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MATBOCK – Grand Opening Celebration

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

MATBOCK Grand Opening

MATBOCK is celebrating the opening of their first location! There will be BBQ, with drinks provided by Anchor Allie’s, games for adults and kids, and the LLTB Memorial Bikes on display, provided by Green Devil Garage. The showroom and shop will also be open to the public, with 10% of sales being donated to the Navy SEAL Foundation.

The event is taking place Sunday, August 16th, at 1164 Millers Ln Suite D, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451, starting at 2 PM and running through 6 PM. Stop by and say hello if you’re in the area!

www.matbock.com

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Line Of Fire Partners With Dom Raso Of Dynamis Alliance

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

This is some very interesting news we’ve been chomping at the bit to share with you.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 12, 2015

Line of Fire Partners with Dom Raso of Dynamis Alliance

Huntington Beach, CA / August 12, 2015 – Line of Fire, a premier manufacturer of top quality military/ law enforcement gloves and apparel, has partnered with Dynamis Alliance and its team of former operators to design and build high quality, innovative gear for tier one warriors.

After twelve years of service as a Navy SEAL, Dom Raso wanted a way to continue to help protect the future, safety, and freedom of our country and its allies. Dynamis Alliance was born in 2013. Dom knew that there were many likeminded people throughout the world looking to increase their safety and security of their families. His solution was to build a team to provide the best gear and training available. Line of Fire is proud to be working with this team.

“Given the years of military experience served by the Dynamis crew and my prior relationship with Dom, it was a natural and inevitable partnership. Line of Fire as a brand seeks to align with real, high-level operators, and we are excited to be doing that with this partnership,” said Brian Miller, Founder and COO at Line of Fire.

Together, Line of Fire and Dynamis have already been working on some gamechanging gear, most notably the ROPER glove, a glove that turns any operational glove into a fast rope glove, while allowing for a free trigger finger. Ideas like this and (others that cannot yet be mentioned) are what this partnership is all about.

The certified experience of Dynamis combined with the unique manufacturing capabilities of Line of Fire will certainly produce some effective gear. Line of Fire’s high quality glove line and unique grip system go hand in hand with the high quality expectations of the most elite operators. This partnership will continue that trend. Dynamis Alliance’s simple, very real motto, — “Quality training, gear, and preparation can make the difference between life and death.”

Retailers interested in offering Line of Fire and/or Dynamis Alliance products may contact Line of Fire at sales@loftactical.com and/or intel@dynamisalliance.com. Products and information can also be found at www.loftactical.com and/or www.dynamisalliance.com.

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. Hires New Manager, Government And Fleet Sales To Meet Growing Customer Demand In These Sectors

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

IRVINE, Calif. (August 10, 2015) – Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) is pleased to announce that the company has hired Michael Jacobs to fill the newly created position of Manager, Government and Fleet Sales.

In this new position, Jacobs will be responsible for the strategic development of Kawasaki’s government and fleet sales initiatives with the primary purpose of growing brand awareness for Kawasaki side x side vehicles, while increasing side x side business for KMC and its independent dealer network.

“With increasing demand in the sectors of government and commercial fleet sales as well as Kawasaki’s increasing growth in the marketplace with products like the MULE PRO-FXT™, the time was right for Kawasaki to hire a strong manager with deep roots in the fleet sales industry for this important position,” says Bill Jenkins, Senior V.P., Sales Operations. “Michael has the background and knowledge to take our government and fleet business to the next level.”

Jacobs’ recent experience includes several Regional Sales Manager positions with Fortune 500 companies as well as owning and operating a small start up company. He will be based out of the Central Region Office in the Dallas, TX area. In addition to his business experience, Jacobs was brought up in a Military household, living on Army bases around the world. Today, Jacobs lives in the Fort Worth/Dallas area with his two daughters and his wife, who is a school teacher. To reach Michael Jacobs to discuss government and fleet business opportunities with Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., he can be contacted at Michael.Jacobs@kmc-usa.com or 817-589-1180.

www.kawasaki.com

Benchmade Knife Company Promotes Jon de Asis To Sr. Director Of Operations

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 5th, 2015

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(Oregon City, OR) Benchmade Knife Company, manufacturer of premium sports cutlery for more than two decades, is pleased to announce the promotion of Jon de Asis to the role of Senior Director of Operations.

In this new position, Jon will oversee all aspects of manufacturing at Benchmade’s factory including the production, quality, supply chain, engineering and advance development departments. Jon will report to the President & CEO of Benchmade, Les de Asis.

Previously for Benchmade, Jon served as Product Line Manager and Supply Chain Manager. Prior to joining the company, he spent over five years in China serving as a Vice President for SinoRegent, a contract manufacturer serving various sporting goods industries. Jon holds a B.S. and MBA from the University of Oregon.

