September 30, 2019
Safariland, headquartered in Jacksonville, is a manufacturer of personal, and other equipment focused on the law enforcement, public safety, military, and recreational markets. It was formerly a division of the United Kingdom-based defense and aerospace company BAE Systems PLC. Safariland’s body armor has been credited with saving the lives of at least 2,040 police officers who were shot in the line of duty.
The company employs about 400 people in Jacksonville and 2,500 worldwide.
The company was founded in Sierra Madre, California in 1964 by Neale Perkins, following his father’s request for a custom holster. He named his new company after the African safaris he and his father took together.
In 1996, American Body Armor and its shareholders joined forces to form Armor Holdings, a diversified holding company with three manufacturing sites. Over 11 years, Armor Holdings acquired various brands in the law enforcement industry, including Safariland, which was acquired in 1996. In July 2007, BAE Systems acquired Armor Holdings, renaming the Armor Holdings Products Group the BAE Systems Product Group,of which Safariland was a part. In August 2008, this division was renamed Safariland.
In March 2013, the company acquired Mustang Survival, a manufacturer of safety and survivability equipment targeting marine and aviation applications in the public safety, military and recreational markets.
In January 2015, Safariland acquired Atlantic Tactical, the largest law enforcement equipment distributor in the northeastern United States. The company went on to make other acquisitions in the distribution channel starting in December 2015 with Lawmen’s, headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina and followed in March 2016 with the purchase of United Uniforms in western New York.
Safariland manufactures and distributes a wide range of safety and survivability equipment for the law enforcement, public safety, military and recreational markets, under a number of brands, each of which is tied to the Safariland corporate brand.
Products include body armor under the American Body Armor, Second Chance, and PROTECH brands; holsters, and duty gear under the Safariland and Bianchi brands; accessories under the Hatch and Monadnock, and other specialty brands; and less lethal products under the Defense Technology brand.
Through its acquisitions, Safariland provides explosive ordinance disposal products under the Med-Eng brand, marine and aviation products through Mustang, personal protective equipment through Aegis/LBA and PSP, and communications equipment under TCI.
Here’s what the company says about working with their team:
At The Safariland Group, we work together to provide protective solutions that make a difference to our law enforcement, military, security personnel, and commercial/outdoor customers. We are a team of innovators and designers that embrace, engage and drive creativity and new advancements in science, engineering and manufacturing to achieve our Company’s mission: Together, We Save Lives™.
As an industry leader, we combine forward-focused, high-performance people with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to create unlimited opportunities for product advancement. If you can picture yourself developing and delivering solutions to protect the lives of our heroes, then we invite you to explore our offerings and learn more about joining our global team of more than 2,000 associates strong.
We believe diversity and inclusion make for the best environment and yield extraordinary results. Therefore, The Safariland Group provides equal employment opportunities to all associates and applicants regardless of age, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion and any other factor protected by law.
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