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Update – McMillan Merchant Solutions Transitions

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

McMillan Merchant Solutions will transition to Merchant Services LTD for established accounts and new accounts will be set up by Delta Payment Systems.

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B-TEMIA Appoints Mr. Steven Smith As Vice President Of Business Development

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Quebec, March 3, 2015 – B-TEMIA Inc., a leader in the growing market of human augmentation, announces the appointment of Mr Steven Smith as Vice President Business Development. Mr Smith has extensive industry experience in the home medical equipment market and, in particular, in the commercialization of mobility devices that will be very valuable for the commercialization of Keeogo.

Mr Smith previously worked for the Canadian home medical equipment market leader Shoppers Home Healthcare. Mr Smith joined Shoppers in 1996 and was instrumental in the growth of their business. “I am pleased to join B-TEMIA’s team and to be part of the commercialization of Keeogo. It is an exciting moment for me to have the chance to share my knowledge with this highly talented team”, stated Mr Smith.

In addition, B-TEMIA has appointed Mr. Marc-André Côté as Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs & Quality Management. As a senior regulatory affairs professional, and a former government regulator, Mr. Côté has brought numerous medical devices to regulatory approval. Mr. Côté will be a critical asset for B-TEMIA in the pursuit of its regulatory obligations with the FDA, Health Canada and regulatory bodies around the globe.

“I am convinced that the addition of these pivotal resources to the company’s corporate structure will help us to maintain our leadership position, expand our competencies and reinforce our team spirit which is our most valuable asset”, comments Mr. Stéphane Bédard, President and CEO of BTEMIA.

www.b-temia.com

Ares Armor Acquired by Lake House Capital Management

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Ares Armor has recently announced their acquisition by Lake House Capital Management. The full release can be read below.

In the United States of America, you can mix business with pleasure. Here is living proof.

Lake House Capital Management, LLC, a Hinsdale, Illinois-based holding company is pleased and proud to announce it has acquired all the assets of Lycurgan, Inc., (doing business as Ares Armor). Specific terms of the deal were not disclosed at this time.

U.S. Marine, Dimitri Karras, who served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, founded Ares Armor in 2010. Headquartered in Oceanside, California, Ares Armor is the leading supplier of 80 percent lower receivers, and develops and manufactures high quality American-made firearm parts to legally build your own weapons. The business also proudly develops, manufactures, and sells innovative tactical gear, combat body armor, and more.

“We thank and respect Dimitri Karras for his patriotism, service, and defense of our country and its Constitution,” says new Ares Armor CEO, Bryce Stirlen. “We value his vision and efforts with Ares Armor, and truly wish him all the best in his future roles in the company.”

Ares Armor customers can expect to experience no disruption in quality or service during the management transition. But like when anyone buys a house, Lake House Capital Management has much it loves about Ares Armor, but also has some areas where it wants to make changes and add its own touches.

“Great people and great products have built Ares Armor into the successful business it is today,” adds Stirlen, a gun enthusiast, husband, and father. “Our main focus is to now build a better foundation to support the explosive growth the Company is experiencing.

That said, to be clear, one area where we will not waver is in loyal defense of the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and protecting the rights of all Americans to bear arms.
We are very excited about an even brighter future for Ares Armor, and believe our customers will be excited about it, too.”

Amended: New Ares Armor CEO, Bryce Stirlen. “In response to feedback about our Veteran heritage, we maintain and stand strong unwavering from our Veteran status. Of Veterans, by Veterans, and for Veterans.”

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WPRC Announced New Members and Adds to Board of Directors

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition Builds on Recent Success by Expanding Board of Directors and Welcoming Five New Member Companies
 

MARBLEHEAD, MA (March 2, 2015) – The Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition (WPRC) is pleased to announce the latest additions to its membership and has added a new director to its Board of Directors. The new members include several leading companies in the warfighter equipment and clothing industry.

New company members of the WPRC include: Bernard Cap Company, GENTEX Corporation, Massif, Safariland, and Source One Distributors. The added voices of these industry leaders will be critical to advancing the WPRC mission to support the equipment and advanced clothing needs of the Armed Services and Department of Homeland Security.

