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Source One Distributors CEO & President Awarded Key to the City of Wellington, Florida

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Mark Llano Awarded Key to City

We found out last night that Source One Distributors, Inc CEO & President Mark Llano was awarded the very first Key to the City of Wellington, Florida during an awards ceremony earlier this week. Turns out, this year is also Source One’s 10th Anniversary. It seems like just yesterday I had first met Mark. He’s a great guy, who’s built a fantastic business. And that would probably be enough for many, but Mark gives back. He supports Veterans who follow his footsteps, transitioning into business as well as his local community.

“I was very honored to have accepted this award on behalf of Source One,” said Mr. Llano, a Marine veteran. “Whether its volunteering at a wreath laying ceremony or sponsoring a monument honoring our troops, at Source One we have always believed in “giving back,” and we will continue to do so. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Wellington Village Council who, in my mind, have done an outstanding job in making Wellington the place to live in South Florida.”

The text below is from the issued proclamation:

“A Proclamation of the Village Council of Wellington, Florida Honoring Wellington business owner and philanthropist Mark Llano and presenting him with a “Key To The City”

Mr. Llano was presented with the “Key to the City” of Wellington, Florida by the Wellington Village Council.

WHEREAS, a “Key to the City” is given to honor and thank esteemed residents, visitors or organizations who have made a notable impact on the community; and

WHEREAS, Mark Llano, a Florida native, joined the United States Marine Corps after graduating from the University of South Florida, and is a Veteran who served in the Gulf War; and

WHEREAS, In September of 2001, Mr. Llano moved his family to Wellington and in 2003, founded Source One, a Wellington business with over 40 employees and is recognized as the industry leader in military tactical gear distribution. He and his business are committed to supporting the men and women in the armed services who are working to keep our homeland secure; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Llano is also a philanthropist who actively volunteers in his community, whether in his neighborhood or as a Little League and football coach and serves on various boards, board of directors and sponsors military charities, organizations and community projects; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Llano has received numerous recognitions and awards for his accomplishments as a small business entrepreneur and is truly a role model for all residents, children and business owners in the community.

NOW, THEREFORE, the Village Council of Wellington, Florida hereby honors Wellington business owner and philanthropist Mark Llano and presents him with a “Key to the City”.

Support the Honor the Fallen Foundation by Purchasing a Book at SHOT Show

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Al Mampre, WWII Veteran and Member of the original Band of Brothers will be at the Source One SHOT show booth #8203 signing books as a last minute fund raiser for the Honor the Fallen foundation from 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3 pm on and Friday January 18th.

Hydrapak Announces Partnerships with London Bridge Trading and Source One Distributors

Monday, January 14th, 2013

This announcement by Hydrapak, may well have some interesting implications for a market long dominated by Camelbak and to a lesser extent Source Hydration. Hydrapak has been around since 2001 and been an OEM provider of hydration bladders. LBT is well known for producing quality load carrying and armor systems and Source One Distributors brings their TLS and prime vendor experience to the table. It looks to be quite a combo.

Hydrapak, a leading global supplier of active-lifestyle hydration equipment, today announced partnerships with London Bridge Trading, a leading equipment designer and manufacturer for the United States Armed Forces, and Source One Distributors, a top military equipment distributor.

The new collaborations, featuring Hydrapak’s ultra-durable 1st Wave technology, make the Oakland-based company a leading supplier of hydration solutions for American troops at home and abroad.

“Hydrapak’s innovative hydration technologies and Source One’s knowledge of military distribution channels and tactical gear will allow us to provide additional assistance to the men and women of our armed forces,” said Vinny Chhibber, Source One’s marketing manager.

“Though our two companies are in a new relationship, Hydrapak has worked with us like we’ve been together for years,” said Vincent Moran, LBT’s vice-president of purchasing. “We look forward to a bright future with Hydrapak.”

Hydrapak introduced its 1st Wave hydration systems in 2011, its first product line designed specifically to the requirements of military, law enforcement, and industrial needs. In addition to reservoirs constructed with extra-thick thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), 1st Wave products also feature TPU- and Neoprene-insulated drinking tubes and dust covers for bite valves – design innovations that acknowledge the harsh environments where soldiers serve.

“We’re a hydration company that’s willing to innovate and capable of innovating,” said Hydrapak CEO and Lead Engineer Matt Lyon. He added that the company’s experience as an OEM provider for top brands such as The North Face, Salomon, and DaKine makes it uniquely suited to design and distribution partnerships.

Maneuver Conference – Drift Dry USA

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Drift Dry USA finds its roots in the SCUBA industry and has taken their history in maritime technologies to integrate flotation into combat gear. Now, they’ve taken their experience with stabilizing SCUBA loads in the back to develop a new ALICE-style frame system.

