Personal Protective Equipment Updates

Personal Protective Equipment Updates

We’re doing our part to help healthcare workers across the country by making personal protective equipment. Check back for daily updates on our progress! 


March 27, 2020:

  • Made 500 Shields
  • Organized the warehouse to receive over 300 boxes of Material due on Monday
  • Delivered our first two orders to local health care providers

delivering ppe to local hospital

March 26, 2020:

  • Began to receive all materials and tools required to produce
  • Set up the production floor to produce PPE at scale
  • Made our first 50 shields to test our process and ensure quality
  • Resized length of elastic and adjusted staple placement for comfort

sewing ppe

March 25, 2020:

  • Elastic samples arrived at our production facility in Baltimore, MD

ppe mask

March 24, 2020:

  • The necessary foam and elastic was ordered
  • An employee picked up samples from a local vendor and brought them to our manufacturing facility 
  • The requested larger prototype was created 
production facility

March 23, 2020:

  • The White House Task Force was in touch with us and approved our latest prototype, but said a larger shield would be better
  • A Safety Committee was formed
  • The Committee created safety protocol for all employees to follow 

creating PPE masks in lab

March 22, 2020:

  • We contacted dozens of suppliers of foam, plastic, and elastic materials so we could begin producing the shields in mass quantities  
  • Ryan secured 90,000 yards of elastic which is good for 180,000 shields

March 21, 2020:

  • CEO, Ryan Millman, and Engineer, Cheyne Smith developed an initial PPE shield prototype
  • Ryan shared a Facebook Update with our community and we received an overwhelming response

PPE shield


  1. Allen Round

    Your “we’re here for the healthcare workers” message about what Nationsphotolab is doing is worth smiling about. Thanks.

  2. Sabrina Johnson

    THANK YOU! I am a retired Operating Room RN. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. I still have many friends still in the field. What a wonderful thing for you to do!

  3. Gregg Fuhrman

    Excellent work! Your actions and ingenuity are a big part of how we will beat this while helping those who need it. As a husband of a nurse who is now “working on the front line”– THANK YOU.


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