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CANSEC 2020 Cancelled

April 3rd, 2020

Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries recently posted this notice regarding the annual CANSEC defense show.

Important notice about CANSEC 2020

Ottawa (March 31, 2020) – Christyn Cianfarani, President and CEO of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries, today issued the following statement regarding CANSEC 2020. 

Good afternoon, 

It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our businesses, communities and our families close to home and around the globe. Over the last few weeks, CADSI has been working hard to determine what this means for our community and the events we produce for you. 

Today, I announce that we have made the difficult decision not to host CANSEC in 2020. As a result, we are now working hard to make CANSEC 2021 – which will take place June 2 and 3 at Ottawa’s EY Centre – the best CANSEC ever. 

CADSI staff have begun reaching out to our members, specifically exhibit managers and sponsor reps, as well as partners and suppliers to provide details on next steps. Please stay tuned to your inboxes for more information. If you do have questions, please email cansecsupport@defenceandsecurity.ca.  

We are all hands-on deck to manage your inquiries, but it may take us a few days to get back to you. Please continue to be patient with us and we will respond to every inquiry as soon as we can. 

As you can imagine, this was a difficult but necessary decision. We know how important CANSEC is to our members, to our government and military partners, and to the broader defence and security community. It’s more than a trade show; it’s a time for us to come together as one and strengthen the community tasked with keeping Canada and the world safe.  

We also understand that this decision has taken longer to make than some would have liked. Let me share why. CANSEC is a large event with many moving parts. It has a $10 million impact on the local Ottawa economy and provides significant revenue for dozens of loyal suppliers that are struggling to deal with the economic fallout of COVID-19. Many of them are small businesses that rely on CANSEC as a key source of income. We took the time necessary to explore every possible option with the City of Ottawa, our partners, contractors, and suppliers to mitigate losses to our community and secure the long-term viability of CANSEC, which needs these partners and suppliers to be successful. 

We also took the time to think about our membership and the struggles it will face over the coming months. CADSI’s prudent plans and budgets in recent years have placed us on a solid financial foundation for the situation we find ourselves in today. For this reason — and for the good of our community, our suppliers and our members — CADSI will refund 100% of CANSEC purchases paid by members to CADSI (e.g. sponsorship, exhibits, meeting suites), while respecting timely payments to our suppliers.  

Irrespective of whether CADSI will incur losses and changes to our business as a result of this decision, our commitment to our members remains the same. We are doubling down as the best advocates we can be for you in these tough times. We are also working hard to make CANSEC 2021 the best CANSEC ever. 

Thank you to all stakeholders who came to the table in the spirit of partnership as we made this decision, and to our members for your patience and understanding in this time of uncertainty. Many of you have been busy contributing to Canada’s response to COVID-19 here at home and around the world. You have made us proud, and we cannot wait to reconnect with you – in person – at CANSEC 2021.  

Sincerely,  

Christyn Cianfarani 

President & CEO, CADSI 

Outdoor Retailer Summer Market Canceled

April 3rd, 2020

Outdoor Retailer has canceled the Summer Market due to COVID-19.

Experienced outdoorists know when the backcountry is unsafe, a trail insecure, or the season wrong for the adventure. In those times, we focus on different activities to ensure our safety while still fulfilling our connection to the outdoors.

This is one of those times. Amidst growing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, and after having extensive conversations with many of you, we made the difficult decision to cancel Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2020, which had been scheduled for June 23-25, 2020 in Denver. Maintaining the health and safety of everyone is paramount to us.

Recent developments have made it impossible to effectively execute a June show that delivers the level of connection, discovery, and value our community expects. This is due to developments regarding COVID-19 that we are all familiar with at this point, including, but not limited to, the declaration of a National State of Emergency; various statewide states of emergency across the nation; the latest federal measures, including travel restrictions placed on foreign nationals traveling to the United States from certain EU member states and other places; the declaration by the WHO of COVID-19 as a pandemic; the accelerating pace of confirmed cases worldwide and domestically; current quarantines, containment areas, stay at home orders, and restrictions on congregating and large gatherings imposed by states and other government and public health authorities; various company-imposed travel restrictions on employees affecting attendees and participating companies; and the resulting cancellations made by several partners.

Life around the world has changed rapidly, and the way we live, interact and do business have all been radically disrupted.

While we did investigate potential alternative dates for the show, due to logistical issues, as well as clear feedback from retailers, reps and brands, we were forced to cancel and not postpone Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2020.

Despite cancelling our in-person summer show, we are committed to keeping us all connected because it’s with the help of each other that we move forward. As the largest network of outdoor businesses, we are doing everything we can to leverage that for the health of our industry.

In talking with you, we’ve been gaining a better understanding of the industry’s needs at this time. We’re now working to deliver you tools that will:

• Support go-to-market strategy for Spring/Summer 2021;

• Reinforce buyer/seller networks;

• Offer an ability to discover new brands, products and retailers, and a place to learn; and

• Provide media and marketing opportunities to tell stories and drive awareness.

We’ll keep you informed as details come together and plans become actions.

