Archive for the ‘Industry’ Category

The History of Walther

Saturday, April 6th, 2019

Walther Arms and Panteao Productions are happy to announce the release of the new documentary, “The History of Walther.”

In the twenty-two-minute documentary, Larry Vickers with Vickers Tactical, ventures to the Walther Factory in Ulm, Germany. While there, Vickers visits with Product Manager, Peter Dallhammer to learn about Walther’s long history in handguns and the technologies that are moving Walther Arms forward.

The History of Walther documentary will be available for viewing on Amazon Prime and Panteao video streaming service.

The History of Walther on Amazon Prime.

Elevate Textiles Names Per-Olof Loof as President & CEO

Friday, April 5th, 2019

Provides key leadership to drive company’s advancement as leaders in innovation and sustainability

April 4, 2019, Charlotte, NC – Elevate Textiles, a global provider of advanced, high quality products and mission critical textile solutions, announced today the appointment of Per-Olof Loof as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Launched earlier this year, Elevate Textiles was born out of the integration of American & Efird (A&E) and International Textile Group under the leadership of Platinum Equity. Elevate Textiles and its distinguished collection of portfolio brands, including A&E, Burlington, Cone Denim, Gu?termann and Safety Components, serve 25,000 customers in over 100 countries and across six continents via a global footprint that includes 37 facilities and over 15,000 employees, representing a textile company without parallel in the industry.

Brandon Crawley, Principal at Platinum Equity who has been serving as Elevate’s interim Global CEO has seen firsthand the tremendous opportunity ahead for the company and the importance of finding the right leader to fuel growth.

“Over the last several months we have been working to form the new Elevate Textiles and aggressively drive growth and synergies within our brands. We see tremendous opportunity to leverage the company’s expanded global footprint and advance as leaders in innovation and sustainability. Per brings the right passion and drive to Elevate with more than 30 years of demonstrating strategic leadership to quickly and successfully drive business growth.”

Mr. Loof has served as CEO across multiple industries and sectors, with a focus on technology, innovation and multinational operations. He most recently served 13 years as CEO of Kemet Electronics Corporation, a leading manufacturer of electronic components. Additionally, he held prior CEO positions for Sensormatic Electronics Corporation and AT&T Istel and served as Sr. Vice President for NCR and Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Digital Equipment Corporation.

“Elevate brands and operations have tremendous market credibility and the right offerings with leading innovations, sustainable solutions and unprecedented product and operational expertise to advance our industry leadership,” said Loof. “I am thrilled to join the Elevate team and look forward to working with our employees, customers and other partners worldwide to build on our strengths and drive the company to even greater levels of success.”

Elevate Textiles offers a new, innovative approach to the textiles sector, providing premium fabric and thread solutions globally. As a consolidated platform, Elevate Textiles focuses on operational excellence, innovation, and environmental sustainability, with an integrated approach to supply chain, R&D, and procurement. Elevate Textiles is committed to growth through customer collaboration, innovative product development, and delivery of premium, mission-critical textile solutions globally.


Strategic and Operational Changes at Black Creek

Monday, April 1st, 2019

Black Creek Labs has recently made significant strategic and operational changes in order to move into a new era of developing and manufacturing quality products for the global defence industry and the individual Canadian consumer.

One of the boldest moves that Black Creek has recently made is the decision to demerge North Eastern Arms Group. This demerger was driven by the pressure to become an independent manufacturer that could focus on its core competencies and shake off a mind-set, culture and mutual dependence that were not compatible with the vision of Black Creek Labs. Both resulting businesses have strengthened due to this change. In January 2019, Black Creek took a step further and shut down both the manufacturing division and the customer service department for an unprecedented eight (8) weeks in order to restructure with new staff and concurrently focus on the ejection issues that have plagued the non-restricted firearm; the iconic, infamous and Canadian made, “102”.

As of today, Black Creek Labs is now operational again, with a 102 that has been cured of its ejection issue, and a brand new line of products that are all Scheduled for delivery to Black Creek’s new distributor, North Sylva Sports. Black Creek Labs is proud and honoured to be associated with North Sylva Sports and is confident that this team will be able to provide the extensive pre and post level sales support and customer service that our dealers and individual customers have been waiting for, and truly deserve.

