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Small Business Paycheck Protection Program

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Many of you own small businesses and are wondering how you are going to pay your employees as well as overhead costs such as rent and utilities. Regardless of where you stand on the CARES act recently passed by Congress and signed into law, there’s a provision in there to help you.

paycheck protection program

We wanted to share this slide deck with our readers. It outlines the small business paycheck protection program which runs through June 30. You’ll learn that you don’t have to lay off employees, and in fact, this provision incentivizes you to keep them on full pay, even if circumstances keep them from coming into work. Many of you can take advantage of this program to grow your business while others retract, unable to envision business during these tough times.

Gerber Technology Creates PPE Task Force Resource Page

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Gerber Technology, the makers of Gerber cutters used by the textile industry, has created a resource page for companies wishing to transition their production line to manufacture medical PPE. It includes Patterns, Markers and Tech Packs. A special thanks to On Point Manufacturing for providing many of the Tech Packs.

Updated regularly, you can access it at sites.google.com/gerbertechnology.com/gerbertaskforce/home.

Blackwater Announces Investment In Iron Horse Firearms

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

For Immediate Release – Concord, NC –  Erik Prince and Blackwater Worldwide are pleased to announce the recent partnership with Iron Horse Firearms.  

Iron Horse entered the scene late 2018 with the first of its kind, thumb operated AR15 and their magazine fed shotgun called the Sentry 12.  The patent pending, thumb-operated trigger has been shown to greatly enhance the experience of a large portion of the shooting community and makes shooting possible for those who have limited mobility or severely injured fingers.  The Sentry 12 magazine fed shotgun, gives users the ability to rapidly select various ammo to match the threat level, all within a simple and reliable platform. Both products will be sold under the Blackwater Firearms division of Blackwater Worldwide.

“Ironhorse’s revolutionary trigger system has the potential to be a game changer.  It could not come at a better time as there have been so few impactful innovations in the firearms industry over the past 50 years.” Said Eric Prince, Founder of Blackwater Worldwide “Our in-house testing has shown a significant decrease in shot group size when compared to a traditional AR-15 trigger set.   We think this technology could be totally disruptive in the firearms market and could replace traditional triggers altogether at some point.”

“Blackwater brings much appreciated industry experience to our relatively new company.” Said Ryan McDonald, CEO Iron Horse Firearms “Together, we feel good about our chances of making this Blackwater and Iron Horse partnership very successful.”

Moving forward, Iron Horse Firearms will be “doing business as” Blackwater Firearms.

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The Perfect Hydration Tube: Source and Qore Performance Team Up on Tube Collaboration for IcePlate Curve

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Sterling, VA: Tired of inadequate hydration hoses, Qore Performance and Source have joined forces to create a custom version of the Source Tactical Drink Tube, built specifically for IcePlate Curve and IcePlate MOLLE Combo. This custom tube combines Source’s best-in class Helix Bite Valve drink tube with a 90 Degree Hard Elbow Qore Performance created specifically for IcePlate Curve. “This collaboration is super exciting for us because it delivers everything we want in a hydration tube: low-visibility signature, durability, reliability, and zero tube-kink risk. It really is the perfect drink tube,” said Qore Performance Co-Founder & CEO, Justin Li.


Qore Performance released IcePlate Curve in August 2019, exactly three years after they launched the original IcePlate Classic in August 2016. IcePlate Curve is the only hydration system in the world that can deliver four distinct benefits to the user with water they already carry: cooling, heating, hydration, and impact protection. Matching the exact geometry of a Medium ESAPI armor plate, IcePlate Curve delivers 50oz./1.5L and 70 watts of cooling in an ultra-slim, conformal package designed to minimize profile and boost physiological performance with a nearly indestructible package that can be worn under armor plates, over armor plates, or stand-alone for safety, recreational, and training applications.

A key component to IcePlate Curve is the IceCap. IceCap, designed and assembled by Qore Performance, is the Quick Disconnect drink tube interface for IcePlate Curve that uses the 28-410 thread standard, allowing it to be used on almost any plastic bottle product from Coca-Cola/Dasani in the world, in addition to IcePlate Curve.

