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Company founded by veterans now helping veterans


A retired captain says his small business is thriving. WTOC first introduced you to the Merritt Brothers and their Nine-Line apparel last year. 

Since then, they've gone from their 1,300 square foot house on Wilmington Island, to a 5,500 square foot warehouse on President Street.

"We've grown about 450 percent; we've gained one employee per month since then currently have 12 employees," Co-founder, Danny Merritt said. 

They are down one though, Co-founder Tyler Merritt, who was stationed at Hunter Army Airfield with the 160th is currently at West Point, but thei baby sister has joined the team.  She said she wasn't quite sure she wanted to go into the now budding family business.

"Not because I didn't want to," said Zoe Merritt, "But because I wanted to do my own path and see what I could do, but then I decided it was a really good cause."

She wears the cause across her chest, on a Nine-Line printed "Team Holbert" T-shirt.  Holbert is a triple amputee that Nine-Line is helping to raise enough money for an accessible home.

"Everyone who gets the shirt is now a part of the Nine-Line Family, and they're giving back in more ways than just one." Said Zoe

Big brother said along with the foundation, he felt the need to help his fellow service members transition out of their fatigues.

Danny remembers, "From two deployments, one from Iraq, two from Afghanistan, the scariest thing that I've ever done is been getting out of the military."

And when Andrew Carson who spent six years with the 227, 25th Infantry in Hawaii, came home to Savannah and learned that Nine-Line was based here, he jumped at the opportunity.

"Pretty excited to be working with these guys." Carson said.

Carson deployed to Iraq twice and knew he would go back to school when he came back, but didn't know how he was going to support his family.

"I was slightly worried," Carson admits. "I'm married and had my first child recently, so a little worried about it but I knew it would all work out.  And it did."

And Danny said as Nine-Line continues growing, so will opportunities for more veterans who need work.

"It's one of the proudest things we have to say for ourselves." Danny said.

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