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Crimson Trace Employees Complete NSSF Program

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Crimson Trace Employees Complete NSSF Program

(Wilsonville, OR) – Crimson Trace, the shooting industry’s recognized leader in laser sighting systems and tactical lights for firearms, had several employees recently complete a special Retail Education Seminar held by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The employees—Charlie Sunderlin, Luke Fery and Kris Richard—are key members of the Crimson Trace firearms support team, and are responsible for firearms acquisition, tracking and distribution. The company regularly uses firearms for product grip fit tests, R&D and performance evaluations.

“At Crimson Trace, we place a high priority on ATF compliance, and this training definitely will help us keep accurate records,” says Charlie Sunderlin, Crimson Trace’s Armorer. “The valuable security training provided at this seminar will help retailers thwart thieves and straw purchasers, too. It was well worth the time.”

The 5-hour seminar was held in the Portland area and covered such topics as: error proofing federal firearms forms, becoming more aware of straw purchases, properly selling firearms at gun shows, and how to take a thorough firearms inventory. The NICS background check process and more topics were covered during the educational seminar.

Crimson Trace is well known as the nation’s top manufacturer and seller of more than 160 accessories for firearms, including lights, fore grips, laser sights and light-and-laser combination units, such as the company’s new Rail Master Pro. The company offers more than two dozen laser sight systems for the popular 1911 pistols.

Crimson Trace has undertaken a new promotional campaign that encourages everyone to ask themselves, “have you done everything in your power to defend yourself and what’s yours?” The rallying words are: “In Condition Crimson™, We Stand.”

For more details, visit or call 800-442-2406. All Crimson Trace products are proudly Made in the USA. This year the company is celebrating 20 years of award winning product innovation.

Daniel Defense Makes The Inc. 500|5000 List For The Third Consecutive Year

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Black Creek, GA, September 17, 2014 – Daniel Defense, engineering and manufacturing the world’s finest weapons systems, precision rail systems and accessories, has been ranked Number 1568 by Inc. magazine on its 33rd annual Inc. 500/5000.

The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Daniel Defense, a Georgia-based company and leader in the firearms community, is honored to be included again for 2014. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500|5000.

“Daniel Defense has again been recognized by Inc. 500|5000 as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States,” said Marty Daniel, President and CEO of Daniel Defense. “This is the third consecutive year we have been recognized with this prestigious distinction. I am particularly proud that we achieved this goal while installing the infrastructure for long term growth and because it is more difficult to grow at this pace as a mid-size company. Even more exciting than reaching this goal, is that now we have the infrastructure in place in our design, prototyping, manufacturing engineering, manufacturing, quality, MRP, accounting, marketing and sales. We are ready to execute our 5, 10 and 20 year growth plans.”

Massif Acquired By Samtech, LLC

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

This is an announcement from Massif Mountain Gear Company regarding their recent acquisition by Samtech, LLC. Their release can be found below.

Massif Mountain Gear Company L.L.C., is pleased to announce that it has officially been acquired by Samtech, LLC. Samtech is affiliated with Los Angeles-based Antex Knitting Mills/MatchMaster Dyeing & Finishing, Inc. Antex/MatchMaster has long been our largest supplier, providing circular knits for the Army Combat Shirt and FREE program for almost a decade. We’re excited about this partnership. The change will be relatively seamless for our customers and suppliers.

Our company name will be changed to Samtech, LLC dba Massif so you’ll see a change on our documentation, dropping the “Mountain Gear Company” portion of our name. We’ll just be Massif.

We will still be the same innovative company designing and producing garments to protect our troops.

‘Red Label’ from Beyond

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

When you run across a Beyond product with a Red Label you know you’ve got something special. It’s reserved specifically for prototypes.


For example, this Action Shirt is made from a new fabric that relies on it’s hexagonal weave for breathability and added strength without the addition of a rips top yarn.


