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Judge Determines USMC Plate Carrier Soft Armor Vendor Not Small Business

Monday, March 18th, 2019

About a week and a half ago I started hearing reports that the contractor for the Marine Corps’ Plate Carrier soft armor panels losing their small business status. This is significant because the contract was set aside for a small business.

Naturally, I asked to see some paper work and sure enough, I eventually received a copy of the order.

On February 8th, 2019, Administrative Judge Christopher Holleman of the Small Business Administration, ruled in favor of a protest by Hardwire, LLC against the small business determination of Central Lake Armor Express, Inc which had been awarded a $59,369,617 ceiling, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the production of up to a maximum 65,469 Plate Carrier Generation III – Soft Armor Inserts and data reports by Marine Corps Systems Command On October 25th, 2018.

Judge Holleman determined that CLAE was not a small business for this contract (750 employees) because CEO James Henderson also serves simultaneously as CEO of Steel Connect and ModusLink.

It’s important to point out that this ruling is only for this solicitation. In fact, this business situation may have already changed. However, multiple companies have filed protests against CLAE over their business size.

Although the Marine Corps previously issued a delivery order, there’s no word yet on how they plan to deal with this ruling. Interestingly, MARCOSYSCOM released a Justification and Adjudication (J&A) to raise the ceiling on the contract without having to rebid. They did this on February 7th, just one day before the Judge made his decision.

The Safariland Group Announces Brad E. Williams as President

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

JACKSONVILLE, Florida – The Safariland Group (“Safariland” or the “Company”), a leading global provider of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets, today announced it has named Brad E. Williams as president.  Williams, previously the Company’s executive vice president and COO, will report to Warren B. Kanders, Chairman and CEO of the Maui Acquisition Corporation, Safariland’s parent company.  Williams will have direct responsibility for all business units and corporate functions within The Safariland Group. 

Longtime leader and president Scott O’Brien will become the Chairman for The Safariland Group supporting Williams on key initiatives and strategic projects. 

“For decades, Scott has grown Safariland to become one of the most recognized and revered brands in our industry,” said Kanders.  “His many accomplishments include fostering an open and collaborative work environment with our customers, suppliers and associates, and I am pleased he will continue with the organization in a strategic capacity.”

“In order to build the business and preserve the rich legacy Safariland has built over its 55 years, I began a journey two years ago to find my successor,” commented O’Brien. “I met Brad and quickly recognized he was the person to lead the Company into the future.”

Williams began his career with Safariland in the spring of 2017 after spending 20 years in executive and leadership positions within IDEX Corporation, Danaher Corporation and Ingersoll Rand Company. Williams holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. 

O’Brien began his tenure with Safariland in 1973 and led its body armor division, became vice president of manufacturing in 1985 and  president of Safariland in 1993. 

John Carlson Joins Armorers Locker As Law Enforcement And US Military Business Manager

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

MARCH 13th, 2019 – ARMORERS LOCKER, INC., announced today that John Carlon has joined the company to head up its Law Enforcement and U.S. Military business. In his position, Mr. Carlon will be responsible for strategic business development efforts.

Prior to joining Armorers Locker, Mr. Carlon served in the United States Marine Corps, with notable U.S. State Department assignments to U.S. embassies in the Middle East and Africa.  John initiated a 37-year career in law enforcement, including an assignment to the U.S. Border Patrol as a Border Patrol Agent, and positions with police departments in Montana, San Diego, California. and Bend, Oregon. Notably, John’s law enforcement assignments included Patrol Supervisor, Department Range Master and SWAT Operator & Team Leader.

“I’m excited about the opportunity we have at Armorers Locker to put extremely high-quality, mission-ready firearms into the hands of U.S. law enforcement operators and military personnel. I joined the company knowing that the products we’re producing will save lives,” said John Carlon.

“John’s exemplary career in both the U.S. Military and law enforcement, and his first-hand knowledge of procurement processes and the tactical requirements of operators, makes him the ideal manager of Armorers Locker’s Law Enforcement and U.S. Military business. I’m confident that, with John’s leadership, this area of our business will grow significantly,” said Trent Landreth, Co-Founder of Armorers Locker.

Vickers Tactical – Quality Control At the BCM Factory

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

During a tour of BCM’s factory, owner and CEO Paul Buffoni takes Larry Vickers through a few steps of Bravo Company’s renowned quality control testing.

Click here to check out their other BCM Factory Tour video.

