As the nation comes together in extraordinary ways to battle COVID-19, Nine Line Apparel is proud to announce its “Masks for Heroes” initiative – a campaign to donate their new American-made protective masks to those in the healthcare, first responder and military communities.
As a US based veteran-owned manufacturer, Nine Line recently joined the fight to solve the country’s critical shortage of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and began shipping their first protective masks to consumers.
Their Homeland AMPP Mask (standing for American Made Personal Protection) is a patent-pending, injection molded, reusable protective mask, and comes with a 10pk of pre-cut, replaceable filter material.
“Three short weeks ago, our coalition had an idea and the motivation to make a difference,” says 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.”
Now, with the first production run of masks complete, Nine Line has pledged to donate one mask for each one purchased on their website to these service sectors in need.
“This giveback initiative is a way for us to show appreciation for their tireless efforts,” says Chief Marketing Officer Rich Caponi. “Starting today, with every mask purchased on our website, we will donate a mask to a frontline hero in need – with a goal of donating 1,000 masks in the next two weeks.”
Merritt and the team are in the process of applying for expedited FDA approval to validate the efficacy of their mask and filtration system. 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, “I’m sending this to my mom who is a nurse on the front lines and 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.”
Merritt & his team believe that the Homeland AMPP Mask is the sustainable, scalable, American made solution to the United States’ reliance on foreign-produced PPE.
To learn more, or to purchase a mask and support the Masks for Heroes campaign, visit www.ninelineapparel.com.
NINE LINE APPAREL: Veteran Brothers in Arms Shaking Up Business and Washington
Veteran brothers in arms shaking up business and Washington
Tyler and Danny Merritt both joined the Army at the ripe old age of 18. Although Tyler pursued a lifelong dream of flying helicopters for the Special Operations community, Daniel found his place on the ground. Both brothers first deployed in 2008 for the 10th Mountain Division as Platoon Leaders in Iraq. At the time, Tyler commanded an Apache Helicopter unit while Daniel was left managing an entire province south of Baghdad. That year was an eye-opening experience for both. The brothers witnessed death, destruction, and sacrifice during their deployments, but from the chaos of war also gained a new clarity of purpose.
Tyler describes his first mission flying CAS (Close Air Support) as interesting to say the least.
“We were tasked with supporting an ODA (Special Operations Detachment) on a capture kill mission. We found a group of insurgents wearing suicide vests running towards our Blackhawks, firing machine guns at the assault force. I was able to squeeze off a few rounds of 30 mm and eliminate the threat.”
Tyler said the level of engagements and flying requirements were so great, almost every member of his command exceeded previous flying records, and they did so without complaint.
“We had a job to do, and our customers, the guys on the ground, needed us.”
Daniel had similar experiences and hardships that first deployment. He lacked the air support needed and his convoy was hit with an IED within the first few months of arriving in theater. His unit was also stretched thin, and when given an opportunity to return stateside for his mid-tour leave, Daniel decided to visit with his brother in Tikrit instead.
“I could have gone home like the rest of my unit, but at that point I thought it would be cool to surprise my little brother. I knew he was having a rough deployment so I surprised him for Thanksgiving.”
Fast forward 10 years and a half dozen deployments later.
Tyler and Danny are still passionately focused on giving back to their country, but in different ways.
In 2013, Daniel left active duty and moved to Savannah GA to start Nine Line Apparel with Tyler, who continued to serve as a Special Operations Air Mission Commander for the famed 160th Division.
From humble beginnings in Tyler’s garage, the two brothers quickly grew Nine Line Apparel into a behemoth clothing line. Their mission was to create and inspire patriotism, and as it turns out— despite what you hear in the news — patriotism is alive and well.
In the past seven years, Nine Line has grown to over 200 employees, many of whom are veterans and veteran spouses. The company’s non-profit initiatives have raised millions of dollars for veteran charities.
To learn more about our mission, visit: www.ninelineapparel.com
Nine Line Apparel Honored our Heroes in a VERY Cool Way
A group of our nation’s veterans decided to honor their fallen brothers and sisters in a very American way over Memorial Day Weekend.
Veteran-owned, Nine Line Apparel teamed up with 11 other companies—including Black Rifle Coffee Company—to sponsor Jeffrey Earnhardt’s car in the Coca Cola 600 in North Carolina. The names of 617 fallen service members were emblazoned on the hood of Earnhardt’s car.
In the lead-up to the race, Nine Line Apparel sold a t-shirt to benefit the non-profit, Angels of America’s Fallen, which provides support to children of fallen military members and first responders. With each purchase of a t-shirt, customers were encouraged to submit a name of a fallen service member to be included on the hood of Earnhardt’s car.
On Sunday, Earnhardt and retired Army captain and CEO of Nine Line, Tyler Merritt, presented Angels of America’s Fallen with a check for $ 15,000.
Angels of America’s Fallen CEO, Joe Lewis told Fox News, “It brings awareness to the fact that there are thousands of children of our fallen that are out there trying to go through their childhood, the most crucial…years without the support or guidance of their parent. It’s really important that as a nation we help those children mitigate the risks they face of increased anxiety, depressions, substance abuse, dropping out of school and even suicide.”