Director of Defense Logistics Agency On The Road Visits Supply Chain – Quabaug Corporation and Vibram

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

I keep hearing about Navy Vice Admiral Mark Harnitchek and everything I hear is good. The Director of the Defense Logistics Agency comes across as a no-nonsense leader who cares about the men and women he serves and the equipment they use. He asks pointed questions about the supply chain and has been out in the road taking a look at just what they do. This report about the Director’s visit to the Quabaug Corporation comes to us from their partner Vibram brand who provide the soles for combat boots.


DLA Director Vice Admiral Mark Harnitchek Recognizes Vibram USA’s Critical Contributions to U.S. Armed Services During Tour of Quabaug Corporation Manufacturing Facility

NORTH BROOKFIELD, MA, September 11, 2014 – As part of his ongoing effort to partner with industry leaders, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Director Vice Admiral Mark Harnitchek and his senior staff visited Quabaug Corporation, the U.S. manufacturing partner of Vibram, USA. As DLA Director, Harnitchek oversees the acquisition and supply of commodities, clothing, textiles, and other equipment for the Department of Defense. Vibram is recognized worldwide as the leader in high performance soles for outdoor, recreational, work and fashion footwear and is relied on by the world’s greatest climbers and athletes. In addition, Vibram is the only U.S. manufacturer providing high-performance soling products to all branches of the United States Military.

During his visit, Vice Admiral Harnitchek was provided an overview of the spectrum of products manufactured in North Brookfield, including soling for combat boots, military dress shoes, jungle boots, and the new domestically manufactured athletic training shoes. Joined by Quabaug Corporation CEO Kevin Donahue and Vibram USA Vice President Bill Ells, Harnitchek toured the manufacturing plant and company development laboratories to see the advanced manufacturing processes used by Vibram to build their world class products.

Vibram USA Vice President Bill Ells said, “We appreciate Vice Admiral Harnitchek’s interest in learning more about the products manufactured in North Brookfield that directly support our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines. Every man and woman who serves our nation in the military wears a Vibram sole, and we are pleased to reaffirm our commitment to the Armed Services, especially on today’s solemn anniversary. On behalf of our employees, I thank Vice Admiral Harnitchek for DLA’s support of our domestic manufacturing.”

At the conclusion of the tour, Harnitchek addressed a gathering of Quabaug employees, including a large number of military veterans. The Vice Admiral’s remarks touched on the critical importance of the employees’ work manufacturing the most essential component of any military ensemble. He reflected on the added significance of this work on the 13th anniversary of the September 11th attack on the United States.

Black Diamond Advanced Technology To Unveil Its New APEx Predator System At The Modern Day Marine Expo

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

This is a press release from Black Diamond Advanced Technology regarding their unveling of their new APEx Predator System at the upcoming Modern Day Marine Expo.

(PRWEB) September 11, 2014 – Black Diamond Advanced Technology to unveil its new APEx Predator System at the Modern Day Marine Expo on September 23rd, 2014!

What do Windows and Android Tablets, Smartphones and Laptops all have in common? They don’t always play together well with tactical peripherals, in a battlefield setting!

Today’s budget climate has drawn attention to Windows and Android notepads, tablets and smartphones as “good enough” COTS computing solutions. On paper the cost savings are attractive but it doesn’t address the complex challenges of interoperability and ensuring Situational Awareness on the Battlefield. Coupling the lessons learned from our users on the battlefield with our experience in tactical computing solutions, we’ve created targeting, command and control, and situational awareness solutions that help the end-user leverage and fully exploit their choice of COTS computing technology.

The APEx Predator System provides POWER + DATA which enables communications from tactical radios and peripherals to commercial tablets and computers running both Windows and Android operating systems. The system is designed for multiple mission sets that demand a flexible communications platform and power management solution. It allows for the simultaneous connection of multiple voice, data, video and peripheral devices, and their unique interfaces, back to a COTS computing device using a single USB Interface. You can also run all your gear from one battery, which means reduced weight and simplified logistics. Command and control from a single, simplified solution means enhanced situational awareness.

