I’ve got to admit that this news is a bit surprising. While some might look at Safariland’s business acquisition activities and surmise that they are “putting the band back together” to recreate an Armor Holdings-like entity, I see a much more mature strategy at work. They have moved beyond their comfort zone of armor products and began to assemble a group of companies that will compliment one another. The biggest critique of Armor Holdings is that it was a group of companies that were all in competition with one another. Take a look at what I’m talking about. The Safariland Group includes Safariland® itself, ABA®, Second Chance®, Bianchi®, Break Free®, Protech® Tactical, Hatch®, Monadnock®, Identicator®, NIK®, Mustang Survival®, and Med-Eng®. An impressive lineup indeed. And, you are seeing a wider variety of specialties at work here. Take for example, TCI. It’s a well respected brand that has been there in the past to support the client’s needs for semi-custom comms equipment. Get some synchronicity going and The Safariland Group is going to be able to shake some trees in ways they haven’t in the past.
JACKSONVILLE, Florida – The Safariland Group (the “Company”), a leading global provider of a diverse range of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets, has acquired Tactical Command Industries, Inc. (“TCI”), a communications integration business focused on tactical communications systems, including customized and commercial off the shelf headsets and audio solutions. TCI operates out of facilities located in Brentwood, California and Gilmanton, New Hampshire.
TCI was founded in 1996 by a group of law enforcement professionals with extensive experience in tactical training and mission work. Having skilled operators at the forefront of TCI’s product development programs, they are adept at both small custom integration projects as well as large defense procurement opportunities. The TCI acquisition is consistent with the Company’s strategic focus on expanding its portfolio of brands with top-quality product offerings and pursuing businesses aligned with its mission of “Together, We Save Lives.”
“The addition of the TCI tactical communications line to our business allows us to expand our offerings to our core tactical customer, while at the same time positioning the brand for growth through our distribution network, both in the US and internationally,” said Scott O’Brien, President of The Safariland Group. “TCI will be a great addition to our tactical product offerings and complements our PROTECH® Tactical armor brand, a technological leader in protective tactical hard and soft armor. Furthermore, TCI’s customized solutions for the special needs of tactical teams distinguishes them from competitors and is consistent with our commitment to be the premier solutions provider to our customers.”
The Safariland Group, acquired by an affiliate of Kanders & Company, Inc. in July 2012, is strategically expanding its portfolio of brands and pursuing acquisitions aligned with its mission of “Together, We Save Lives.” With several manufacturing operations both domestically and internationally, The Safariland Group provides 23 leading industry brands to customers worldwide.