“We’re extremely excited to have Jon step into this new role” said Les de Asis. “Jon’s broad experience and leadership skills will be critical to managing our strong growth, and ensuring that we continue to deliver industry-leading quality and innovation.

www.benchmade.com

Quantico Tactical Holds Military EXPO At Camp Pendleton Wednesday, August 5th

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Quantico Tactical, a leading supplier of Special Operational Equipment, is bringing a Military EXPO to Camp Pendleton on Wednesday, August 5. The event is designed for military personnel on base, and will take place at The Pacific Views Event Center, 202850 San Jacinto Rd. Around 50 brands will be represented, providing opportunities for individuals to get quality time with manufacturers, see the newest equipment and gear, and purchase for their teams and units at great prices. Quantico Tactical’s Oceanside store will also be represented, with special offers available exclusively to EXPO attendees.

www.QuanticoTactical.com

U.S. Tactical Supply – ODOC 40MM Less Lethal Demo

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

U.S. Tactical Supply Less Lethal 40mm Range Day

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U.S. Tactical Supply is hosing a Less Lethal Demo with the Oregon Department of Corrections on August 19th at the ODOC range in Salem, Oregon. They will be demoing the new SDI 40mm BIP rounds and the AAMI 6-round 40mm Launcher. The event is open to all Law Enforcement and Military Personnel. Refreshments will be provided at the event.

If you have any questions about the event, you can contact U.S. Tactical Supply by phone at 541-928-8645 or by e-mail at sales@ustacticalsupply.com.

ustacticalsupply.com

Gil Feldman Appointed As National Sales Manager At Agilite

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Gil Feldman

Tel Aviv, Israel, July 30th, 2015-Agilite has announced the appointment of Gil Feldman as National Sales Manager for Israel at Agilite. Feldman joins Agilite from one of The Israel Police’s most elite tactical units. Feldman previously served in a covert tactical unit of Israel’s Ministry of Defense after several years in Maglan, an IDF Special Forces Unit.

In his spare time, Feldman is a multiple Olympic-length Triathlete and Iron Man.

“I am excited to get started at Agilite, the quality of the products and personnel there are unrivalled. I’m looking forward to using my operational experience to contribute to creating even better products for top-tier Military and Law Enforcement Units” said Gil.

Aside from his combat career, Feldman is a competitive shooter whose elite LE Unit team took first place in the IDF’s pistol marksmanship tournament, beating the Israeli Military’s most elite SF units.

About Agilite: Agilite Systems is Israel’s premier designer and manufacturer of tactical and rescue equipment and apparel. It supplies top-tier Special Forces around the world as well as Military, Law Enforcement and Search and Rescue Organizations worldwide. For more details, visit Agilite at www.agilitegear.com or email info@agilitegear.com.

This Is What LPTA Gets You

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

As you may recall from our recent article on the Soldier Protection System – Torso and Extremity Protection system, one of the awardees of the “Lowest Price Technically Acceptable” contracts for its manufacture is Hawk Protection Incorporated whose Headquarters’ address is listed on their website as: 8362 Pines Boulevard # 280, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024.  

  
We googled the address which got us to scratching our heads.  

  

Here is a photo of the front entrance to Hawk Protection Incorporated’s US Headquarters.

  

I wonder where they put all of the sewing machines.

Vista Outdoors Has Agreed To Acquire CamelBak Brand

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Vista Outdoors has agreed to acquire the CamelBak brand from Compass Diversified Holdings for $412.5 million. The full release can be read below:

CLEARFIELD, Utah, July 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Vista Outdoor Inc. (NYSE: VSTO), a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire CamelBak Products, LLC. CamelBak is the leading provider of personal hydration solutions for outdoor, recreation and military use. The company’s products include hydration packs, reusable bottles and individual purification and filtration systems.

The CamelBak acquisition will strengthen and expand Vista Outdoor’s presence in outdoor sports and recreation, with products that complement every outdoor activity where Vista Outdoor’s products are used. The acquisition will provide Vista Outdoor with another highly recognized and well-respected brand that is a preferred partner to leading retailers. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. Vista Outdoor anticipates closing the transaction within the next month.

“The acquisition of CamelBak greatly advances Vista Outdoor’s strategy to grow and strengthen our leading position in the outdoor recreation industry,” said Mark DeYoung, Vista Outdoor Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “CamelBak fortifies our presence in the mainstream individual outdoor recreation market, creating an opportunity to increase the scale, reach and growth of several current offerings through an expanded global sourcing capability and a broadened retail distribution network. With limited overlap between our key customers, this acquisition creates significant cross-selling opportunities, increased channel presence and access into expanded domestic and international markets. As a market leader and preferred partner, Vista Outdoor can leverage the technical expertise of CamelBak to deliver innovative solutions and quality product offerings that will create value for our shareholders and customers.”