Bernard Cap Company – Bernard Cap is the largest Class A dress uniform headwear supplier to the United States government and its various agencies. They specialize in the manufacture of fine quality uniform headwear for U.S. and foreign military forces, service academies, airlines, police, security, and other organizations. www.bernardcap.com.
GENTEX Corporation – GENTEX is a leading provider of innovative solutions that enhance personal protection and situational awareness for global defense and security personnel operating in high performance environments. The company’s Gentex® and Ops-Core™ family of products and systems include helmets for both ground and air applications, aircrew life support systems, advanced optics, ground soldier protective equipment, high performance textiles, respiratory protection and communications equipment. www.gentexcorp.com.

Massif – Founded in 1999, Massif has provided hot weather flame resistant (FR) combat shirts, cold weather fire resistant fleece and softshell garments for the U.S. military since 2005. They are a world leader in supplying FR and high performance outdoor apparel to the military, law enforcement, search and rescue professionals, and the wildland firefighting community. www.massif.com.

Safariland – The Safariland Group is a leading global provider of a diverse range of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets. The Safariland Group offers a number of recognized brand names in these markets including Safariland®, ABA®, Second Chance®, Bianchi®, Break Free®, Protech® Tactical, Hatch®, Monadnock®,Identicator®, NIK®, Mustang Survival® and Med-Eng®. The Safariland Group’s mission, “Together, We Save Lives”, is inherent in the lifesaving and protective products it delivers. They are committed to providing quality, technologically advanced products that serve the ever-changing needs of the warfighter and peacekeeper. www.safariland.com.

Source One Distributors – Source One Distributors supports a broad array of clients in the defense industry, national security, law enforcement, search and rescue, fire and private security sectors by providing mission critical equipment, product sourcing, acquisition solutions, contracting expertise and a variety of support services. www.buysourceone.com.

Mr. Greg Maguire of Revision Military is the new industry representative who has joined the WPRC Board of Directors. The WPRC Board of Directors represents a cross-section of the personal protective equipment industry, providing organizational governance and setting the strategic direction of the WPRC. Mr. Maguire joins current WPRC Board Chairman Luke Hillier, WPRC Secretary David Bohannon, and WPRC Treasurer Don Vavala as well as Board Members Frank Montie, Brookwood Companies and Nate Smith, Oakley/ESS as leaders of this not-for-profit industry association.

“I welcome our newest members to the WPRC and appreciate their support for our initiatives,” said Chairman Luke Hillier. “Companies who have chosen to join our efforts are those that are committed to maintaining a healthy industrial base that is prepared to meet evolving threats in a dangerous world. As an industry, it is crucial for our advocacy to be focused on supporting the essential American manufacturing capability that supports the needs of our Armed Services.”

Regarding these positive developments, WPRC Executive Director David Costello commented,
“The WPRC serves as the voice of the personal protective equipment (PPE) and Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment (OCIE) industry. These five new members of the WPRC bring their industry expertise and experience to our mutual efforts. This year alone we have achieved several critical successes, including the elimination of the use of reverse auctions by the Defense Logistics Agency for our product categories. This will ensure that our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and operators are receiving the best available equipment at the best possible cost to the taxpayer. We look forward to continuing our momentum this year with active leadership and with the added help of these additional industry partners.”

The WPRC supports the readiness of the United States by providing a unified industry voice to the U.S. Congress, the Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Homeland Security and other stakeholders.   We work at the intersection of the Personal Protective Equipment and Organizational Clothing/Individual Equipment industry, the federal legislative policy process, and the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security.  Our membership includes companies throughout the equipment and clothing industry and with companies at every point in the industrial supply chain who represent the best in American manufacturing.

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A-TACS Camo to Preview Their New A-TACS iX and A-TACS AT-X Camo Patterns for Manufacturers at the IWA Show in Germany

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

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Coming in 2015…DCS will begin introducing their new “X” series of camo patterns starting with the new A-TACS iX (Intermediate Xtreme) Camo pattern followed by the A-TACS AT-X (Arctic Tundra) Camo pattern. They will be previewing these new patterns exclusively to their Manufacturing partners at the upcoming IWA Show in Nuremberg, Germany March 6 – 9, 2015. Stay tuned for more updates prior to the release of these two new patterns in the line-up!

www.a-tacs.com

Two Ten Footwear Foundation College Scholarship

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Get Money for College

Each year Two Ten Footwear Foundation gives $800,000 in scholarships to families working in the footwear industry.