The Source Tactical Drink Tube and Helix Bite Valve are currently standard on all Military and Law Enforcement orders placed with Qore Performance. They will come standard on all IcePlate Curves and be available as a stand-alone product starting April 1, 2020. Currently, they are available exclusively through Qore Performance’s website.

Qore Performance, Inc. is actively enhancing human performance and safety with wearable thermoregulation technology for military, law enforcement and safety professionals everywhere. Their IceAge Ecosystem enhances human physiological performance through thermoregulation under kit and while training. Qore Performance’s solutions were born out of a critical need identified by Co-Founder Justin Li, to improve performance and safety while working as a sworn law enforcement officer in the California desert.

Qore Performance products are proudly Made in the USA.


Watershed Joins Kitsbow, Industry Nine, Oowee Products in COVID-19 Response

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Switching from Drybags to Face Shields, Watershed helps WNC gear makers produce 1,000,000 units a month

Asheville, NC (March 29, 2020) – Known for their top of the line submersible packs, duffels and cases, Watershed Drybags joins the ranks of Kitsbow, Industry Nine and Oowee Products in creating hundreds of thousands of face shields in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The brand, who also outfits several military units including the Navy SEALs, is assisting by cutting out clear polycarbonate shields to be used in the end design of the reusable, protective medical equipment.

Led by cycling clothing company, Kitsbow and cycling component brand, Industry Nine, the foursome went from manufacturing their own products to pumping out thousands of face shields a week within days. By working together on sourcing, production and development, the brands shifted into high gear cutting 30,000+ shields ready for assembly in just one day (on March 27).

“Industry Nine CEO and friend, Clint Spiegel, called me after hours on Tuesday March 24, wanting to see if our automated cutting table could cut the shield material. We rushed some personnel back to the shop, and within 30 minutes had laid out the patterns and successfully cut parts. We are proud to be contributing to the nationwide effort at PPE production.”

The shields will be distributed regionally and nationally to medical professionals and first responders and began shipping on Saturday (March 28). The goal is to make and ship 1,000,000 a month. See www.kitsbow.com/collections/medical for more information on the PPE products.

Watershed Drybags are known for their patented Drybag technology that uses their one-of-a-kind ZipDry closure system, abrasion resistant polyurethane-coated fabric and radio frequency welded joints. The end result is a bag so airtight and watertight it can endure up to 300 feet of underwater pressure. Their bags were born from a love of whitewater kayaking, but have filtered into many arenas over the years such as preppers/survivalists, the military, and mountain biking.

AmmoSquared Inc Raises over $300K in Seed Round

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

AmmoSquared® utilized Wefunder.com, an equity crowdfunding site, to raise capital from customers and gun rights supporters to scale its unique ammunition subscription model to the mainstream market.

Boise, Idaho (March 2020) AmmoSquared® Inc., the online ammunition subscription site, has completed its equity crowdfunding round on Wefunder.com, raising nearly $313k from pro-gun investors to date.

Investors in AmmoSquared Inc. will receive Series Seed Preferred Stock at a $4.49m valuation. The company will use the funds to improve their current technology, build a more user-friendly platform, provide customers with more specific subscription options (down to the UPC level), and increase the current offering of 88 calibers to over 200, including calibers that are hard to find or are very expensive.

“I am very excited to welcome our new investors to AmmoSquared! It was always a personal goal of mine to open the business opportunity to small investors through an equity crowdfund. Many of our investors are also customers who saw the value of the service before anyone else did and so as new owners in the company, can now take part in our rapid growth.” Dan Morton, CEO of AmmoSquared Inc., commented.

AmmoSquared’s subscription formula allows customers to accumulate ammunition over time through a recurring purchase program. It is then stored securely and delivered on request or automatically via pre-set delivery triggers. During the current ammo shortage crisis, in which retail and online store shelves are out of stock, AmmoSquared customers are confidently able to receive their accumulated ammunition without issue.

