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! 

April 29, 2020:

  • To date, the NPL production staff has made 168,147 face shields and shipped out 116,566 

April 16, 2020:

  • We have officially manufactured 100,000 face shields that have been shipped out to essential workers on the frontlines!

production facility delivering ppe

April 14, 2020:

  • The Nations Photo Lab team has shipped over 47,000 shields to over 200 healthcare facilities, police stations, fire departments, and other essential locations.  

medical staff wearing PPE

April 13, 2020:

  • The NPL team produced 8,400 face shields

April 9, 2020:

  • The NPL team produced 9,440 face shields

production staff creating PPE

April 8, 2020:

  • Fox 5 DC featured the Nations Photo Lab PPE efforts to support the medical community
  • We have officially donated 100k worth of face shields to support local hospitals and COVID-19 hot spot areas
  • The NPL team produced 10,100 face shields

April 7, 2020:

  • Nations Photo Lab’s facility produced 9,550 face shields

April 6, 2020:

  • Large shipments of foam and elastic materials arrived
  • Nations Photo Lab production staff is hard at work producing and shipping out face shields
  • Baltimore County Police receive their face shields

manufacturing ppe police come to pick up order of ppe

April 3, 2020:

  • The Nations Photo Lab team has manufactured and shipped face shields to over 50 hospitals
  • 13 New staff members started to assist in producing shields
  • The team shipped over 5,600 masks out
  •  The medical staff at LifeBridge Health Cardiovascular Institute received their PPE, “We can’t thank you enough for these masks!”
medical staff wearing PPE medical staff with boxes of masksdoctorface shields going on truck to hospitals

April 2, 2020:

  • Nine new staff members joined the team to help with the production of PPE
  • Produced 3,150 face shields
  • Shipped 1,520 face shields

April 1, 2020:

  • Received 100K pieces of foam
  • Shipped 780 Masks out to hospitals and health care facilities 
  • Began hiring additional staffing to produce.

March 31, 2020:

  • Medical staff from Katz Women’s Hospital at Long Island Jewish Medical Center received Nations Photo Lab produced PPE
  • Received material to produce 90K shields
  • Shields became ANSI z87.1 certified
  • Shipped 4,480 masks

doctors at work

medical staff wearing PPE

March 30, 2020:

  • Produced 3,000  Shields
  • Shipped Shields to 17 different health care providers and hospitals
  • WMAR 2 News shared a story of our PPE efforts

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

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.

  4. Dena Keller

    Thank you for jumping into help those on the frontline. My daughter is a nurse and they converted her floor into an isolation unit. Today the hospital asked businesses to drop off masks and eye protection they were willing to donate. After hearing this and being inspired by one of the high school students at my work (I am a school nurse) I reached out to the community and started a donation drive. Wanted to show the workers we care, are thankful for them and are thinking of them.


    I already loved doing business with your company Ryan. When I saw that you are using your equipment to help with PPE what a noble thing to do!!! The heath care workers on the front line need all the PPE they can get its the least we can do!! Thanks to all the people in this great nation that are serving us everyday putting them selves in harms way selling us food etc. I want to thank you again for your selfless act in time of need we all need to do what we can to get through this covid 19!!

  6. Jody Byrd

    Thank you so much for your help during this crisis. You are truly angels on earth. I am an RN in Florida, I know how much these supplies are needed. The fear is real among all of my colleagues at our hospital in Daytona Beach. As we continue to run into the fire it is awesome to know your company is helping to keep us safe. God be with us all. Thank you again.

  7. I’m impressed by y’all making these face shields. It lets me know you care about more than just making money! That’s very commendable and heart warming! Thank you all!! I’m a customer for life!

  8. Margie Langenderfer

    As a customer, I have always loved the quality of your product, customer service, and turnaround time. But now, YOU have totally amazed me, (I shouldn’t be surprised!) with how adaptive you are, and how resourceful your employees have proven to be!
    I know how important, and how hard it is to find PPE’s, my Daughter is in dietary at one of our local hospitals, and they have to re-ware their N95’s over and over again, using homemade mask to cover and protect so they can do that. I have told and shared your story over and over!
    THANK YOU for being who you are, and doing what you do!


    THANK YOU!!!!! As a team mate working the front lines at an Urgent Care in downtown LA, I can’t thank you enough for your support and help at this trying time in our lives. PPE is essential for those of us working the front lines and your help is above and beyond and so appreciated.

  10. Kathy Drew

    I am so touched by your kindness and extreme generosity as you respond to the overwhelming needs of our healthcare community. My son is a RN and director of a cancer center in Connecticut. They are serving critically ill cancer patients during this pandemic and live with the fear they are not able to fully protect their healthcare workers and patients. Your goodness and fearlessness as you serve us all during these painful days will never be forgotten. You are a blessing and inspiration to us all! Nations Photo will ALWAYS be my photo company! My deepest gratitude for all that you all are doing!

  11. Thank you so much for all that you all are doing! Blessings to all! 🤗 👏

  12. What a great way to support your community. Nicely done photo lab!

  13. Michael Goodwin

    Thank You seems so small at time like these. My son and his wife are Paramedics dealing with this daily, if what you are doing saves just one first responder it will be worth it. Keep up the good work!

    A very grateful customer.


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