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Team Wendy Issues Statement Regarding Secretary Clinton’s Visit

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

This morning I awoke to an Internet circus. Team Wendy, one of our advertisers, had shared a local news story that Democratic front runner for President, Hillary Rodham Clinton was holding an event at their facility this coming Monday. Now, I shouldn’t have to point this out, but I will; Mrs Clinton is not well liked by the rank and file or veteran service member or Law Enforcement Officer (this guy included). As you can imagine, the Internet mob was out in full force, vilifying Team Wendy for their actions. I received several emails about the issue from concerned readers as well, so I looked into it. I have spoken with Team Wendy CEO Jose Rizo-Patron about the situation and he offered the statement below. But before I get to it, I’d like to say something about this situation, Team Wendy and its owner, Daniel T Moore, from my perspective.

I’ve known Mr Moore for well over 10 years now, since well before there was an SSD, and I’ve met with him on several occasions. Until today I never even considered his politics. We always spoke about American manufacturing and his efforts in dealing with Brain Injuries. Once, on a visit, we also discussed his hometown of Cleveland, and I can tell you, that man is proud of his town. But we never discussed politics because it wasn’t germane to our common goals of protecting service members and employing Americans. Even now, I know that those are core values of Team Wendy as well as the man that owns it, and those are the very reasons that they are an advertiser on my website.

As I understand it, Secretary Clinton had planned to visit the 700,000 sq ft facility which houses Team Wendy along with several other small manufacturers called the Cleveland Industrial Innovation Center. At some point it was determined that this repurposed plant contained a defense contractor. Hard to say who made the call. The area is solidly Democrat so it could just as well have been a local party organizer as an HRC campaigner. Regardless, it transformed somewhere along the way from a facility visit to a campaign event. The news was notified and it blew up. I have a feeling that the opportunity to bring TBI to the national stage became the main focus, and the possible fallout from a visit by a Presidential candidate wasn’t at the forefront. There was some excitement and the news story was shared by Team Wendy in their Facebook page. Näive? To be sure. But I don’t see any effort in their end to endorse a candidate for political office as so many have claimed. I also think Team Wendy had as many actual customers as were claimed during the Facebook tirade against them. They employee Americans, continue to innovate and make a great product that is used in every issue helmet. Their ZAP pads have saved many a noggin over the years from the effects of shock and blast. Also, their next generation of helmets and liners are pushing the envelope of protection technology.

Do I think it was a mistake? Absolutely. But on this one, Team Wendy gets a mulligan from me. To be sure, it’s been a costly learning experience for them. They are now stuck between a rock and a hard place. They could go back on their word to participate in the visit and make their critics happy. However, this could result in ramifications both locally and perhaps, long term at the federal level. On the other hand, Team Wendy could go along with the event and alienate their customer base. Regardless of which course Team Wendy takes, this is a cautionary tale for anyone in the defense industry to abstain from endorsing political candidates from any party. The reality of business is that they must work with both parties.

My support for Team Wendy hinges on their long-term actions. Will they stay true to their commitment to excellence in the head protection arena? Will they continue to insist on American manufacturing? And, will they stay out of politics? America needs a vibrant defense industry. I am in this for the long haul and I want to see them there as well.

– Eric Graves, SSD Editor

Team Wendy’s Statement

Team Wendy Friends and Customers,

Let me start by stating unequivocally that Team Wendy has not endorsed nor will be endorsing any candidate for President of the United States.

Our business and focus is centered around three principal goals: Protecting Americans and our allies against serious and potentially life-threatening impact related injuries, creating American jobs and promoting American manufacturing.

To the extent that politicians are interested in working with us to address these core goals, Team Wendy has always been, and will continue to be, willing to meet and listen. We do not get to dictate who serves as President of the United States, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State or Chairman of the HASC. We simply engage with and are openly willing to work with anyone who shares our core mission of saving lives, or anyone who is in a position to positively advance our mission.

To those who are not aware, Team Wendy is a company within a portfolio of sister companies that focus mainly on industrial innovation. Team Wendy is very different than its sister companies. Team Wendy was founded in 1997 by Cleveland-based entrepreneur Dan T. Moore as a memorial to his daughter Wendy, who passed away from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) following a snow-skiing accident. Next year will mark the 20 year anniversary since Wendy’s passing as a result of that tragic accident. Her legacy and memory lives on daily here at Team Wendy through the work being done toward developing leading edge protective gear and other innovative products.

Wendy’s legacy also lives on through the work that Team Wendy does by engaging government, academia and the private sector to learn more about TBI and how we can better prevent this from happening to the American troops who do so much to protect our country.

Although we are a profit-making company, we will continue to be driven by Wendy’s legacy and will continue to work our tails off to provide our guys and gals on the front lines the best protective equipment possible, in the most timely fashion possible, and with the best customer service we can deliver. Nothing is more important to us.

We intend to actively and aggressively promote our core mission with Secretary Clinton during her time here on Monday and will continue to work as a company to do all that we can to be advocates for our core customers, our troops and first responders.

Sincerely,

Jose Rizo-Patron

CEO, Team Wendy

Team Wendy – SAR Visor

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

TEAM WENDY’S SAR Visor is now available!

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CLEVELAND – Following the release of Team Wendy’s EXFIL Search and Rescue (SAR) helmets in 2015, additional accessory items have been developed to enhance how the SAR helmet is used. The SAR Visor was designed to quickly and easily install on the helmets SAR Accessory Rail 2.0 System. The visor will protect from impact, debris, water and wind.

The SAR Visor is available through TeamWendy.com and authorized Team Wendy dealers.

