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The Safariland Group Achieves Three Million Hours Worked With Zero Recordable Injuries

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Florida – The Safariland Group, named one of America’s Safest Companies, announced today that it has achieved an aggregate 3.2 million hours worked without a recordable injury. Associates in Jacksonville, Florida have exceeded more than one million production hours without a recordable injury while Tijuana, Mexico associates surpassed more than two million production hours, both accumulating to achieve this distinction. As a company committed to saving military and law enforcement officers’ lives with ballistic vests, holsters, duty gear, bomb-disposal suits and more, The Safariland Group continues to distinguish itself with an emphasis on the safety of their own associates with world-class safety procedures in place.

The Safariland Group initiated its corporate safety program five years ago, and in 2013, Safariland, LLC was named one of “America’s Safest Companies” (ASC) by EHS Today for providing a safe work environment and demonstrating low injury rates that few companies achieve. In fact, while the standard total recordable case (TRC) injury rate of .75 is considered “world class,” The Safariland Group facilities around the world are operating well below this U.S. standard.

According to an article published in September of 2013, “Companies that are named to EHS Today’s ASC list understand the symbiotic relationship between safety and productivity, profits, morale and employee retention,” said Sandy Smith, editor in chief of EHS Today. “The marketplace is demanding that companies be sustainable, and they only should be considered sustainable if they protect their most important asset: employees.”

Today, included in its comprehensive safety program, The Safariland Group associates are involved in stretching programs to address potential ergonomic issues and are trained to identify risks which may potentially cause injuries. Further, with safety tips posted visibly throughout the facilities and encouragement from the leadership team, associates have been empowered to raise a “red flag” if a concern is noted. “With this element of our safety program, we’ve empowered our associates to stop production if, at any moment, they feel unsafe or see a potential danger,” said Pat Ross, Director of Safety, Health, Environmental Security and Risk Management for The Safariland Group. “Conversely, this program also encourages associates to call out good behavior with incentives tied to it. By giving our associates the right to put their and their colleague’s safety first, they now have created a safer working environment for each other. It is very rare to work for a company that has exceeded one million hours of production without a single recordable injury. We are so pleased to know that we come to work in a safe environment each day.”

Stated Scott O’Brien, President of The Safariland Group, “Our entire company culture is built around saving lives; it’s why we come to work every day. It was only natural to ensure that the same type of attention our associates place on the lives of others was built into our own operating procedures. We’ve always strived for a safe workplace environment, so implementing a program with strategic safety goals and key measurement factors was the next logical step for us.”

The Safariland Group safe practices, including designated safe working parameters, are implemented throughout its facilities. The Jacksonville facility houses production for concealable ballistic vests, firearms cleaning solutions and forensics equipment. Similarly, Tijuana associates are safe and ergonomically-correct manufacturers for automotive accessories, ballistic vests and duty gear equipment. Consisting of 12 locations, The Safariland Group is a growing company and is determined to continue to pursue innovative solutions to safety challenges.

The Safariland Group is celebrating 50 years in business in 2014. For more information about The Safariland Group and its life-saving products, visit or follow The Safariland Group on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Leupold Streamlines Tactical Structure To Better Serve Warfighters

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Leupold Optics has recently restructured its tactical optics team. The full release can be read below.

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Leupold & Stevens, Inc., has restructured its tactical optics team in order to better serve the nation’s elite warfighters and law enforcement professionals.

“We understand that Leupold has been given a great responsibility by the men and women on the front lines,” said Bruce Pettet, Leupold & Stevens, Inc., president and chief executive officer. “Each and every one who rely on a Leupold optic, as well as those they protect, are counting on our products to perform flawlessly; every time. This is a responsibility we take very seriously.”

W. Wilson Timothy has been promoted to lead the team as Director of Tactical and International Sales. Timothy’s experience working in global markets and with military forces around the world makes him the perfect lead for the team.

Ray Brock has been promoted to Manager of Tactical Products and Sales, where he will serve as a primary contact between military end users and Leupold’s design engineers to create and improve tactical products.

John Snodgrass has been promoted to Product Line Manager. Snodgrass is bringing his years of experience as a military and civilian competitive shooter to the product development process of Leupold tactical optics.

Steven DiGregio has been promoted to Account Manager for Tactical and International Sales, where his years of customer service experience and personal service as a Marine will benefit Leupold Tactical end users and their gear acquisition specialists.

“Our goal with these changes is to make sure we have the right people and processes in place to deliver the service and tools our warfighters deserve,” Pettet said. “They made a commitment to this country, so our more than 600 American employees are making a commitment to them.”

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AEC Narrow Fabrics Completes Purchase Of Narricot Industries

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Asheboro, North Carolina, September 24, 2014 - AEC Narrow Fabrics (AEC) today announced that it has completed the purchase of Narricot Industries, a unit of International Textile Group, Inc. The transaction was completed September 23. The sale includes the Narricot plant facilities in Boykins, Va and Murfreesboro, NC, equipment and current inventories in those locations along with all Narricot products and certain intellectual properties of the business. In addition, all Narricot employees will transfer to AEC to become employees of AEC Narrow Fabrics.

Established in 1898, Narricot is a leading US producer of woven narrow fabrics for military, fire, safety, rescue, automotive, industrial and recreational use.

Larry Himes, AEC Narrow Fabrics’ CEO commented, “We are pleased to have Narricot join with AEC Narrow Fabrics and welcome its employees into the AEC family. Narricot’s strengths in the military, automotive, fire and safety, fall protection and industrial markets complement AEC’s work in these markets and our products for the apparel, medical, bedding, and home furnishings industry. We believe the combination of these companies will serve to strengthen both as we leverage our technologies, product expertise and production capabilities across a more diverse range of markets and end uses.”

Kenneth T. Kunberger, President & Chief Executive Officer of International Textile Group, commented, “We believe this is an excellent move for the Narricot group and will provide more opportunities for growth. Narricot employees have worked tirelessly to improve the operations and technical elements of their products, and we believe that AEC’s expertise in narrow fabrics provides the best platform for Narricot’s future success.”

Under AEC, the Narricot plant will continue to operate and manufacture the current Narricot product lines while exploring new product and market opportunities. ITG and AEC will work closely through a transition period to ensure there is a smooth, seamless transition for employees, customers, and suppliers.

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Sunday, September 21st, 2014

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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.

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