We’re going to come out of this eager to connect on a human level and anxious to celebrate everything we value as a community. We can’t wait to bring everyone together again and see you all in January. And as we’ve said before, this is when we really miss the hugs and high-fives, so make sure and take time to reach out and support each other.

Stay safe and take care of one another. A community together wins.

Marisa Nicholson

Outdoor Retailer | Senior Vice President and Show Director

M110A1 SDMRs Inbound From H&K

April 2nd, 2020

Heckler & Koch just shared this image on social media with the caption:

The first batch of M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifles (SDMR) are headed out of Columbus Georgia HQ by way of Oberndorf HQ. We could not be more proud to deliver this weapons system to the fine marksmen of the @usarmy.

Boyds’ Hardgood Stocks Partners with Pigman

April 2nd, 2020

Mitchell, S.D. – Boyds’ Hardwood Gunstocks is excited to announce their with Brian “Pigman” Quaca of Pigman: The Series of The Sportsman Channel.

“Brian Pigman Quaca is a true-blue original and a character at the core. Pigman has been using Boyds’ Hardwood Gunstocks for many years, he was a customer first we knew he was the right fit as we looked to expand our Television and Social Media presence.  Pigman entertains the masses with his unique personality and out of the box spin on traditional hunting television. Pigman is a versatile hunter and accomplished riflesmith. We are excited to see the relationship grow” says Dustin Knutson Co-Owner of Boyds’ Hardwood Gunstocks.

“As a custom gun builder for over 20 years, I relied on Boyds’ Gunstocks long before I ever had a TV show.  Boyds’ quality & pricing are unmatched in the Industry, but the real reason I’m so excited about our partnership is because of the people. Dustin & his family are the real deal. They’re genuine, hardworking and understand that folks are spending their hard-earned money for the best product available. I’m proud to be a part of their marketing efforts in remaining the #1 aftermarket stock company on the planet.” said Brian Quaca.

For more information, visit Boyds’ Hardwood Gunstocks.

Milliken Pivots Textile Manufacturing to Produce Advanced Medical PPE

April 2nd, 2020

Focused on engineering textiles into medical-grade fabrics using anti-microbial and fabric barrier coatings
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Global textile manufacturer Milliken & Company is leveraging its materials science expertise to manufacture much needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for the healthcare industry amid the current COVID-19 global pandemic. Milliken’s new advanced medical fabrics and barriers are currently available and complement Milliken’s breakthrough BioSmartTM antimicrobial technology used in scrubs, lab coats and hospital privacy curtains, harnessing the power of bleach to kill up to 99.9% of common bacteria on contact.

Milliken is manufacturing critical barrier protection fabrics to be used in gowns and headcovers for healthcare professionals. Milliken is also researching and developing materials for incorporation into N95-grade masks. These new innovations complement our existing range of products that can be used for temporary shelters in situations where it’s deemed necessary to set up transitory field hospitals. 

“We have focused our development and manufacturing processes to help fight the battle against COVID-19,” said Halsey M. Cook, Milliken & Company president and CEO. “We began by engineering our existing textiles into medical-grade fabrics for PPE, and we will continue to seek critical solutions as we navigate this uncharted territory as a company, a nation and a world.”

These new advanced medical textiles and barriers are made in the USA and a result of the company applying deep knowledge in material science to modify fabrics that would meet the critical requirements for garments worn by healthcare workers fighting the COVID-19 virus.

“Our team of scientists and developers is fully engaged, uncovering solutions to address critical medical and protective needs for those fighting on the front lines of this pandemic,” stated Chad McAllister, president and EVP, Textile Division.

Categorized into Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3, Milliken’s advanced medical fabrics and barriers tested to the ANSI/AAMI PB70 Standard and suit multiple medical environments and usage situations.

Level 1 Medical Textile, Milliken PerimeterTM: Suitable for minimal risk situations, including basic care settings and standard hospital medical units, this gown textile provides a slight barrier to small amounts of fluid penetration. Tested to the ANSI/AAMI PB70 standard.

Level 2 Medical Textile, Milliken PerimeterTM: Designed for low risk situations, including suturing and the pathology lab, this gown textile provides a barrier to larger amounts of fluid penetration through splatter and some fluid exposure through soaking. Tested to the ANSI/AAMI PB70 standard.

Level 3 Medical Barrier, Milliken PerimeterTM: Designed for moderate risk situations, including hospital emergency rooms and trauma care, this PPE gown textile provides a barrier against larger amounts of fluid penetration through splatter, and more fluid exposure through soaking than Level 2. Tested to the ANSI/AAMI PB70 standard.

