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Lipsey’s Donates $10K to Walk The Talk America (WTTA)

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

Lipsey’s®, a leading national firearms distributor, donates to help WTTA further its mission to bridge the gap between mental health awareness and the firearms industry.

Las Vegas, Nev. (January 2020) – Walk The Talk America (WTTA), a non-profit organization designed to bridge the gap between the firearms industry and owners and the mental health industry, is honored to have received a generous donation of $10K from one of America’s leading firearms distributors, Lipsey’s®.

WTTA was founded and launched three years ago by industry veteran Michael Sodini after an impromptu conversation with an individual regarding how firearms companies deal with school shootings, suicides, and other gun violence. Sodini realized that there was a need to bring the firearms industry together with those working in the mental health profession to stop the cycle of blame and finger-pointing and begin a conversation leading to more understanding on both sides.

Lipsey’s was founded in 1953 as a wholesale hunting and fishing distributor. Since then, Lipsey’s has remained dedicated to providing customers with superior service and attention and today is one of the largest independently owned, single location firearms distributors in the US.

“Lipsey’s has been a partner with Walk the Talk America since its inception,” Laurie Aronson, President and CEO of Lipsey’s, commented. “Their organization is making positive strides towards closing that bridge in addressing mental health and firearms.”

“We are very thankful to have the support of large distributors like Lipsey’s join our mission,” Sodini added. “With every donation, WTTA can provide more tools and resources like training instruction, online and downloadable information for individuals, companies, and retailers. It is our goal to bring together not only the firearms industry and mental health resources, but to make it available to all firearms owners.”

For more information on how to become involved, visit

John Faherty – XGO Sales Director – Global Government & Military Sales Development

Monday, January 11th, 2021

John Faherty joins XGO as Director of Sales for Global Government & Military. His focus will be new business development for the XGO brand, including military and government Distributors, International, Law Enforcement, and Retail including AAFES, MCX, and GovX.

John brings a wealth of experience from highly technical brands in the Government, Military, and Commercial market space to our XGO brand- having spent over fifteen (15) years leading business development for brands including Patagonia, Arc’teryx, and NEMO. More recently, he led The Stratera Group as founder and strategic consultant, partnering with brands to develop commercial strategy, navigate government contracting, and define business processes for commercialization.

XGO is the high performance brand designed for the military and government for Longworth Industries, located in Southern Pines, NC.

For addition information, contact Traci Stapleton, Executive Vice President, Longworth Industries, Inc., PO Box 2176, 565 Air Tool Drive, Southern Pines, NC 28388; [email protected].


Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition Announces New Officers, Board of Directors Members, And Formation Of Medical PPE Special Subcommittee

Monday, January 11th, 2021

Leading Personal Protective Equipment Industry Association Positioned for Continued Success

MARBLEHEAD, MA (January 11, 2021) – The Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition (WPRC) is pleased to announce three new additions to its Board of Directors, the election of a new Chairman of the Board and significant legislative accomplishments in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act and Defense Appropriations bill.  

The newly elected Directors of the WPRC are Mr. David Milgrom, the CEO of Bernard Cap Company and Mr. Scott Williams, Vice-President at the Wing Group. Ms. Amy Coyne, CEO of Revision Military has rejoined the Board.  At the WPRC’s annual Board Meeting held in December, Mr. Justin Mayer of DuPont was elected to serve as the next WPRC Chairman of the Board, Mr. Kevin Hickey of ADS, Inc. was elected as Treasurer, and Ms. Amy Coyne will serve as Secretary. Additional Board members include Mr. Markin Dornan, Managing Director-Military at NSA and Mr. Frank Montie, the CEO of Brookwood Companies.

WPRC Executive Director David Costello said, “This year has presented a number of unprecedented challenges for our member companies that comprise the domestic Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Organizational Clothing/Individual Equipment (OCIE) industrial base. As demand for PPE items has rapidly increased, WPRC member companies have responded by domestically manufacturing items immediately needed by frontline workers and government agencies. From surgical masks and N95 respirators to protective gowns, eye protection and patient isolation materials, our members have responded to the national need for equipment without hesitation. Our members are subject matter experts in the challenges and opportunities inherent in Made in the USA manufacturing processes.  They have leveraged this knowledge to lead the effort to provide the high demand protective items that are needed throughout the country.”