Blac-Rac’s 2nd Idaho Annual Invitational Wrap-Up

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

Take a break and enjoy watching our new video from Blac-Rac’s 2nd Idaho Annual Invitational. We’re just a group of likeminded companies and individuals who get together each year to talk shop, hunt, fish, UTV, ATV and just enjoy the wilds of Idaho. Gear and guys from NEMO Arms, Blac-Rac Weapons Retention Systems, MCM Firearms, American Suppressor Association, G9 Ammo, US Night Vision, Fox Pro Callers, Boreal Mountain Anoraks, Western Power Sports, Sedona Wheels and Tires, and Tops Knives.

There is also a special tribute to our fallen friend Tommy Collins who was an industry executive with Gemtech, Sig Suppressors, and NEMO Arms. Tommy was a Green Beret, Ranger, and Airborne, father, friend & warrior we all looked up to. A man surely missed by all who knew him. Rest well brother until we meet again!

ETS Group Announces the Promotion of Tara Yager to Brand Marketing Manager

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

March 8, 2019: The ETS Group is pleased to announce the promotion of Tara Yager as the new Brand Marketing Manager.

Tara joined the ETS Group in May of 2015 as Brand Designer for the company. Since that time Tara has been instrumental in the brand growth for the ETS Group, helping to launch several products including ETS’s best selling magazine speedloaders. In this new role, Yager will continue to develop and create ETS Group’s brand design as well as execute marketing initiatives. Tara’s successful career spans over 15 years working with several well-known industry brands including, SureFire, CMC Triggers, Breakthrough Clean Technologies, and PROOF Research.

“Tara’s expanded role as Brand Marketing Manager will allow her to bring her valuable brand experience to ETS Group’s marketing endeavors,” said Jim Hansen, ETS Group’s Director of Sales and Co-Owner. “Her ability to see the 30,000-foot view and her hands-on capability to complete initiatives from concept to completion will ensure ETS Group’s brand success in the future.”

Addressing her newly appointed position, Yager stated, “I am honored to continue to help grow the ETS brand as their Brand Marketing Manager. Being involved in developing brands from the ground up like ETS is so rewarding. I enjoy rolling up my sleeves and working on everything from design to marketing strategies to make things happen. It’s what I love to do and working with such great people and great products just make my job that much easier.”

Blaser Promotes Christian Socher and Hires Industry Veteran Jason Evans as CEO of Blaser USA  

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

San Antonio, Texas (March 6, 2019) – The Blaser Group has promoted Christian Socher to the Head of Sales and CEO of Blaser GmbH.   After almost seven years as CEO of Blaser USA, Socher is returning to Germany to lead the global sales efforts of Blaser GmbH.

Industry Veteran Jason Evans has been hired as the new CEO of Blaser USA.  In this role, Evans will be responsible for all aspects of Blaser USA’s business and will work closely with Socher to ensure a seamless transition.

“It has been an honor to serve as CEO of Blaser USA,” said Socher.  “While I will miss running this division and living in Texas, I am excited about my new role as Head of Sales and CEO of Blaser GmbH and once again living in my home country. Blaser is poised for growth on a global scale, and Jason and I will work together to ensure a smooth transition here in the U.S.”

“The Blaser USA portfolio of companies – Blaser, Mauser, J.P. Sauer & Sohn, John Rigby and Minox – are well-known and highly-regarded brands, and I am excited to be leading the business as CEO of Blaser USA,” said Evans.  “The company’s German rifle, shotgun, and optic lines are known for their exceptional quality. These brands have a tremendous following in Europe and a growing customer base here in the U.S.  I look forward to working with the Blaser team and our retail partners to increase consumer demand and continue to grow market share.”

Evans brings more than 25 years of experience in the hunting and shooting sports to his role at Blaser USA.    Prior to joining Blaser, he served as Director of Sales and Marketing for Hogue, was Vice President of Sales and Product Development for Weatherby, and spent 13 years in various roles at Benelli USA, ultimately serving as the company’s Vice President of Product Development.

Franklin Armory Partners With Andrew Lee Racing

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

Minden, NV, February 25, 2019 Precision firearms manufacturer, Franklin Armory®, has partnered with AMA MotoAmerica Pro, Andrew Lee. 20-year-old Lee has won several AMA titles including two AMA Supermoto championships, a lap speed record at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and he is the current AMA MotoAmerica #1 plate holder in the Stock 1000 class.

Andrew Lee – “I’m very excited to have partnered with Franklin Armory®. They are an incredible company that produces American made products, which is very important to me. I’m happy to have them as a sponsor for myself, and the Andrew Lee Racing Team!”

Jay Jacobson – “We are excited to have partnered with Andrew Lee, he has a winning attitude and a champion’s mindset. I used to race AMA road racing when I was younger, and have a great deal of respect for the sport. We have high hopes for him and his racing team this season!