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Century Arms Responds To Romanian Factory Incident

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

DELRAY BEACH, Florida – (NOVEMBER 14, 2018) – Century Arms, America’s leading AK manufacturer and importer of classic firearms, is saddened to learn of a recent event at a factory of one of the company’s sourcing partners in Cugir, Romania. This factory produced a number of firearms imported by Century Arms including the popular WASR rifles and Micro Draco pistols.

While the company has a small quantity in stock, future delivery status of these products is uncertain.

We support our Romanian partners in this tragic loss and time of need.

For those unfamiliar with the accident in Cugir, Romania which resulted in death of a woman employed at the state owned factory, click here.

Industrial Fabrics Association International Announces New Leadership For Military Division

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

In my opinion, IFAI is the most influential industry association for the textile business. It is well organized and works with its members as well as government to promote the health and awareness of the industry. Of particular importance to the Soldier Systems arena is the Military Division which works to promote Berry compliant capability.

During their recent expo in Dallas, Texas, they announced leadership changes for the Military Division.

According to a press release, these are the changes:

Leaving his term as chair of the board, Nick Rivera of MMI Textiles is stepping into the role of immediate past chair. Former vice chair Jennifer Fennell of Polo Custom Products will now serve as the chair, and Jeff Papalia of National Industries for the Blind will move to vice chair. Two new board members were also announced for their first three-year terms: Geoff Senko of MMI Textiles and Peter Raneri of HLC Industries.

Several of those names are well known to me and I know they will do a great job. Congratulations!

For more information on IFAI’s Military Division, visit military.ifai.com.

ArmsPay – A Peer-to-Peer Payment System For The Firearms Industry

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

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We all know that many payment systems have refused to do business with law abiding businesses in the firearms industry as well as individuals making legal purchases. John Hwang, founder of Rainier Arms and TRIGRRCON, has been working on a peer to peer payment system for the firearms industry for nearly five years and feels they are getting closer and closer to the solution.

He says they tried partnering with payment provide Pistol Pay but the payment processor pulled the plug because they didn’t like the exposure. Consequently, they decided to build our own in order to fill this need.

www.armspay.com is the peer to peer payment solution.

www.revolvr.com will be the peer to peer market place.

Proforce Equipment, Inc. Signs Laura Burgess Marketing (LBM) to Grow Tasmanian Tiger Brand in US Market

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

As the exclusive US distributor for the global brand of high quality, professional tactical nylon products, Proforce Equipment will utilize LBM’s press and media relations services to introduce the American audience to an American-focused line of Tasmanian Tiger® gear.

Miramar, Fla. (October 2018) – Proforce Equipment, Inc., the exclusive distributor of several brands in North and South America, and the newly announced Tasmanian Tiger® tactical nylon line of products for the US market, has signed Laura Burgess Marketing (LBM) as their Public Relations firm.

LBM will be responsible for informing the American commercial, law enforcement and military markets of the Tasmanian Tiger products designed exclusively for an American audience through press releases, media outreach and writer relations. LBM will also develop the Tasmanian Tiger social media sites and branded newsletter in conjunction with the team at Proforce Equipment, Inc.

The Tasmanian Tiger brand of high quality, professional tactical nylon products for the military, special forces, SWAT and law enforcement, was established in 1999 and to date has been sold extensively within the European and Asian Markets. Tasmanian Tiger is a division of TATONKA GmbH.

“We will be officially introducing Tasmanian Tiger to the US Market during the 2019 SHOT Show,” said Richard Lewis, President & CEO of Proforce Equipment, Inc. “The brand has enjoyed a long, successful history around the world and we are excited to be bringing it to our American customers, specifically designed and manufactured in Tatonka facilities to meet the American requirements.”

“Tasmanian Tiger products have been extensively tested and used in practical and extreme combat situations around the globe, thus bringing to our US customers a deep knowledge of design and execution of nylon gear,” Laura Burgess, president of LBM, added. “We are thrilled to be part of the team to bring this new line to the US and help grow the brand.”

Tasmanian Tiger will have its official launch at the 2019 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 22 – 25, 2019 at Booth #20663 on Level 2. The new website www.tasmaniantigerusa.com and social platforms will also launch during January. All sales inquiries can be directed to tt@tasmaniantigerusa.com and all media inquiries can be directed to laura@lauraburgess.com.

Century Arms Files Lawsuit In Arizona Against Xtech Tactical

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

DELRAY BEACH, Florida – (OCTOBER 25, 2018) – Century Arms, North America’s premier AK manufacturer, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona against XTech Tactical, LLC (“XTECH”) and Jeremy Deadman alleging violations of Century’s trade dress rights under the Lanham Act and Arizona law concerning XTECH’s sale of  AK-47 magazines and grips.  Previously, Century filed a similar action in  the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, which it voluntarily dismissed prior to service of process.  XTECH is an Arizona based company and Jeremy Deadman is an Arizona resident who is XTECH’s Director of Sales and Marketing.