As the WPRC continues to expand our membership, innovative companies have recently joined the association. IDEAL Fastener Corp., Lydall Performance Materials, TSSi, Inc., Burlington Fabrics, and Wing Group have recently joined with over 50 other companies to add their voice to the advocacy efforts of the WPRC.   The additional impact of these industry leaders is critical to advancing the WPRC mission to support the evolving needs of the Armed Services, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Growth in WPRC membership has been driven by a series of legislative and policy accomplishments. WPRC’s top legislative priority, funding for the Soldier Enhancement Program (SEP), was included at $9 million, $4 million over the total authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This is a significant victory that is a direct result of WPRC advocacy and engagement – most notably through our annual Legislative Summit in March 2020. This builds on report language included in the House and Senate versions of the NDAA as well as the omnibus report and affirms Congressional commitment to the program. With this language and pending funding through appropriations, the WPRC has restored SEP and secured funding authorization for PEO-Soldier to restart the program.

Over the past two years, WPRC has led within a multi-association/stakeholder effort to return the Simplified Acquisition Threshold (SAT) to $150,000 (from $250,000) for Berry Amendment compliant procurements. This year the Senate NDAA included language to modify the Berry Amendment to designate a permanent threshold of $150,000, decoupling Berry procurements from all other Department of Defense procurements. Especially notable is language that prevents dividing larger contracts into several purchases or contracts for lesser amounts. This is a direct result of WPRC advocacy. This is a significant change and a very important victory for WPRC members and Berry Amendment support/advocacy moving forward, as Congress has now acknowledged the importance of a strong domestic industrial base.

Given WPRC member company expertise, the WPRC has established a PPE Select Subcommittee to be chaired by past WPRC Board Member Bruce LaFlam of Milliken Military and Performance Fabrics. The Subcommittee will serve as a forum for the interaction of industry participants and stakeholders such as government and military representatives, academia, and non-governmental organizations to facilitate the exchange of information and points of view and develop best practices to promote the development of the medical and military domestic industrial base.

The WPRC PPE Select Subcommittee will include additional PPE experts from among the WPRC membership. The Select Subcommittee will support the development of position statements, white papers and host meetings and webinars over the coming year to identify the top priorities for the PPE industry. The Subcommittee will recommend where improvements are needed across government and industry to ensure a viable, sustainable, and robust domestic PPE industrial base. These findings will be incorporated into WPRC annual priority issues and policy goals. The Subcommittee will begin work in early 2021 and report directly to the WPRC Board of Directors.

Diamond Age Partners with Laura Burgess Marketing

Friday, January 8th, 2021

Leading-edge designers and developers of advanced ballistic materials and products, Diamond Age has signed Laura Burgess Marketing to build market presence.

McKinney, Texas (Jan. 2020) –Diamond Age, a Texas-based, materials science and ballistics specialist company, announce that Laura Burgess Marketing (LBM) will be representing their public and media efforts.

Diamond Age is one of the world’s most advanced designers of body armor systems and accessories using innovative design combined with breakthrough research and development and cutting-edge manufacturing processes. In the late summer of 2020, Diamond Age revealed the NeoSteel™ Combat Helmet. The revolutionary tactical-style, modular helmet was comprised of advanced metal alloys, unlike current tactical helmets on the market today. As an evolution in personal protection, the NeoSteel helmet was designed for law enforcement, security, rescue, contractor, and personal defense customers. With best-in-class performance for minimal backface deformation (BFD) and impact trauma, the NeoSteel Helmet is unlike any current polymer-based helmet. Environmentally stable, it will provide users with years of consistent rim-to-rim protection without material degradation that would severely compromise protection performance.

