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G T Distributors Establishes Employee Stock Ownership Plan

Monday, February 12th, 2018

G T Distributors is now Employee-Owned!

G T Distributors is pleased to announce that effective January 26th, 2018, 55% of the company’s stock has been sold to its employee’s retirement plan, through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The Texas-based public safety equipment and uniform distributor’s 100+ employees will become beneficial owners through the ESOP.
This transaction gives employees a financial interest in the success of the business, making the positive bonds between G T Distributors teammates even stronger than they are today. It also rewards those who have played a critical role in G T’s success since the beginning.

Jim Orr, celebrating 35 years with GT, plans to remain President for the long-term and the executive management team at GT will continue in its current form. “It has always been my desire for GT to continue being privately owned and managed, and the ESOP will help us achieve this goal, “said Orr, “The ESOP will enable the continuity of leadership and transition the company from family owned to employee owned. The management team is confident that the ESOP will make us an even stronger company.”

“Seeing the consolidation over the past few years in the public safety equipment and uniform space through mergers and acquisitions, we looked for other avenues of transitioning GT from a family business to something longer term that kept existing management in place and ensured our employees and their families continued job security. So often customer service suffers after an acquisition and faithful employees lose their jobs as they are duplicated elsewhere in the acquiring entity. We feel our existing management and staff know our customers best and understand the company’s future direction.”

Today G T Distributors employs more than 100 employees based in Austin TX, Dallas TX, Jacksonville FL, and Rossville GA. G T Distributors core purpose is supplying Public Safety personnel with the equipment it takes to keep our communities safe and allow them to return home safely at the end of their shift. G T was established in 1972 by Bill and Charlotte Orr in Rossville GA and we believe they would be proud to know of the company’s transition to employee ownership.

For more information, please visit www.GTDist.com

Jon Morrison, Joins HyperStealth As New Public Relations Manager

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Not only did he revamp Hyperstealth’s website, but Jon Morrison has also joined HyperStealth as their new public relations manager.


Jon Morrison is the CEO of Get Clear Consulting and the newest partner of the Hyperstealth team. He is passionate about watching outstanding companies succeed by implementing the best marketing tools available to them. Jon is a certified copywriter, helping companies clarify their message, reach their ideal clients, and grow their business. Jon adds expertise as a best-selling author and keynote speaker. Jon lives in Abbotsford, B.C., is married to Hayley and they have two daughters, Abigail and Grace.

North American Rescue Announces Acquisition Of JTM Training Group

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

Greer, SC (February 5, 2018) North American Rescue, LLC (NAR) is pleased to announce the acquisition of JTM Training Group (JTM) from Las Vegas, NV. JTM has over 20 years of experience providing tactical and medical training to military, law enforcement, EMS, and first responder personnel.

JTM Training Group has a strong history of offering premium evidence-based medicine education and training solutions for military and first responders. As a leader in their industry, they have been offering online EMT certification/re-certification courses since 2006 and are considered one of the most trusted online EMT providers in the world. Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) courses are also available, providing hands-on combat medical training that adheres to the TCCC Standardization Guidelines. Finally, their team of experienced and knowledgeable instructors enables them to provide customized opportunities for immersive, scenario-driven courses that are tailored to meet mission-specific requirements.

This broad range of training capabilities makes JTM an ideal addition to the NAR company goal of providing “products with a mission.” NAR has long recognized that successful life-saving treatment may begin with the right equipment, but the key elements of education to know when to use and training to know how to use that gear are requisites for desirable outcomes.

“North American Rescue has always been committed to equipping the warfighter and first responders with what they need to save lives,” said Robert Castellani, CEO of North American Rescue, LLC. “We are pleased to bring the JTM team onboard. For years we have been asked for training opportunities by customers of our premium products. We are confident that JTM’s solutions will enable us to exceed expectations for leading-edge education and training experiences and that the options of online, in-person, or even mobile training events will provide accessibility to premium training that meets and exceeds requirements.”

JTM Training Group will be changing their name to “North American Rescue Education and Training” (NAR Training), and will transition to new branding during the second quarter of 2018. Their website will remain fully functional, and courses will continue to be run and offered throughout the transition.

Defoor Proformance Ends Partnership With Raven Concealment System

Friday, February 9th, 2018

Defoor Proformance released this statement earlier today.

Defoor Proformance has announced an end to their partnership with Raven Concealment Systems after 6 successful years together. During this time DPS and RCS developed the Eidolon holster, one of the most successful appendix holsters ever produced.

“While I greatly enjoyed my time with Raven it’s time for DPS to move forward toward other goals in line with our current and future client base. My staff and I wish RCS the best on their future endeavors and thank them for the opportunity they provided DPS”, said VP Kyle Defoor.

Brand & Oppenheimer Acquires General Fabrics Co.