North Sylva is now set to distribute the latest generation of 102, which is the first generation built by an independent Black Creek Labs. The Black Creek Labs customer support team is also finally operational and is now armed with the ability to cure the ejection issues of previous 102 models. We apologize that the customer service team was slow to respond to numerous backlogged requests over the last eight weeks, however we are back to our regular response times and now that we have determined the root cause of the systemic extraction issues, we are quickly shipping out extractor repair kits. Again, we apologize for the delay, however we are now prepared to get your 102s running how they were made to run.

Black Creek Labs is excited to move forward with a new team, a new culture and a host of new products. The long-anticipated Badger, Catamount and Wejack are all scheduled to be released shortly and all three platforms have surpassed our expectations. We are also not far behind on our Skunk Bear (a PDW in 300BLK, 7.62×39 and 9mm) and a new semi-auto designed for calibers larger than 308.

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American Defense Mfg. Retains Don Edwards and Greenline Tactical

Friday, March 29th, 2019

New Berlin, WI. March 2019 – American Defense Manufacturing, a leading manufacturer in high quality, high performance firearms, optics, and accessory mounts, is pleased to announce the addition of Don Edwards of Greenline Tactical as a consultant and technical advisor.

Don Edwards is a 20+ year veteran of US Army Special Operations. He began his career in the 75th Ranger Regiment where he was a participant in Operation Just Cause. Retiring from 20th Special Forces Group where he served as Team Sergeant during combat operations in Iraq, he became a training manager and primary instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA.  In addition, he was an Operational Advisor to the US DoD from 2008 to 2015, advising and assisting combat units in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Don is one of the most accomplished firearms and tactics trainers in the US and has co-developed some of the leading night-vision training programs being taught today.

“American Defense strives to manufacture products that meet or exceed the harsh demands of our military and law enforcement.  Don’s vast experience and knowledge as it relates to tactics, equipment, and individual operator needs make him an excellent resource.” Said John Gross of ADM.  “ADM will benefit from Don’s expertise to evaluate and test new products, provide guidance on product specifications, as well as train and demonstrate prospective law enforcement agencies on American Defense products.”

Effective immediately, Don will be implementing his American Defense Mfg. mounts and carbines into his Greenline Tactical training schedule and ADM LE demonstrations for 2019. Don will promote the ambidextrous controls offered in the UIC rifle systems enhance user operation and efficiency creating significant advantages over standard carbines.  

Don Edwards / Greenline Tactical www.greenlinetactical.com

For more information on American Defense firearms, mounts and optics, please visit www.admmfg.com or call 262.780.9831.


MYSTERY RANCH New Fire Program Manager – “Luke, Luke, the Fire Duke”

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

MYSTERY RANCH is excited to announce their new Fire Program Manager, “Luke, Luke, the Fire Duke” – Luke Mayfield. In this position, he will lead MYSTERY RANCH’s on-going efforts to provide the fire community with purpose-built, fire-specific packs. Luke hails from Medford, OR where he was Assistant Hotshot Superintendent. Prior to that, he had 18 seasons of United States Forest Service under his belt, 12 seasons in which he was with multiple Hotshot crews including Zig Zag Hotshots, Silver City Hotshots, and Rogue River Hotshots. 

In an interview with Luke, he quotes “I’m most excited to assist in supplying the world’s best load-bearing equipment available to the people that deserve it, all while staying relevant and active in the fire community.”

Since the launch of MYSTERY RANCH’S fire-specific product line, our Bozeman, MT-based company has seen tremendous sales and feedback coming from this category and Luke will take the lead on bringing these packs from development to the firelines. 


L3 Technologies Field Vision Systems Names Francisco Hidalgo Vice President and General Manager

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 27, 2019 – L3 Technologies announced today that Francisco Hidalgo has been named Vice President and General Manager of its Field Vision Systems business. Mr. Hidalgo most recently served as Chief Executive Officer for Heckler & Koch USA.

Mr. Hidalgo brings more than two decades of international manufacturing leadership to Field Vision Systems, with extensive experience in both the consumer and defense markets. He will oversee operations of the Field Vision Systems portfolio of brands, including EOTECH®, Vudu™ and L3 Field Vision.

“I am thrilled to be joining Field Vision Systems during such a dynamic period in the company’s history,” said Mr. Hidalgo. “With EOTECH’s recent award from the United States Special Operations Command, the relaunch of Vudu precision optics and the debut of the L3 Field Vision brand of premium sporting optics, the opportunity for success and growth at our division has never been greater.”

Prior to joining Heckler & Koch, Mr. Hidalgo spent nearly 20 years at Hanover, Germany-based automotive manufacturing company Continental, where he served as President of ContiTech North America for more than nine years.

