American Elite Molding Forms New Company to Begin U.S. Production of Filter Material for Personal Protective Equipment

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New American manufacturer American Elite Personal Protective Equipment will manufacture melt blown polypropylene, the critical filter medium used in medical grade face masks and gowns, at its Ft. Walton Beach, FL facility.

No longer will China control the supply of this vitally important material. We will provide American-made filter material for medical grade masks and gowns.

American Elite Molding, America’s leading manufacturer of cable ties, proudly announces the start-up of a new company to address the dire need for U.S.-manufactured materials for the personal protective equipment market in the United States. The new company, American Elite Personal Protective Equipment (American Elite PPE), will begin production of melt blown polypropylene, the critical filter medium used in medical grade face masks and gowns, in early September 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the fact that the supply of materials used to make personal protective equipment comes primarily from offshore manufacturers, and the risks of that have become apparent as widespread delays, shortages, and quality issues have occurred. The key to highly effective masks and gowns is the layer of melt blown polypropylene. This material filters very small particles and organisms efficiently while allowing enough porosity to breathe easily. American Elite PPE is gaining U.S. control of this crucial product by investing in its own manufacturing facility and establishing a U.S.-based supply chain.

American Elite PPE will manufacture melt blown filter material, the critical medium used in medical grade face masks and gowns, using polypropylene sourced from U.S. manufacturers. The filtering material will be made in the company’s Florida location by American workers, using equipment that has been designed, manufactured, and machined in the U.S. with advanced machining techniques used in domestic high tech industries.

American Elite PPE is currently taking orders for deliveries of the melt blown filter material, in bulk and custom cut rolls, beginning in September of this year. To order, call Ty Whitacre at 1-260-438-4491 or email

"No longer will China control the supply of this vitally important material,” said American Elite Molding Founder and CEO Robert Sires. “We are proud to be an American manufacturer that produces more than 1.5 billion cable ties in the United States utilizing American-made raw material and supplies. We have proven ourselves to be highly competitive with manufacturers in China and other offshore locations. Now, through our new company American Elite PPE, we will provide American-made products for the personal protective equipment that our front line healthcare providers, first responders, and citizens are so dependent upon. Our production lines are staffed by Americans who are committed to manufacturing the highest quality filter material. We manufacture to tight specifications so our customers can trust that they are getting the protection they need. We believe that during this crisis, it’s vital for the U.S. to secure a reliable, sustainable source of PPE material supply for critical healthcare needs, and for Americans to buy from U.S. businesses to support our economy and our workers. This new initiative delivers on both counts.”

American Elite PPE is America’s trusted manufacturing source for critical filter material, setting the standard for this vital material used in personal protective equipment. The company’s vision is to protect families, healthcare workers, first responders, and workers in industry with its American-made melt blown nonwoven polypropylene. American Elite PPE is proud to offer this critical filtering medium made from raw materials produced in the United States, processed on equipment built in the United States and operated by American workers. For more information, visit

Celebrating its 22nd anniversary, American Elite Molding is the parent company of American Elite PPE and America’s leading manufacturer of nylon cable ties. Located in Crestview, Florida, its state-of-the-art ISO 9001-certified facility operates 24/7/365 and boasts the most advanced production processes in the U.S. AEM offers an extensive line of cable ties in a variety of lengths, tensile strengths, and colors, plus accessories such as mounting pads and cable clamps. American Elite Molding’s specialty products include EZ-Off™ ties, releasable ties, custom-printed ties, and HVAC duct straps. All cable ties use virgin nylon 6/6 to guarantee superior quality and are UL Listed and Mil-Spec approved, including UL 62275 Type 21S. Every cable tie and fastener AEM makes uses materials that are 100% made in America from start to finish. Vydyne® PA66 is entirely manufactured in America by Ascend Performance Materials and is designed to perform in the toughest environments. AEM maintains a full inventory of all cable ties for Just-in-Time delivery from regional stocking locations to its national distributor network. American Elite Molding is committed to continuous improvement in quality and service in all areas. The company focuses on customer success as well as satisfaction, and all American Elite Molding products are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. For more information, call 1-888-463-3454, visit, or find AEM on Facebook.

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