Press Releases

ProGear® Enters the Retail Market with Realtree® Xtra Camo Nuisance Dust Mask

​​DALLAS, Texas - Facemask maker Prestige Ameritech announced the release of the Realtree® Xtra Camo Mask through their ProGear® brand, which is now available in the retail market nationwide. In an industry filled with plain, white masks, the Realtree® Xtra Camo Mask by ProGear® is the first nuisance dust mask in the world to sport the licensed Realtree® Xtra camo pattern.


“We are very pleased by the market’s enthusiastic acceptance of the Realtree® Xtra Camo Mask. Now that we’ve proven the concept, we are developing a family of printed masks and respirators,” said Mike Bowen, Executive Vice President of Prestige Ameritech.


Mask Uses and Details

Realtree® Xtra Camo Masks are made to filter dust, pollen, animal dander, and grass, so they are ideal to wear while working outdoors. Dust masks are typically worn while sweeping, mowing, sanding a hobby project, brushing the family dog or doing other jobs around the house that may kick up a lot of dust. With the Realtree® Xtra camo pattern on them, the camo masks are also popular with hunters, especially in cold weather.


Why wear a plain mask when you can wear camo?

Realtree® camouflage prints have transcended the hunting and outdoor markets to become a $4 billion a year fashion phenomenon. Realtree® Xtra Camo Masks are neither white nor boring like the other masks found in hardware stores, so they stand out.


Availability and Pricing

Realtree® Xtra Camo Masks are available for purchase at and select retailers across the United States. Suggested retail prices start at $4.99 for a 3-pack.


About ProGear® and Prestige Ameritech

Prestige Ameritech is the largest domestic manufacturer of face masks in America. ProGear® is Prestige Ameritech’s line of high-quality surgical masks and respirators that have been in the hospital market since 2007. More information can be found at


REALTREE® AP-XTRA Camouflage Design © 2012 of Jordan Outdoor Enterprises, Ltd. All Rights Reserved.



Mike Bowen



Prestige Ameritech Buys 220,000 SF Texas Manufacturing Plant on Seventeen Acres

​NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas - Prestige Ameritech announces the purchase of the 220,000 SF building that it has been leasing since November of 2009, when it resurrected a closed Kimberly Clark mask and respirator manufacturing facility.  “We began Prestige Ameritech in 2005 in a 3,000 square foot storefront not too far from here.  We’ve come a long way in a short time --- and we’re just getting started!”, said Dan Reese, President. 


Since 2006, Prestige Ameritech’s mission has been to put the US mask supply back under American control.  “This building will help us keep up with the demand for US-made masks and respirators”, said Mike Bowen, Vice President.

Prestige Ameritech Unveils US-Made N95 Respirator as Flu Season Begins

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas - Prestige Ameritech has received NIOSH and FDA approval to market its new N95 Particulate Filter Respirator and Surgical Mask in time for the 2010 Flu Season. The new respirator will be sold by Owens & Minor and other distributors. Prestige Ameritech was recently awarded contracts for N95 respirators and surgical masks by the Premier and Med Assets Group Purchasing Organizations.

The ProGear® N95 Respirator has the highest fluid-resistance rating available, a larger-than-normal filter area for easier breathing and speaking, soft stretch-knit headbands for increased comfort, and a convenient dispensing method.

"We're going to show the healthcare industry that respirators don't have to be bulky, uncomfortable or expensive to be effective," said Dan Reese, President of Prestige Ameritech.

Prestige Ameritech's new N95 Respirator is another step toward its goal of placing America's surgical mask and respirator supply back under American control. Much of America's surgical mask and respirator supply is currently imported.


Prestige Ameritech Reopening Former Kimberly-Clark Surgical Mask Factory to Fight H1N1, Create US Jobs

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas - Prestige Ameritech is turning a vacant, former Kimberly-Clark surgical mask factory into a Global Pandemic Preparedness and Response Center. The 220,000 square foot facility, on 17 acres in North Richland Hills, Texas, will open by January 31, 2010. Besides supplying America's hospitals with their normal supplies of masks and respirators, the center will help the US and other countries build surgical mask and N95 respirator stockpiles for use during the H1N1 and future pandemics. Stockpiling reduces the likelihood of mask and respirator shortages during global emergencies. America's hospitals are currently experiencing a pandemic related mask and respirator shortage.

Many of Prestige Ameritech's 200 employees once worked at the facility when it was operated by Kimberly-Clark. In 2006, Kimberly-Clark closed the factory when it and the rest of Americas major mask makers discontinued making surgical masks in the US. By securing America's mask supply with American made masks, Prestige Ameritech hopes to create another 200 jobs in the next few years.

"Prestige Ameritech will provide US healthcare systems with a secure, high quality American made surgical mask and respirator supply that cannot be diverted by foreign health agencies during global emergencies," said Dan Reese, Prestige Ameritech's founder and CEO.