Rep. Velázquez Visits Navy Yard PPE Manufacturer, American PAPR

As Delta variant cases surge, Small Businesses House Committee Chair Velázquez (D-NY) highlights the importance of American-manufacturing for critical supply chains.

BROOKLYN, N.Y.--()--This week, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) visited Brooklyn Navy Yard’s American PAPR LLC, a personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturer that produces powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs) for healthcare workers, industrial professionals and first responders.

“Now more than ever, investing in an economy that strengthens our critical supply chains and boosts our workforce is a must,” said Congresswoman Velázquez. “The work that American PAPR is doing to manufacture critical PPE for and protect the lives of healthcare workers across the country shows us the true impact and potential of supporting our local small businesses.”

As Chairwoman of the House Committee on Small Businesses, Congresswoman Velázquez has used her leadership to highlight the important role of small businesses in the American economy. She’s been a consistent voice for small businesses in Congress by advocating for more opportunities for financing, world-class development programs, affordable health insurance for employees, and much more.

“Congresswoman Velázquez has long been a champion for local small businesses, particularly in the 7th district of New York. We’re incredibly appreciative of her for taking the time to visit our facility and get a glimpse of our domestic supply chain headquartered in Brooklyn’s thriving Navy Yard,” said CEO Giles Kyser. American PAPR is ready for expansion to help meet President Biden’s strategic stockpile goals and re-establish our nation’s response capability with a shock-proof manufacturing capability. We look forward to working alongside the Congresswoman and other leaders in Washington committed to strengthening America’s economy, supply chain, and global competitiveness.”

American PAPR launched in response to the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to protect America’s healthcare heroes on the front lines. The fully NIOSH-approved FELIX-200 PAPR is engineered and designed to provide the highest level of respiratory protection against viral diseases with its integral face shield and loose-fitting face mask that doesn’t require fit testing. In 2020, their original PAPR, the FELIX-100, was deployed to medical facilities in dire need across the country in response to the initial surge. American PAPR’s seventeen-state supply chain enables the manufacturer to produce hundreds of PAPRs weekly.

To learn more about American PAPR and the FELIX-200 PAPR, please visit

About American PAPR LLC

American PAPR LLC is a veteran-led personal protective equipment manufacturer based in New York City, and recently moved its headquarters and manufacturing facility to a new space at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. American PAPR meets the industry's strictest quality standards per 42 CFR Part 84 and is committed to providing high quality, state-of-the-art respiratory protection to medical professionals.


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