NAVIGATION

July 24, 2016
Safariland

Photo:

Safariland customers include law enforcement.

Profile

Safariland

| 10/11/2012

Safariland, which makes body armor and other protective equipment for law enforcement and military customers, is back in the hands of Warren B. Kanders, who paid $124 million to acquire the company from BAE Systems through an affiliate of his investment firm Kanders and Co. Kanders’ interest in the Jacksonville company dates to 1996, when he first invested in predecessor American Body Armor & Equipment of Fernandina Beach. In 1999, when he was chairman of Armor Holdings, he led Armor to acquire Safariland for $41 million. He helped build the company through 19 acquisitions before BAE Systems bought Armor Holdings, including Safariland, for $4.1 billion in 2007. Revenue has fallen sharply since 2007. Kanders hopes to step up new product development and distribution, particularly internationally, and make select acquisitions. “It’s like I have unfinished business,” he says.

Digital Access

DIRECT DIGITAL ACCESS
Add digital to your current subscription, purchase a single digital issue, or start a new subscription to Florida Trend.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
An overview of the features and articles in this month's issue of Florida Trend.

ACCESS THIS ISSUE »

Florida Business News

Florida Trend Video Pick

Taking the kids to Kennedy Space Center
Taking the kids to Kennedy Space Center

Space fans old and young will enjoy the many sides of KSC: The sheer size of the suspended Saturn 5 rocket, the IMax movies, the bus tour, the new Angry Birds exhibit, the rocket garden, climbing through the miniature International Space Center, trying out a re-creation of a shuttle landing -- and much more.

Earlier Videos | Viewpoints@FloridaTrend

Ballot Box

In his acceptance speech at the RNC, Donald Trump painted a dark picture, portraying the United States as a diminished and even humiliated nation. He said these are times of crisis, and our way of life is threatened. Do you agree with Trump?

  • Yes - completely agree
  • On the fence
  • Don't agree, see things more optimistically

See Results

Ballot Box
Subscribe