AMMA represents a robust supply chain for masks and Barrier Face Coverings. At the outset of COVID-19, we have worked hand-in-hand with federal officials to supply quality masks when called upon. We produce products that are superior to those made in other countries like China. We recognize your Administration’s COVID-19 plan calls for widespread use of masks to protect workers. And, we agree with the Feb 15 letter that stronger protective measures are needed immediately to limit exposure and transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to control and end the pandemic. As OSHA contemplates implementing an Emergency Temporary Standard on Protecting Worker Health and Safety, by March 15, we strongly recommend using the new ASTM Barrier Face Covering Standard at an 80% filtration level. The U.S. has ample supply of masks and filter material to protect the entire workforce and public.
America needs to manufacture its own PPE
Bringing Strategic Manufacturing Back to America.
That the United States will always be prepared in the future.
Brent Dillie, Chairman of AMMA and Founder & Commercial Director at Premium PPE
Brent Dillie is the Chairman of the American Mask Manufacturer’s Association (AMMA). AMMA represents more than 25 small business mask manufacturers from across the United States that answered the call for emergency Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brent is founder and Commercial Director for Premium PPE Amerishield in Virginia Beach and is a successful entrepreneur with more than a decade of experience in fiber, polymeric and filtration science. Brent used his knowledge and first-hand experience with filtration, product development and manufacturing to help start and grow one of the largest surgical mask production facilities in the United States. Today, Premium PPE, located in Virginia Beach, has produced over 250 million masks and successfully supported the U.S. federal government, including the Department of Defense, Health & Human Services, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to supply over 70 million masks to help protect Americans from the coronavirus outbreak.
Prior to forming Premium PPE, Brent spent almost three years with Essentra, a multinational global manufacturing company based out of London. Brent served in multiple positions with Essentra, gaining important experience in high level sales leading successful strategic business development initiatives. He also served as a research and development engineer where he gained experience in safety products filtration, medical devices, automotive filtration and home filtration. Brent specialized in Meltblown development at Essentra, the primary filtration layer for Premium PPE’s face masks today.
Brent also spent more than four years with Celanese, a Fortune 100 chemical and fiber company focused on providing materials critical to the global chemicals, paints and coatings industries. Brent was responsible for the quality control of products and provided direct support for sales and marketing to achieve new business development as wells as maintain and improve customer relationships.
Brent led efforts in 2020 to form AMMA after seeing the need for stronger voice for small business mask makers. Today, AMMA supports federal efforts to address the serious PPE supply issues the country continues to face and ensure preparedness for future infectious disease pandemics.
Brent is a graduate of the Virginia Polytech Institute and State University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.