CRESTVIEW, Fla.—Cable ties manufacturer American Elite Molding has formed a new company to produce U.S.-manufactured filter materials for the personal protective equipment (PPE) market in the United States, the company said in a release. The new company, American Elite Personal Protective Equipment (American Elite PPE), will produce melt blown polypropylene, the critical filter medium used in medical-grade face masks and gowns, at its Fort Walton Beach, Florida, manufacturing facility.

A layer of melt blown polypropylene is key to the effectiveness of masks and gowns. The material filters very small particles and organisms efficiently while allowing enough porosity to breathe easily.

Historically, the materials used to make PPE have come primarily from offshore manufacturers. But the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the risks of that sourcing strategy, as widespread delays, shortages, and quality issues have occurred. By investing in its own manufacturing facility and establishing a U.S.-based supply chain, American Elite PPE is helping to ensure U.S. control of this crucial product.

American Elite PPE ( will manufacture melt blown filter material  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, the release said.

“No longer will China control the supply of this vitally important material,” said American Elite Molding Founder and CEO Robert Sires, in the release. “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 frontline healthcare providers, first responders, and citizens are so dependent upon.”

Sires added that American Elite PPE is committed to manufacturing the highest quality filter material. The company’s vision is to protect families, healthcare workers, first responders, and workers in industry with its American-made melt blown, nonwoven polypropylene.

“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 currently taking orders for deliveries of the melt blown filter material, in bulk and custom cut rolls. For more information, call Ty Whitacre at 1-260-438-4491 or email

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