trust in one’s countrymen.
As a life-style brand, Nine Line Apparel represents the grit and commitment of all Patriotic Americans. Nine Line aims to promote the issues faced by all those who have served their country, on both foreign and domestic soil, and encourages a conversation between those who serve and those who support them.
Our goal is to bridge the gap between civilians and service members, whether they are military veterans, law enforcement, or first responders. At Nine Line, we know that only united can the American people fight injustice and preserve our freedom and independence. We aim to be a voice for the people, a channel through which patriotic Americans can make themselves heard.
The Founding of Nine Line
Relentlessly Patriotic since 2012
What initially was conceived as a promotional products company between two brothers, evolved into the brand Nine Line Apparel in 2012. It began in Tyler's garage, and eventually the operation moved to a small house. When Tyler was deployed shortly before the holidays in 2013, Daniel and Angela, Tyler’s then pregnant wife, stepped up to manage their first holiday rush - printing, packaging, and shipping shirts throughout Thanksgiving and Christmas. The house didn't sustain the business long, and they moved the company to a small storefront near downtown Savannah in 2014.
Though the storefront initially seemed to have an abundance of space, ten months hadn't passed before Nine Line outgrew its new home. Even after leasing the property next door, purchasing half a dozen shipping conexes, and installing two mobile office trailers, the rate of growth continued to surpass available space. It didn’t take long for Nine Line to outgrow the storefront property near downtown Savannah. On October 12, 2017, Nine Line hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of their new 60,000 square foot facility on the outskirts of Savannah.
Nine Line is committed to continuing to create jobs here in America. We have made a conscious decision to move away from foreign made materials wherever possible, and are committed to creating a cut & sew factory here in Savannah, GA in the next three years. Although remaining profitable is the tenet of any successful business, we have innovative ways to ensure this occurs while returning manufacturing to the US. We will continue to hone our skills in the Apparel industry while expanding to markets outside of Apparel.
At its core, Nine Line is a give-back organization, forever striving to be our brother’s keeper, and encouraging others to do the same. We support a multitude of initiatives beyond raising awareness, and financially back organizations that help those in need. From first responders to military charities to disaster relief initiatives, Nine Line is committed to ongoing support of charitable initiatives. No matter the circumstances, we've got your six.
Nine Line is proud to donate a portion of all sales to the Nine Line Foundation, a 100% nonprofit 501(c)(3) founded by Tyler Merritt that is dedicated to improving the lives of our nation's most severely wounded servicemembers. To learn more about our Foundation, please visit www.ninelinefoundation.org.
- Nine Line currently employs over 150 veterans, military spouses, former law enforcement, and patriotic Americans.
- In 2017, Nine Line was ranked as #85 by Inc magazine as one of the fastest growing privately owned companies in the United States, at a rate of 4,401.8% , our 2nd year being in the top 100 of the Inc 5000 list (in 2016, we were #31). On this list, Nine Line was also ranked #5 in the retail industry, and #4 overall in the state of Georgia.
- Co-founder CPT Tyler Merritt acted as CEO while still serving active duty in the Army until his retirement from the military in 2017.
- Co-Founder Daniel Merritt is a Major in the US Army Reserve.