For Immediate Release
The Safariland Group Acquires Lawmen’s Safety Supply
Longtime Partner and Leading Regional Distributor to Become Part of The Safariland Group
JACKSONVILLE, FL – December 23, 2015 – The Safariland Group (“Safariland”), a leading provider of a diverse range of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets, today announced that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Lawmen’s Safety Supply, Inc. (“Lawmen’s”), a premier distributor of equipment and uniforms for law enforcement and public safety professionals in the Carolinas.
Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Raleigh, NC, Lawmen’s has dedicated itself to providing top-of-the-line products and a superior service experience to its customers via its three retail stores in the Carolinas, as well as direct and e-commerce sales through its website. Lawmen’s began doing business with Safariland in 1987 and has been an exclusive Safariland armor distributor since 2004.
Scott O’Brien, Safariland’s President, commented, “Similar to the acquisition of Atlantic Tactical, adding Lawmen’s to our growing distribution platform will allow Safariland to better serve our customer base by positioning us closer to the end-user. We continue to focus on investing in our brands, underscoring our belief in innovation and service to all of our valued [independent] distribution partners. We are committed to our goal of providing a complete customer experience through new products, service, and the expansion of local presence to support distribution in each market.”
Al Sutton, President of Lawmen’s, along with his management and sales teams, will continue to run the business. As President of Lawmen’s, Sutton will report to Jim Duncan, Vice President of Domestic Sales at Safariland.
“It was very important to me to find the right long-term partner to help take our business to the next level for the benefit of our customers and employees,” said Sutton. “Safariland is the ideal owner of Lawmen’s, and we are excited to have Safariland’s strategic support as we continue to enhance the breadth of products and services we provide to meet the needs of both existing and prospective customers in the Carolinas and beyond.”
Adding Lawmen’s to its portfolio furthers Safariland’s effort to continually grow relationships with distribution partners and achieve its mission, “Together, We Save Lives.”
Lawmen’s is the leading provider of law enforcement and public safety equipment in North Carolina and South Carolina. With retail locations in Raleigh, NC, Charlotte, NC and Columbia, SC, Lawmen’s provides public safety professionals with the equipment they need to accomplish their mission safely. For more information, visit www.lawmens.com.
About The Safariland Group
The Safariland Group is a leading global provider of a diverse range of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets. The Safariland Group offers a number of recognized brand names in these markets including Safariland®, Med-Eng®, ABA®, Second Chance®, VIEVU®, Mustang Survival®, Bianchi®, Break Free®, Protech® Tactical, Defense Technology®, Hatch®, Monadnock®, Identicator® and NIK®. The Safariland Group’s mission, “Together, We Save Lives”, is inherent in the lifesaving and protective products it delivers. The Safariland Group is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.
For more information about The Safariland Group and these products, please visit www.safariland.com.
The Safariland Group is a trade name of Safariland, LLC.
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