Under the terms of the transaction, Vista Outdoor will purchase CamelBak for $412.5 million, subject to a customary working capital adjustment, utilizing cash on hand and borrowings under its existing credit facilities. Management expects calendar year 2015 net sales for CamelBak of approximately $160 million. The purchase price includes an approximate net present value of $35 million in future tax benefits associated with the deductibility of intangibles from a prior acquisition of CamelBak. The purchase price, net of the previously mentioned tax asset, represents a resulting effective multiple of approximately 11x CamelBak’s expected calendar year 2015 EBITDA. Vista Outdoor intends to refinance the expected borrowings under its credit facilities with long-term debt financing. Pending such financing, Vista Outdoor has received a commitment to provide $50 million of secured debt financing from Morgan Stanley, which the company does not at this time intend to draw upon, but which provides additional flexibility pending completion of long-term financing. Absent transaction and transition costs, Vista Outdoor expects the acquisition to be accretive to Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) earnings per share (EPS). Vista Outdoor will provide information relating to CamelBak’s impact on FY16 financial results as part of its first quarter earnings press release and webcast on August 13, 2015.

“CamelBak is enthusiastic about the opportunity to join the Vista Outdoor family of brands,” said Sally McCoy, CamelBak CEO. “Their successful platform will accelerate CamelBak’s growth as a global brand. Vista Outdoor supports our mission to continue to reinvent the way people hydrate and perform through innovative hydration products.”

Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Petaluma, California, CamelBak is the category creator for hands-free hydration and meets the needs of diverse consumers with a comprehensive product portfolio. CamelBak has an expansive network of marquee customers ranging from REI to Target. CamelBak has approximately 300 employees and will be integrated into the Outdoor Products segment of Vista Outdoor, increasing the scale of the business and reinforcing a culture focused on delivering high-quality, technologically advanced products.

CamelBak is a subsidiary company of Compass Diversified Holdings (NYSE: CODI), an owner of leading middle market businesses headquartered in Connecticut.

Morgan Stanley serves as transaction and financial advisor and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP serves as legal advisor to Vista Outdoor in connection with the transaction.

www.camelbak.com

www.vistaoutdoor.com

Reminder – Obama Administration Moves To Restrict ITAR Related Free Speech

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Back in June, we reported on a recent proposed rule change to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) which, according to the Federal Register website would:

…amend the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to update the definitions of “defense article,” “defense services,” “technical data,” “public domain,” “export,” and “reexport or retransfer” in order to clarify the scope of activities and information that are covered within these definitions and harmonize the definitions with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), to the extent appropriate.

This rule change would expand the definition of what digital information could be classified as ITAR restricted, including but certainty not limited to the firearms industry.

One aspect of these proposed changes that was implied but not blatantly addressed is the restriction it could place on 3D printed firearms and components. Technical data including “blueprints, drawings, photographs, plans, instructions or documentation.” would become restricted from “export”, or being published on the internet, which includes 3D printer files for firearms and components. We’ve already seen a restriction on 3D firearms plans when Defense Distributed was told to remove the plans for the Liberator Pistol from their website.

But what can I do?
You can comment. This rule change hasn’t taken effect yet and you can let the Federal Government know how you feel about this proposal by providing feedback.

If you are going to do so, we suggest these pointers:

  • You’ve got until, August 3, 2015 to submit your feedback. Comments may be submitted online at regulations.gov or via e-mail at DDTCPublicComments@state.gov with the subject line, ‘‘ITAR Amendment—Revisions to Definitions; Data Transmission and Storage.”
  • Read everything posted about the proposed changes. It’s dry, but know what you are referencing.
  • Post your comments.
  • Begin your comments with “I am in opposition of the proposed changes” so that, in the odd chance that you agree with some points and oppose others you will not be considered in the “I love the proposed changes” column even though you don’t agree with all of it.
  • We suggest you point out the hypocrisy of such a move considering the extensive amount of commercial and government (think US Patent and Trademark Office holdings and military publications) data already available.
  • Concentrate on the free speech implications of the proposed change.
  • Consider the negative implications for academia, research, industry and individual Americans.
  • We suggest you use your own voice, keep it civil, direct and to the point, and use proper grammar to be most effective. Do not use a form letter. They carry less weight than individualized comments.

    www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/06/03/2015-12844/international-traffic-in-arms-revisions-to-definitions-of-defense-services-technical-data-and-public