Coupled with the Black Diamond Forward Air Control-Utility Suite, precision targeting software for Digitally-aided Close Air Support (DACAS) and full digital call for fire, the APEx Predator System is a turn-key hardware/software solution that leverages low-cost COTS computing cores to deliver a precision weapon system.

Black Diamond has made its mark by delivering reliable, wearable, tactical computing solutions that have deployed to various theaters around the world and returned a trusted partner. The missions may be different but our goal remains the same, Situational Awareness you can trust.

About Black Diamond Advanced Technology, LLC
Black Diamond is the leader in wearable, tactical technology for Situational Awareness, UAS Ground Control Stations, Digitally Aided Close Air Support, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal applications with programs of record in the US Air Force, US Marine Corp, the Air National Guard, Australian Army Fires Land 17 Program, and the Danish Army Fires Program DALO for Close Air Support systems. Black Diamond solutions include mobile computer integration, an integrated communications platform, peripheral controller and power management system. Black Diamond is a trusted partner for mission success, adding value through interoperability.

To schedule a meeting or demo at Modern Day Marine please email us at

For more information on our combat proven product lines, please visit

US Patriot Tactical Named To Inc. 5000 & Internet Retailer Second 500 Lists

Friday, September 12th, 2014

August 22, 2014 – Columbia, SC – US Patriot Tactical, the nation’s largest retail supplier to military personnel, has been named to the 2014 Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private U.S. companies and Internet Retailer’s Second 500 list of online retailers.

“We are very excited to be among the nation’s elite companies,” says Paul Yoo, President of US Patriot. “It’s our honor to support those who risk their lives for us every day, and our customers will tell you our sincere dedication to them is why we are succeeding.”

US Patriot is on the Inc. 5000 list due to its growth rate of 75%. By adding 29 new jobs and increasing revenue by over $8.5m in the last 3 years, the company earned the number 3984 spot on the list. Ranked at number 667 on the Internet Retailer Second 500 list and 6th in its merchandise category, US Patriot is named as one of the “fastest-growing, up-and-coming web merchants.”

Founded in 1999 by former Army Armor Officer Phil Dee, US Patriot started as a small, off-post store at Fort Jackson. Today, the company has 15 stores in nine states, all on or near major military bases, and has plans to continue expansion into additional states in the coming years. The website accounts for nearly half of the company’s sales, with orders shipping worldwide from its 20,000 square foot warehouse in Columbia, South Carolina.
With over 70% of its employees coming from all branches of the military or law enforcement, US Patriot truly is “by soldiers, for soldiers.”

For more information about US Patriot, visit the company’s website at

LBT Inc – By Our Hands – Stories of American Industry

Friday, September 12th, 2014

This is a video I worked on a year ago with ADS TV and Ironclad. It details LBT Inc, a local gear manufacturing company which was established 25 years ago or so locally, on London Bridge Road in Virginia Beach, Virginia. It gives a bit of their history and background.

Special thanks to ADS Inc, LBT and Ironclad Media Alliance.

Less Money Needed To Move Magpul To Wyoming

Friday, September 12th, 2014

According to a story in the Post Register, Magpul has found a move-in ready building in their new production, distribution and shipping base in Cheyenne, Wyoming that not only meets their long-term needs but also prevents them from having to take up temporary residence until a final home is completed. This move will save the citizens of Wyoming over $4 Million in grant money. The change was recently approved by the Wyoming Business Commission and will be taken up this week by the Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board.

This will result in Wyoming investing $8.3 million in the project, and Cheyenne LEADS, the local economic development organization, will invest $1.1 million to help Magpul move. Operations should be in place by November.

The $8.3 million initially comes as a grant, but under the agreement, Magpul will repay about $3.7 million. Additionally, LEADS will sell the building to Magpul.

It Only Took Them Two Years

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014


Since I’m now seeing it posted everywhere, I’ll comment. Not bad, it only took folks two years to realize that KeyMod works just like industrial shelving.