Industry Veteran Sam White Joins the Armor Express and KDH Defense Systems Board of Directors

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

CENTRAL LAKE, MI and EDEN, NC — October 25, 2018 — Armor Express and KDH Defense Systems (“KDH”), two leading manufacturers of high-performance protective solutions for the U.S. Armed Forces, Federal Government and Law Enforcement communities, are pleased to announce the latest addition to their Board of Directors with the appointment of industry-veteran, Sam White.

Matt Davis, Chairman of the Board of Praesidium, the holding company that owns both Armor Express and KDH stated, “Sam is a proven commodity in our industry and we are all excited to have him join our Board. The insight and experience he has gained over the past 20 years will be a tremendous benefit to our Company and all of our technology partners across the world. His understanding of ballistic science, both hard and soft armor technologies, and strong relationships within the supply chain will be leveraged for one common goal: improving our ability to advance science to save lives.”

Mr. White will continue to serve as Vice President, Applied Science with FirstSpear®, a leading manufacturer of advanced load bearing equipment and armor platforms built for the warfighter and law enforcement professional. Prior to FirstSpear, he served as Senior Executive Vice President of Point Blank Enterprises, Inc., responsible for all facets of Research & Development (“R&D”), Design & Engineering and Business Development, with a focus on advancing supply chain and customer relationships. He also held various leadership positions with Point Blank Enterprises, including President of Point Blank Body Armor and Head of Global Sales. Earlier in his career, Mr. White held various leadership and R&D positions with Armor Holdings and Allied Signal.

“I am honored to become part of the Armor Express and KDH Defense Systems family and look forward to advancing their business in any way that I can,” stated Mr. White. “I have worked with many of their executives throughout my career, and we share the same passion for developing mission-critical, life-saving technologies. I hope to leverage my relationships and experience to support the Board’s vision, while continuing to build FirstSpear’s presence worldwide.”

HTC Open House – November 9th

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Martinson Files Suit Against North American Rescue for Patent Infringement

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

A lawsuit has been filed by in Delaware District Court Martinson, LLC vs. North American Rescue Holdings LLC and North American Rescue, LLC. alleging patent infringement. Case number 1:2018cv01358* was filed in Delaware District Court on August 31, 2018, with a jury requested by Martinson LLC (the plaintiff).

The lawsuit alleges that North American Rescue’s AGENT Ballistic Vest is a “stitch for stitch” copy of the Martinson ELSA (Emergency Life Saving Armor). Martinson holds two patents for the ELSA, to wit,

“As a result of Martinson’s efforts to protect its intellectual property in the ELSA product, Martinson is the owner of U.S. Patent Nos. 9,737,100 (“the ’100 Patent” [issued August 22, 2017]) and 9,861,145 (“the ’145 Patent” [issued January 9, 2018]), each entitled “Concealable Body Armor and Combination Bag/Vest.”

SSD had initially written about the ELSA during SHOT Show 2014.

The lawsuit reads thusly:

“Upon information and belief, NAR markets and sells a combination bag/vest called the AGENT Ballistic Vest in the United States.

Upon information and belief, the AGENT Ballistic Vest is a stitch-for-stitch copy of both the ’100 Patent and the ’145 Patent.”

The Martinson ELSA can be found online, but the “AGENT RTF Kit, formerly known as ELSA RTF Kit” now returns a 404 response on the NAR website despite being their immediately after the suit was filed.

NAR site on August 31, 2018.

NAR site on 20 October, 2018.

Items matching that description can be seen on retailer sites, however (see Bound Tree and Off Grid Warehouse).

The line of NAR vests as they are currently named and presented can be found here.

The most recent annotation in PACER reads,

SO ORDERED, re 8 STIPULATION TO EXTEND TIME in which defendants North American Rescue, LLC and North American Rescue Holdings, LLC have to answer the Complaint to November 8, 2018 filed by Martinson Industries, LLC, Set/Reset Answer Deadlines: North American Rescue Holdings, LLC answer due 11/8/2018; North American Rescue, LLC answer due 11/8/2018. Signed by Judge Colm F. Connolly on 10/4/2018. (fms) (Entered: 10/04/2018)

SSD reached out to NAR for comment but they politely declined, citing pending litigation. However, considering the same product was found on several sites, it is possible that a third-party vendor is the root cause of the issue.

*1:18-cv-01358-CFC Martinson Industries, LLC v. North American Rescue, LLC et al Colm F. Connolly, presiding

Breach Bang Clear contributed to this report.