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Portsmouth, RI – February 6, 2018 – Brand & Oppenheimer Co., Inc. (B&O), a leading textile converter, announced it has acquired the assets of General Fabrics Co. (General Fabrics), a leading wholesale designer, packager, and distributor of printed textiles. General Fabrics, founded in 1951, services a wide variety of markets, including quilting and crafting resellers. Praesidian Capital initially invested both first lien debt and equity in B&O, and has continued to support the company.

Run by Edward and David Odessa, General Fabrics has a longstanding reputation for quality within the quilting and craft resale markets. “We are very excited to join forces with B&O,” stated the Odessa’s. “We will continue to meet customer demands with quality products and outstanding service, and we look forward to a very successful future together.

“I am excited to acquire General Fabrics,” stated Ed Ricci, CEO of B&O. “B&O and I have worked with the Odessa’s for a long time, and General Fabrics’ business model fits well into B&O’s operations. The acquisition expands our product capabilities, complements our existing sales divisions, and advances our vision for strategic growth. I look forward to entering the print quilting and craft markets and streamlining the connections between B&O’s other sales divisions.”

“Since our initial investment, B&O has continued to provide premiere textile products and customer service,” said Jason Drattell, the founding partner of Praesidian. “We have been consistently impressed with the management team’s strategic vision and ability to drive growth. The acquisition will expand B&O’s product offering and customer base, and we anticipate continued growth in the coming years as management executes on their strategic vision.”

Let No Good Deed Go Unpunished

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

This young lady is named Rochelle Hathaway. She was interviewed for a Glamour magazine article which asked women attendees of last week’s SHOT Show in Las Vegas why they owned firearms. This airline attendant was at the show as part of team Taran Tactical. Her answers resulted in an Internet firestorm and Taran Butler cut ties with her.

Unfortunately, in this photo used in the article, she was wearing a badge holders generously given away as swag by Geissele Automatics. Due to this coincidence, the backlash against her also hit Geissele. Earlier today, they had to release this statement:

Many of you have seen this photo and the story of this person over the last few days. Unfortunately in the photo she is wearing a Geissele Badge Holder. We want to make it clear to the community that Geissele has no personal or professional connection to this person what so ever. Every year at SHOT Show we give away over 10,000 badge holders to those in attendance who request one from our booth staff. We do not know this person and we certainly do not support her anti-freedom comments. Geissele is extremely pro 2nd amendment and is in no way supportive of any discussion involving the limitation or restriction of Our rights and Our freedoms.

Considering how dedicated Bill Geissele supports the Second Amendment the outrage is ridiculous. It just goes to show you how an innocent gesture can get a company swept up in an internet mob. Hopefully, the torches and pitch forks will be put away.

DARKA Holdings and its Subsidiaries Split Between Owners

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

The Virginia Beach-based holding company announced today that its operating businesses are being divided between their two owners, William Somerindyke and Lee Tolleson.

Due solely to the differing visions on the future direction of their family of companies, both Tolleson and Somerindyke believe a split up is necessary to insure the future success, growth and sustainability of the companies. Both parties wish each other the very best in their future activities and endeavors.

Pursuant to their agreement, Somerindyke shall retain ownership of Regulus Global, while Tolleson shall retain ownership of ARK Defense, ARK Medical and Badgerwerx.

Nammo Takes Ownership Position In MAC LLC

Friday, January 26th, 2018

Bay St. Louis. MS. January 26 2018, 08:00 CST.

Nammo is proud to announce that it has taken an ownership position in MAC LLC, a leader in the development and production of lightweight polymer cartridge cases for small and medium caliber ammunition.

Managing the weight of weapons and ammunition continues to be a major challenge for today’s armed forces, causing fatigue for individual soldiers, while reducing range and endurance for vehicles and aircraft. Responding to this challenge, MAC LLC has spent several years developing and commercializing lightweight, polymer-based solutions for military and aerospace markets, significantly reducing the weight of military ammunition products. Nammo, as one of the leading providers of specialty ammunition for military and commercial customers in the western world, believes that this technology will strengthen its ability to provide a reliable advantage to its customers.

Morten Brandtzæg, President and CEO of the Nammo Group says, “Our ownership position in MAC LLC is perfect for Nammo. Their technology and products are complementary to our product portfolio and we see a strong future for lightweight solutions. MAC LLC will strengthen our group’s strategic position in the US and international ammunition markets.”

Reijo Bragberg, Executive Vice President of Nammo Small and Medium Caliber Ammuniton says: “This is a very exciting opportunity for Nammo. We are now joining with a company that is the frontrunner in development of lightweight technologies, which are of great importance for our defense customers”.

Nick Malkovich, President of MAC LLC , “Supported by Nammo, MAC LLC will continue to develop technologies and support our troops with superior lightweight ammunition solutions. We are extremely satisfied to have Nammo as one of our owners. Nammo is well known for their high performance products and for being a reliable supplier of products that give advantage to US and allied customers. Nammo and MAC LLC are in many ways a perfect match.”

MAC LLC will continue to operate as they have, providing a leadership role in lightweight ammunition solutions, and will be an important partner in Nammo’s US growth plan going forward.

The acquisition has been reviewed and approved by the US government.