It is with great sadness that I share that 99Degrees has closed.
For the last 11 years, 99Degrees has pursued a bold vision for the future of US manufacturing. We set out to make our future. We assembled a world class team, built a culture where the values of inclusivity, innovation, integrity, and teamwork are lived, and proudly made innovative and premium quality products for some of the world's most forward-thinking brands and technology companies.
Though this is not the outcome any of us hoped for, I thought I would share a few data points that speak to the impact we created together.
- 99Degrees employed a team of 425 people, 96% of whom were Lawrence residents. Our team was the most caring, hard working, and exceptional group of people I have ever had the pleasure of working with.
- The jobs we created reduced the unemployment rate in Lawrence by 0.85% points.
- We generated $43M in payroll. At least $38M of those wages provided income for the residents of Lawrence.
- We invested over $7M in training, development, and advancement.
A sincere thank you to the many people who shaped 99Degrees in ways I never could have imagined.
Founder + CEO