Laura Burgess Marketing will be responsible for informing and educating a discerning public of the new technologies and the multiple benefits offered through Diamond Age’s ballistic products. Besides traditional media relations, LBM will engage customers through social media platforms to provide transparency and conversation about their products to promote customer loyalty and satisfaction.

“In 2020, we worked with LBM to release the NeoSteel Helmet announcement,” Jake Ganor, CEO of Diamond Age, commented. “The results of the initial release and the follow-up release on the NeoSteel Helmet accessories convinced us that LBM had the reach and capabilities we needed to execute a sound marketing strategy.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Diamond Age on a full-time basis,” Laura Burgess, president of LBM, added. “The ballistics market is rapidly changing and we look forward to bringing the most cutting-edge products in that industry to our shooting sports and public safety communities.”

For more information about Diamond Age and its products, visit

SOFWERX Seeks Industry Feedback on Engagement with USSOCOM

Thursday, January 7th, 2021

SOFWERX, in concert with USSOCOM Special Operations Forces Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (SOF AT&L), wants to identify the most viable methods of implementing a more cohesive and streamlined approach to engage with Industry, Academia, National Labs, and other potential innovators.

SOF AT&L wants to provide potential partners with clearer guidance on how to do business with USSOCOM and further lower the barriers of entry for respondents. The outcome of these responses will be the basis for improving the engagement strategy.

MMI Textiles Announces Strategic Expansion of its Leadership Team with One New Executive Hire and Four Promotions

Tuesday, January 5th, 2021

WESTLAKE, OH – January 4, 2021 – MMI Textiles Inc., a global diversified supplier of industrial and custom fabrics and textile components with military, tactical, medical, commercial and apparel expertise, has announced one new executive hire, Kathleen Stevens as Chief Financial Officer and four promotions, including Debbie Grant to Chief of Staff, Nick Rivera to Chief Operating Officer, Geoffrey Senko to Director of Business Development and Joshua Slack to Supply Chain Manager.

MMI Textiles is at the forefront of customer service and innovation in the textile supply industry, and these new executive moves will help support the company through its next phase of growth as a leading global supplier of advanced materials.

“These executive moves – the new hire and the promotions – are a strategic part of our vision and growth plan,” says Amy Bircher Bruyn, Founder and CEO of MMI Textiles.  “We are ending 2020 with a record year in sales, and are reinvesting back into our industry with people, product development and new facilities. On the heels of adding manufacturing in North Carolina during the 4th quarter of 2020, we are finalizing plans for further growth and expansion in 2021 to increase our distribution needs and meet that evolving needs of the marketplace.”

Prior to joining MMI Textiles as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Kathleen Stevens served as the CFO of Standby Screw Machine Products, as well as the CFO of Ohio Association of Polygraph Examiners. She brings more than 35 years of financial, treasury and accounting experience to the position, and an exemplary record for building teams and growing multi-million dollar global companies. Stevens is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace University.

Nick Rivera, MMI Textiles’ longest tenured employee, brings nearly 15 years of experience in customer service, production and operations to his new position as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Under Rivera’s guidance as Director of Operations since 2014, MMI has experienced consistent, double digit growth and expansion across multiple markets. In his new role as COO, he will continue to be responsible for contributing to the company’s growth and expansion through oversight of day-to-day administrative and operational functions of the company. Rivera is a graduate of Cleveland State University.

Debbie Grant, as Chief of Staff (CoS), will build on her 11-year tenure with MMI Textiles, where she oversees marketing, customer service, human resources, office systems/IT, professional certifications, and works on strategic projects. She brings more than 30 years of corporate experience to the position, including roles with JCPenney, American Greetings and Cole Managed Vision. She will report directly to the CEO and will focus on helping set policies and making time, information and decision processes more efficient and effective. Grant is a graduate of The Ohio State University.

Geoffrey Senko has been with MMI for over 10 years as a Sales Representative and successive positions as Regional Sales Manager and National Accounts Manager. In his new position as Director of Business Development, Senko will develop and implement plans designed to build customer relationships and capture new opportunities on a global scale. Senko is a soon to be graduate of Cleveland State University.