New investors in AmmoSquared are betting that the company’s unique approach to selling ammunition, much like a 401K for ammo (minus the tax benefits, of course), will appeal to new and existing gun owners who want to stay stocked up on ammo, regardless of future market and social conditions.

Over the past year, there has been a surge in demand for the company’s ammunition accumulation program, with the current COVID-19 crisis and ammo shortage further highlighting the importance of AmmoSquared’s business model as a game-changer in the ammunition industry. Subscriber growth has increased over 200% from 12 months ago with a 27% increase in just the last three weeks alone.

AmmoSquared is currently accepting additional investments from Accredited Investors for a limited time. For investment information visit: ammosquared.com/invest

Outdoor Research Seattle Factory Converting Manufacturing Lines to Produce Personal Protective Medical Equipment

Friday, March 27th, 2020

SEATTLE, Wash. (March 26, 2020) Outdoor Research, LLC. (OR), a leading brand in the outdoor and tactical apparel industry, is applying their company commitment to American Design and Manufacturing towards manufacturing personal protective equipment for the medical community. This commitment includes adding additional manufacturing capability within the Seattle plant as well as installing advanced medical manufacturing lines, allowing OR to quickly pivot towards becoming an FDA-approved Class II medical mask maker.  Over the past month, the company has invested in high-speed equipment and employee training that will result in the following production capability:


• Surgical Masks: OR will be manufacturing ASTM level 3 masks by April 27, 2020.  Production will ramp up to the rate of 140,000 masks/day

• N95 Cup-style Respirator Masks:  OR will be making N95 masks by May 25, 2020. Production will ramp up to 36,000/day

• Fabric Face Masks: OR is immediately beginning the manufacture of ASTM Level 1 face masks, which provide basic bacterial filtration and sub-micron particulate protection.  The company will be able to produce thousands per day.



“Our 39 year history of rapidly developing cutting-edge Outdoor, Military and Tactical products provides OR the ability to quickly shift to supporting the personal protective needs of the medical community.” said CEO Dan Nordstrom. “Our entire company is fully committed to ensuring that doctors, nurses, health care workers and first responders have the personal protective equipment they require to effectively care for their patients.”


Highly respected in the outdoor industry for developing functional solutions for extreme environments, Outdoor Research has a history of successfully leveraging the best commercial market technologies to serve the needs of the armed services and first responders. Over the past two years the company has conducted a comprehensive review of the U.S. supply chain and is in active development with textile mills and materials providers to expand and elevate the capabilities of products that are 100-percent American-made.


Over the last two years OR has made significant capital investments designed to improve and modernize its Seattle factory. These investments allow Outdoor Research to take advantage of the company’s global knowledge of design, materials, and innovative manufacturing techniques while producing the next generation of tactical and outdoor products at its facilities. OR has continued to accelerate its product-development cycle, allowing the latest innovations to be rapidly fielded to the end user, and helping increase the mobility and protection of soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, first responders, and now the medical community.  


Friday, March 27th, 2020

The sanitary situation due to Covid-19 is deteriorating daily in France and has spread throughout the world.

The conditions for preparing and running the exhibition, which would protect the health and safety of the 100,000 expected participants, visitors, exhibitors and organisers, can not be met.

Many international and French exhibitors registered for the Eurosatory trade fair scheduled from June 8 to 12, 2020 are no longer able to prepare their participation and configure or transport the necessary equipment. It also appears that the very large number of foreign visitors expected to participate in the fair can no longer plan their trip to France.

The postponement of the exhibition to a later date has been studied but the conditions for success can not be met. 

The current situation no longer makes Eurosatory possible in 2020. It is with immense disappointment that GICAT (French Land and Airland Defence and Security Association) and its subsidiary COGES are forced to cancel the fair planned for June.

All the participants and partners will be contacted in order to best manage the consequences of this cancellation.

Therefore, Eurosatory team invites you to the next edition of the exhibition that will be held from June 13 to 17, 2022.

We thank you for your understanding. We hope that you and your relatives are in good health and we spare a special thought for anyone affected.