Applications have been extended until 31 March for scholarships in the following areas:

-Footwear Design (for students studying design)
-Footwear Warriors Scholarship (exclusively for U.S. veterans working in footwear)

To learn more please go to: www.twoten.org/scholarships

MeanGeneLeather.com Is Live

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

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And check out this belt Gene just made for me.

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Its a custom stitched Victory Aegis belt featuring a laser engraved Aegis buckle from Ares Gear.
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Off Shore A-TACS Fabrics Announcement

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Schott Performance Fabrics and Digital Concealment Systems
announce the addition of off-shore produced A-TACS Camo fabrics

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In response to growing worldwide demand, Digital Concealment Systems and Schott Performance Fabrics are pleased to announce that in addition to their full range of U.S. produced Berry Amendment compliant A-TACS Camo fabrics, they are now offering a full range of A-TACS Camo fabrics produced off-shore. These fabrics are produced to the same exacting standard as the U.S.-produced fabrics and are made available to international and domestic manufacturers who do not require Berry Amendment compliant goods for their production. Available fabrics include a full compliment of Nylon, Cotton, Poly/Cotton and Polyester goods in a varity of fabric weights and construction.

Many international manufacturers of A-TACS Camo products now have the option to source their fabrics ‘closer to the cutter’. This will allow for shorter lead times and significantly lower fabric costs. It also affords significant savings on international shipping and material costs for the end gear manufacturer.

This new option also benefits European and Asian manufacturers who sell in non-military channels. Now they have the option to source GENUINE A-TACS Camo fabrics at a lower cost. This option also benefits many smaller manufacturers, especially with low minimum order requirements on fabric–and it will replace the poorly made, poorly constructed counterfeit fabric that is currently on the market.

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Counterfeit camouflage fabrics have been a problem for every major camouflage brand since the beginnings of the industry. Cheaply and poorly produced overseas pattern knock-offs are a continuing issue for everyone from Crye Precision, to the US Goverment, to us here at DCS. Each time a counterfeiter is pursued through legal channels, a new one pops up, perpetuating the problem. This new fabric option will allow manufacturers currently engaged in producing A-TACS Camo gear using poor quality counterfeit fabrics the option to switch over and begin using legitimately produced A-TACS Camo fabrics. Schott Performance Fabrics is the ONLY legitimate source for genuine A-TACS Camo fabrics. If the fabric was purchased from anywhere else, it is the product of a counterfeiter.

In the coming months, Digital Concealment Systems will be ramping up it’s legal pursuit of both manufactures and retailers engaged in the production and sale of counterfeit items in A-TACS Camo. Additionally, DCS will also be calling out manufacturers and retailers dealing in and manufacturing counterfeit A-TACS Camo gear.

For additional information, sourcing questions and availability, contact Denise Barrick dbarrack@schottfabrics.com or Bryan Merrick bmerrick@schottfabrics.com at Schott Performance Fabrics (330)784-4545 or visit them on the web at www.schottfabrics.com.

I Can’t Wait to Visit Juggernaut Defense Again

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

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The upgrades to their new digs are progressing very nicely.

www.juggernautdefense.com

SIG Statement on Stabilizing Brace Bulletin from BATFE

Friday, February 20th, 2015

SIG has issued this statement…

BATFE REAFFIRMS PISTOL BRACE LEGAL TO OWN, INSTALL AND USE

Newington, N. H. (February 20, 2015) – SIG SAUER, Inc. has issued the following statement relative to the January 2015 open opinion letter issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms regarding the SB15 and SBX Pistol Stabilizing Braces.

BATFE Technical Branch issued an open opinion letter dated January 16, 2015 regarding the Pistol Stabilizing Brace (SB15 and SBX) which is marketed by SIG SAUER®. Contrary to several statements subsequently made in social media, this opinion letter did not make or otherwise declare that the SB15 product is illegal. The BATFE letter stated that the SB15 is a product “which is legal to own, legal to purchase and legal to install on a pistol.” SIG SAUER believes that the PSB enhances the shooter’s experience and offers the products as an accessory and pre-installed on a number of pistols. In all of its opinions, BATFE has consistently stated that a pistol with a stabilizing brace attached remains a pistol under the Gun Control Act when used as designed.