As the new Supply Chain Manager, Joshua Slack will build on his five years’ experience with MMI in customer service and production. In his new position, he will oversee and manage the company’s logistics strategy and operations with a focus on process efficiency and productivity. He will also be responsible for continuing to develop and maintain vendor and distributor relationships. Slack is a graduate of Lorain County Community College.

OSS Suppressors Announces New Board Member

Monday, January 4th, 2021

DALLAS TX— 1/4/21 OSS Suppressors LLC (OSS) announced the appointment of a new member to its Board of Managers, Richard (Rick) Elder, President of Beyond Clothing. “I am pleased to welcome Rick to the Board of Managers. His experience growing successful performance brands and sales, especially with military procurement, will be a valuable addition to our team as we continue to expand our patented and proven Flow-Through® technology and business with key programs and contracts” said Board Chairman Scott Walker.

In his position as President of Beyond Clothing, Rick led the vision, structure and development of the company and its advanced fabrication technology and gear – used by professionals and enthusiasts to perform and survive in some of the most extreme climatic conditions. Prior to joining Beyond Clothing, Rick was Executive Director of Smith Sport Optics’ Elite military products, Asst. Program Manager for USSOCOM SOF Personnel Equipment Advanced Requirement, and Captain, 1/75 Ranger Regiment, USSOCOM.

“I am excited to assist the team at OSS Suppressors in bringing their Flow-Through technology to a broader audience. I have believed in Flow-Through from its inception, and with its unique ability to dramatically decrease toxic gas blowback, strongly feel it is the only responsibly safe suppressor solution for professionals and enthusiasts alike” said Rick Elder.

INVISIO Acquires Racal Acoustics, a World-Leading UK-based Supplier of Communication and Hearing Protection Solutions

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

INVISIO has signed an agreement to acquire all the shares in Racal Acoustics, a UK-based supplier of communication and hearing protection systems for high noise environments, with annual sales of approximately SEK 130 million.

Racal Acoustics Ltd, a subsidiary of TransDigm Group Inc. prior to INVISIO’s acquisition, is a world-leading brand with a history of more than 100 years in the design, develop­ment and manufacture of communication and hearing protection systems, focused on audio ancillary equipment for the military, first responder and aviation sectors. The London-based business has 55 highly skilled employees and a global footprint.

The acquisition is aligned with INVISIO’s growth strategy and the ambition to further strengthen its global market-leading position within communication and hearing protection systems. 

The acquisition means that INVISIO will broaden its offer with a complementary new product category, consisting of advanced and rugged hearing protection and communications headsets for environments with constant high noise, often found in larger military vehicles and around aircraft.

The acquisition will provide INVISIO with access to customers and prospects in the attractive market niche for communication and hearing protection in vehicles, which is a highly relevant area for the new INVISIO Intercom System.

The purchase price to be paid by INVISIO is approximately SEK 170 million and is expected to be cash and debt-financed. Racal Acoustics has recently completed a successful restructuring. The acquisition is expected to contribute to INVISIO’s revenue for 2021 with more than SEK 130 million and with a positive result. No material integration costs are anticipated.

Under the terms of the acquisition, INVISIO will also acquire Racal Acoustics Inc, a US based sales company through which Racal Acoustics markets and sells its products to the US market. The acquisition, which is expected to close during the first quarter of 2021, is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

“We are very excited to welcome Racal Acoustics into the INVISIO-family. The deal is a perfect fit as the two companies are largely complementary. Over many years Racal Acoustics has built a strong position for communication and hearing protection in high noise environments such as military vehicles, while INVISIO has built a strong position for users in the field. Our combined product offerings and market footprints will strengthen our world leading position as the communication and hearing protection expert for users within military, first responder and aviation markets, whether in the field or in a vehicle,” says Lars Højgård Hansen, CEO of INVISIO.

“Joining INVISIO is the perfect next step to fully explore the potential in Racal Acoustics. As the companies to a large extent share the same business-DNA but target different market segments and sales channels, we have all the elements for a strong growth story and future together,” says James Ewing, Managing Director at Racal Acoustics.