Nine Line: Becoming One of America’s Fastest-Growing Businesses

Our partnership with Daniel Defense and the assistance we’ve gotten from SEDA (Savannah Economic Development Authority) has helped us identify new opportunities to grow our footprint beyond the state.”

– Daniel Merritt, Owner, Nine Line Apparel

After a close friend lost three limbs on the battlefield, brothers Daniel and Tyler Merritt decided to take their small promotions company in Savannah and focus on raising money for wounded veterans. Their business evolved, and Nine Line Apparel was born.

Nine Line’s edgy, patriotic apparel became a hit with customers not just in the US, but worldwide. The business now ranks as one of the fastest-growing companies in America and brought in more than $15 million in profit in 2016. They plan to move into a 50,000 sq. ft. facility by the end of 2017 and hire an additional 100 employees.


  • Partnerships with Georgia companies and the Savannah Economic Development Authority helped the company with initial funds and investment
  • State and local officials have helped with hiring and job training of employees


  • 2016 Inc. 5000 List:
    • #31 fastest-growing company in the U.S.
    • #3 fastest-growing retail company in the U.S.
    • #3 fastest-growing Georgia company
  • Entrepreneur of the Year, Savannah Chamber of Commerce, 2016
  • Best Designed Website, BigCommerce, 2016
  • Fastest-growing Online Retailer, Internet Retailer, 2016
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