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They’ve integrated TIG welding technologies from NASCAR and aviation industries. They’ve made a frame that is stronger and lighter, initially with still and now with aluminum. Additionally, Drift Dry has eliminated those pesky rivets and other unnecessary components that are the week points of the frame.

You may also notice the padded captive suspension system. It integrates load lifters at the shoulders and the waist belt is precurved to fit the hips.

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They’ve also introduced a pack bag for the frame with an internal, adjustable radio pouch as well as dual internal hydration sleeves with unique external drain holes. The Mission Patrol pack also incorporates A removable rain cover.

Dry Drift USA products are available from Source One Distributors.

Kryptek LEAF

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

US Army Camouflage Improvement Effort finalist Kryptek displayed an innovative combat ensemble in their transitional pattern.

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See Kryptek LEAF at SHOT Show in Source One Distributors booth #8203.

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Kryptek LEAF

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Kryptek is developing a good following for their unique hunting camouflage and clothing line available through Cabela’s. Earlier today, they unveiled Kryptek L.E.A.F., which is a SDVOB (Service Disabled, Veteran Owned Business) that handles all of their government/military work. What makes this so significant is the timing. We didn’t expect to start seeing any of the proposed US Army camo patterns until after the upcoming down select announcement, but Kryptek LEAF just unveiled their full lineup. Go ahead and click on the image below to blow it up to full size so you can get a better feel for the patterns.

These four patterns make a family that shares common geometry but with complimentary color palettes for different environments. There is Highlander which serves as their Transitional pattern, Mandrake which is a Woodland design, Nomad for use in the Desert, and Yeti for Snow use. Not shown on this image are Urban and Typhon which are Grey based patterns for various urban applications.

Take a look at Highlander. It’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen before and they’ve done a great job of producing the illusion of 3D. As you can see, it looks great on a flat file. The question with not only these patterns but all of the Army candidates is, “Can they print it?” I’d say that this photo is a good indication that they can.

Kryptek on how it works:
Kryptek utilizes a multi-directional design to effectively conceal in a multitude of terrains that have either a lateral or vertical flow. The bi-level layering of the patterns incorporate background transitional shading and sharp random geometrical foregrounds to create a three dimensional effect that ensures the utmost in concealment at both close and long ranges. These components combined with colorations selected and matched based on input from testing and observations from Operators in the field make Kryptek Camo the ultimate in passive battlefield deception.

Kryptek LEAF will be officially unveiled at SHOT Show in Source One Distributors booth #8203.

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Source One CEO & President Attends 2011 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Gala

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Several months ago we told you that Mark Llano, Source One CEO & President was honored as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Florida Award winner in the Distribution and Manufacturing category. Last week, he attended the National Entrepreneur Of The Year gala in California. There, he met with former President George Bush, the 43rd President of the United States.

“I was very honored to have had the opportunity to meet President Bush and exchange ideas with some of my colleagues at the Strategic Growth Forum in Palm Springs,” said Llano. “Ernst and Young put together a fantastic event to celebrate who I feel are the backbone of America’s economy: Entrepreneurs. I’m looking forward to see what they have in store next year!”

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Source One Distributors Launches New Company

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Source One Distributors, Inc., announced that it has spun off its Source One Tactical division into a new and separate company, Source One Tactical, Inc. (SOT). It is Source One’s intent to provide a seamless transition of the operations of the division into its own separate entity.

Source One Tactical, Inc. will focus its effort towards developing product designs for the Military and Law enforcement communities that address essential mission critical needs and solve unique problems in an innovative fashion. Another key strategy for Source One Tactical will be consistent investments into research and development initiatives and cultivating a line of products and services that improve the overall safety, precision, speed and quality of Military and Law enforcement operations. SOT will also manufacture a variety of end items with a primary focus on Military and Law enforcement products, as well as some products that will carry-over into the commercial outdoor sportsman markets.

In a statement regarding the evolution of Source One Tactical, Inc., E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year and Source One President & CEO, Mark Llano said:

“The growth of Source One Tactical over the past few years has been a direct result of everyone on the Source One Distributors Team being 100% ‘Committed to the Mission….®’ of supporting our troops. By listening to professionals in the field, working with the best in class strategic partners, and utilizing cutting edge technology we were able to grow the Source One Tactical division into a brand that has come to represent quality, innovation and durability to our customers. This move is a step forward that will allow the SOT line to expand and continue to provide state-of-the-art, mission critical products and services to help assist today’s war fighter and law enforcement professional keep America safe and secure.”

Source One has developed several products over the years so this is a great move for them. Furthermore, we know they’ve added some great folks to the team and can’t wait to see what they come up with.

For more information regarding Source One Tactical, contact: jhenkemeyer@sourceonetactical.com or visit www.sourceonetactical.com.