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SAR Visor: AT A GLANCE
Features

  • An anti-scratch coating inside and out
  • Visor positively locks into up and down positions
  • SAR Visor side view down position 5

    Protection
    Rated to EN 166 level 2B to ensure optical clarity and impact resistance

    ONLINE:
    Learn more about the EXFIL SAR Visor: store.teamwendy.com/products.php?product=SAR-Visor

    Post SHOT Show Wrapup – Galactac AR500 Ballistic Armor Suit

    Sunday, January 31st, 2016

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    Artist Ryan B. Flowers has been selling his Mandalorian-inspired Galactac armor sets for a while now, but this is the first time one’s been made of actual ballistic armor, and it has some high-profile industry names behind its creation. Ballistic armor manufacturer AR500, Heckler & Koch, SureFire, SOG Knives, Team Wendy, Armasight, and TEA Headsets all threw their support, and products, into the development of what is essentially a set of contemporary ballistic Mandalorian armor. This set was floating around the SHOT Show floor, spending its time between the H&K and AR500 booths, the later where we found it and took a few photos for your perusal.

    Stay tuned for the further info on the development of this suit at a later date.

    You can get a set of the non ballistic armor at www.galac-tac.com/home.

    SHOT Show – Team Wendy Introduces Exfil SAR Visor

    Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

      
    The Exfil SAR Visor installs on the rails of the SAR Tactical and SAR Backcountry.  It is rated to both EN 166-2B and ANSI Z87.1 to protect your eyes from wind, debris and water.  

    www.teamwendy.com

    CMSgt Paul Koester (USAF, ret) Joins Team Wendy as Military Market Manager

    Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

    CMSgt Paul KoesterTeam Wendy is proud to announce that CMSgt (ret) Paul Koester has joined their business development team as the company’s Military Market Manager.

    “Paul’s years of operational experience and immense knowledge of warfighter equipment is second to none,” said Jose Rizo-Patron, CEO of Team Wendy. “He is a great addition to our team and will have an important role in growing our domestic and international military business as well as contributing to our product development efforts.”

    Paul retired from the Air Force in 2015 after 41 years of service as a Pararescueman and Combat Controller. Ending his career as the Chief Enlisted Manager for the 58 RQS at Nellis AFB, Nevada, Paul previously served as the AFSOC and PACAF Pararescue Functional Manager, Personnel Parachute Program Manager and Command Diver.

    As the longest serving Pararescueman in the Air Force, Paul deployed numerous times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Northern Watch and Operation Southern Watch. He is a Master Parachutist with over 1000 jumps, a Naval Surface Warfare Center/CRANE Joint Small Arms and Sniper Rifle Certified Armorer as well as a designated marksman instructor.

    He holds a bachelor’s degree of Aeronautical Studies and master’s degree of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in addition to a master’s degree in Engineering Management from George Washington University.

    Paul resides in Nevada where he instructs tactical marksmanship courses, sky dives and gun smiths in his free time.

    www.TeamWendy.com

    The Story of Team Wendy

    Thursday, December 24th, 2015

    This video, shown at a Concussion Summit sponsored by Case Western University and Team Wendy, was made to honor Dan Moore and Team Wendy. It details the origin of the Team Wendy name, as well as Team Wendy’s ongoing efforts in the development of helmet systems. It’s some great background, and if you’ve ever been curious about the Team Wendy name, here’s your answer.

    www.teamwendy.com

    Team Wendy & Polaris Giveaway To Support Mission 22

    Saturday, December 19th, 2015

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    Team Wendy and Polaris are donating a helmet and E-Fat Bike to raise funds for Mission22. The bike and helmet will be on display at Team Wendy’s booth at SHOT and the winner will be selected Jan 31.

    mission-22.myshopify.com/products/donate-to-mission-22

    Australian Defence Force Selects Team Wendy Exfil Ballistic Helmet

    Friday, December 18th, 2015

    AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE SELECTS TEAM WENDY EXFIL BALLISTIC HELMET
    Tiered Combat Helmet Contract awarded to Aquaterro APS

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    CLEVELAND – Team Wendy announces that its EXFIL Ballistic Helmet has been selected by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as Tiered Combat Helmet (TCH) of record (Tiers 2 and 3) for the Soldier Combat Ensemble (SCE). The five-year contract with two additional 2 year options was awarded to Team Wendy’s partner in Australia, Aquaterro APS.

    The EXFIL Ballistic is the third model in the Team Wendy EXFIL line, following two popular non-ballistic tactical bump helmets: Carbon (released in 2012) and LTP (Lightweight Tactical Polymer, released in 2013).

    With a complete helmet system weight of 2.6 lbs. for Size 1 and 2.75 lbs. for Size 2, boltless CAM FIT retention with Boa closure system for optimized stability and fit, cam-lock sliders for positive locking adjustment, and a customized Zorbium impact liner with 2 full sets of comfort pads, the EXFIL Ballistic is designed to be comfortable during extended use all the while providing leading edge ballistic protection.

    “We are thrilled that the ADF has selected the EXFIL Ballistic as their Tier 2 and Tier 3 program of record helmet. We also appreciate the confidence that the ADF has placed in Team Wendy and our partner in Australia, Aquaterro” said Team Wendy CEO Jose Rizo-Patron. “Since launching our EXFIL helmet program 3 years ago, we have worked hard to not only put out some of the most advanced helmet systems in the world, but to also provide our valued customers with industry leading service and support.” Rizo-Patron continued, “Team Wendy also recognizes the importance of working with industry leading strategic partners. To this end, we are pleased to highlight the support of our partners that are associated with the EXFIL Ballistic Helmet – ArmorSource LLC, Wilcox Industries and Boa Technology Inc.”

    www.teamwendy.com