Milliken has a storied, 150-year legacy in American textile manufacturing and is known worldwide for industry-leading performance and protective textiles, including fabrics for first responder PPE, flame-resistant workwear, military uniforms, airbags, commercial and residential interior environments, napery and more.

www.milliken.com

New Owyhee COVID-19 Decontamination Solution

April 2nd, 2020

COVID-19 AND THE SPECTRA DF-500 DECONTAMINATION SOLUTION

(Eagle, ID – Owyhee Group Companies) Owyhee Group Companies announced it is partnering with Spectra Shield Technologies to supply Spectra DF-500 disinfectant to its customers during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The objective is to provide a solution that kills and neutralizes biological threats like COVID-19. The Spectra DF-500 formulation grew out of the licensing and commercialization of a high-level disinfectant developed by the US Government at Sandia National Laboratories under the name DF-200. “The mainstay of the disinfectant world has been bleach and other toxic, corrosive, non-biodegradable and hazardous products. Under most residential conditions, these products do what they report. However, in cases of biohazards and pandemics there is a need for a higher level of efficacy and permanency. The competitive difference of Spectra DF-500 and Spectra DF-200 is the spectrum of kill and the environmental benefits”, notes Spectra Shield Technologies CEO Thad Weist.

The development of Spectra DF-500 came out of the U.S. government recognition of a need to combat bioterrorism after a nerve agent was released on a Tokyo subway in 1995, killing 12 and injuring another 1,000. The goal was to develop a solution to neutralize a wide spectrum of chemical and biological threats such as Anthrax, MRSA and other viral threats, with low-corrosivity and reducing the harmful effects to the environment. Unlike traditional disinfectants, Spectra DF-500 chemically cleaves the spore wall and neutralizes the mycotoxin inside. It also changes the osmotic pressure around the cell, which causes an imbalance in the internal cellular pressure resulting in the total collapse of the cellular membrane. In 2004, Kansas State University did a study with the DF-200 formula against SARS-Coronavirus with 100% deactivation in 1 minute.

The disinfectant is avaliable from Owyhee Group Companies in two different products: Spectra DF-500 and Spectra DF-200. Spectra DF-500 is EPA registered as a Decontaminant, Disinfectant, Virucide, Bactericide, Fungicide, Deodorizer, Algaecide, Antibacterial, Mildewstat and Cleaner. The Spectra DF-200 is a 3 part solution, including an accelerator to kill and neutralize chemical and biological threats and is EPA registered.

The liquids are combined at the time of application and are good for appoximately 8 hours. Unopened, DF-500 and DF-200 can be stored for 6 to 8 years, under controlled conditions. Each can be applied as a foam or as a liquid. An application device is not included in the delivery set. In a proper application, one gallon of fluid can cover 2,500 square feet. While biodegradable, neither product should be used directly on food. Both Spectra DF-500 and DF-200 have proven to be highly effective in destroying bio-films of select microorgansim in food processing facilities. Application of either product on food contact surface requires a potable water rinse.

The products are for sale at https://owyheegroup.com in 4 gallon kits that will cover approximately 10,000 square feet. The product is also available in 300 gallon totes for larger applications.

Interested parties can call Owyhee Group at 208.938.6086 or email sales@owyheegroup.com for quotations. The company has provided a special feature page covering the products at owyheegroup.com/product/decontamination.

Brownells Boredom Buster Challenge Gives Chance For $10K Shopping Spree

April 2nd, 2020

GRINNELL, Iowa (April 2, 2020) –Brownells is calling on its fans to beat those bored-in-the-house, social-distancing blues and earn a chance to win a $10,000 Brownells shopping spree by competing in the Brownells Boredom Buster $10K Challenge.

Contestants can enter by creating funny, entertaining or otherwise extraordinary 2nd-Amendment-related videos and posting them on their personal Instagram accounts between April 2, 2020, and April 16, 2020.

To qualify for a chance to win, videos must meet the following criteria:

• No more than 60 seconds long

• Must show safe practices

• Must be tagged @Brownellsinc

• Must use hashtag #BBB10K

After April 16, Brownells will choose the five best videos and allow followers and fans to vote for the winner, who will travel to Brownells for a $10,000 shopping spree.

“We know there are a lot of smart, creative people in the 2A community,” said Brownells Director of Content and Communications Ryan Repp. “We thought this would be a good way to give them a way to overcome boredom and show how much fun and how awesome the Second Amendment lifestyle can be.”

www.instagram.com/brownellsinc

Brownells Boredom Buster Challenge Gives Chance For $10K Shopping Spree

April 2nd, 2020

GRINNELL, Iowa (April 2, 2020) –Brownells is calling on its fans to beat those bored-in-the-house, social-distancing blues and earn a chance to win a $10,000 Brownells shopping spree by competing in the Brownells Boredom Buster $10K Challenge.

Contestants can enter by creating funny, entertaining or otherwise extraordinary 2nd-Amendment-related videos and posting them on their personal Instagram accounts between April 2, 2020, and April 16, 2020.

To qualify for a chance to win, videos must meet the following criteria:

• No more than 60 seconds long

• Must show safe practices

• Must be tagged @Brownellsinc

• Must use hashtag #BBB10K

After April 16, Brownells will choose the five best videos and allow followers and fans to vote for the winner, who will travel to Brownells for a $10,000 shopping spree.

“We know there are a lot of smart, creative people in the 2A community,” said Brownells Director of Content and Communications Ryan Repp. “We thought this would be a good way to give them a way to overcome boredom and show how much fun and how awesome the Second Amendment lifestyle can be.”

www.instagram.com/brownellsinc