Gas masks have always had a starring role at Avon Protection. The Cadillac-based company was awarded a huge contract with the US Department of of Defense in 2000, and supplies masks to more than 50 countries.
In recent years, you may have seen the product without even knowing it. Hollywood movie makers have been using the masks as props.
Mike Hamner, Vice President of Operations says, "They're chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear masks. they're respitory protection for the troops."
It's no wonder Hollywood is calling, the dramatic looking gas masks are made for catastrophic events. A popular theme at the box office.
So far the Michigan-made products have been used in some big name movies like Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Contagion, and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.The masks will also be in Enders Game with Harrison Ford.
The company is not getting paid for the use of their masks, but they say it's all about marketing and visual recognition of their product by millions.