An L3 company, Field Vision Systems delivers cutting-edge sporting optics technology and products, including holographic sighting systems and magnified optics. The company is dedicated to providing high quality, rugged products for military, law enforcement and commercial markets around the world. Visit www.eotechgear.com to learn more.

With headquarters in New York City and approximately 31,000 employees worldwide, L3 develops advanced defense technologies and commercial solutions in pilot training, aviation security, night vision and EO/IR, weapons, maritime systems and space. The company reported 2018 sales of $10.2 billion. To learn more about L3, please visit the company’s website at www.L3T.com.

Clandestine Media Group

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Clandestine Media Group was created from the marketing department of RE Factor Tactical.

A unique marketing service made up of former SOF operators turned visual artists/photographers, Clandestine Media Group offers unilateral photoshoots, joint photoshoots, SEO services, and more. They pride themselves in their ability to make each shoot look authentic as possible through a combined 20+ years of SOF experience.


Combat Flip Flops’ CEO, Matthew Griffin, Named Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Aspen Institute Mobilizes New Generation of Leaders

March 25, 2019 [SEATTLE, WA] –– The Aspen Institute has announced its 2019 Class of Henry Crown Fellows, including Combat Flip Flops’ CEO, Matthew ‘Griff’ Griffin. The Henry Crown Fellowship mobilizes a new breed of leaders, between 30-45 years, to tackle the world’s most intractable problems. All are proven entrepreneurial leaders, mostly from the world of business, who, having achieved professional success, are now ready to apply their creative talents and skill sets to building a better society.

Henry Crown Fellows explore their leadership, core values, vision for a Good Society and their desired legacies. But the Fellowship is not just about reflection. It is also about action: each Fellow launches a Leadership Venture that will stretch them and have a positive impact on their communities, their country, or the world.

“We are especially delighted with this year’s class of Henry Crown Fellows, the most politically and geographically diverse ever,” said Tonya Hinch, executive director of the program. “For society, they represent a potent force of talent, ready to focus their energies on some of the greatest challenges of our times. For them, they are embarking on a personal journey—a journey ‘from success to significance’—that will change their lives forever. I know. I’m a Henry Crown Fellow too.”

“It’s humbling to be nominated and selected as a Henry Crown Fellow,” state Griff. “This was made possible by the family and friends that supported the dream of Combat Flip flops and backed that support with relentless action. I look forward to the challenge of the fellowship and will endeavor to use the experience to positively contribute back to my communitity, country, and planet.”

2019 Henry Crown Fellows:

Yemi Dele Akinyemi, Creative Director, Founder & CEO, JAD Productions, Prague, CZ.

Sean Bielat, Chief Executive Officer, Endeavor Robotics, Carlisle, MA.

Sarah Bird, Chief Executive Officer, Moz, Seattle, WA.

Jewel Burks Solomon, Founder, Partpic (acquired by Amazon), Atlanta, GA.

Jerry Coleman, Founder, Offerpad, Gilbert, AZ.

Beau Ferrari, Executive Vice President, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, Miami, FL.

Jose Garcia-Aranda, President, Alberici Global Automotive Constructors, LLC., St. Louis, MO.

Max Goldberg, Co-Owner, Strategic Hospitality, Nashville, TN.

Matthew Griffin, Cofounder & CEO, Combat Flip Flops, Issaquah, WA.

Yvonne Hao, Chief Operating Officer, PillPack, Cambridge, MA.

Poppy Harlow, Anchor, CNN Newsroom, CNN, Brooklyn, NY.

Taavet Hinrikus, Chairman & Cofounder, TransferWise, London, UK.

Tara Hovey, President & COO, Optima, Chicago, IL.

Pete Kadens, Cofounder & Former CEO, Green Thumb Industries, Winnetka, IL.

Toni Ko, Founder, TKRP LLC & NYX Cosmetics, Los Angeles, CA.

Brit Morin, Founder & CEO, Brit + Co, Mill Valley, CA.

Shegun Otulana, Founder & CEO, Therapy Brands, Birmingham, AL.

Ruben Sigala, Former EVP & CMO, Caesars Entertainment, Denver, CO.

Stacey Tank, Vice President, Home Services, The Home Depot, Atlanta, GA. Amber Venz Box, Cofounder & President, rewardStyle, Dallas, TX.

Rodney Williams, Cofounder and Chief Commercial Officer, LISNR, Cincinnati, OH.

For more information on the Fellowship, please visit agln.aspeninstitute.org/fellowships/henrycrown.