Blackhawk® Products Group™ Formed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 21, 2003

Mike Noell, President and CEO of BlackHawk® Industries announced today the formation of BlackHawk® Products Group™. “BlackHawk® Products Group™ will be the vehicle to aggressively expand and develop our product lines through alignments with a variety of industry recognized partners," Noell said. “The BlackHawk® Tactical Gear, HydraStorm® and HellStorm™ business units will roll into the BlackHawk® Products Group™ management structure. The long term goal is to use BlackHawk® Products Group™ in an umbrella capacity to acquire 'best in class' goods and service companies that epitomize the BlackHawk® Mission Statement of top quality gear and superior customer service."

Noell added that BlackHawk® Products Group™ will also soon announce strategic alliances with several prominent companies within the tactical industry.“ Although not actually a part of BlackHawk® Products Group™, we feel that alliances with these key players are beneficial to both BlackHawk® and those using our equipment in the field”. Noell concluded by saying, “BlackHawk® has grown as a direct result of quality personnel and the tremendous loyalty and support shown by our dealers and end users. BlackHawk® Products Group™ was created to provide the means to respond to input from our customers and give them the best available products and services in the industry.”


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About BlackHawk® Products Group™
(formerly known as BlackHawk Industries, Inc.)

BlackHawk® Industries was founded in 1993 by President and CEO Mike Noell. BlackHawk® Industries is recognized as the world leader in suppling tactical equipment to the military and law enforcement markets. Having been trained as a Navy SEAL, Mike built a company dedicated to designing equipment for the preservation of life under the worst extremes. The mission at BlackHawk® is very clear:

“To design, manufacture and globally distribute the World’s Finest Gear to our Military and Law Enforcement Professionals. To enhance operator efficiency, confidence, and mission completion. To rule our industry with unparalleled DEDICATION to EXCELLENCE through TEAMWORK, PERFORMANCE and SERVICE.
To be the BEST- to WIN.”

Mike Noell knows first-hand what it means to lead, to be first, and the importance of being able to rely on the right equipment to accomplish the mission. Mike joined the U.S. Navy in 1987 and graduated boot camp as RCPO (Honor Man). He graduated from Quartermaster “A” School as Class Honor Man and graduated UDT/SEAL BUD/S class 156 as Honor Man and was the “Fire in the GUT” award winner. Mike is the first man in the history of SEAL training to receive both honors. He was later assigned to SEAL Team Eight where he deployed to Liberia, Africa and later deployed to Iraq. Mike volunteered and was assigned to Naval Special Warfare DEV-GRU. The same year Mike started BlackHawk® Industries,1993, he was the top qualifier for NSWDG CTC International Shooting Competition Team.

BlackHawk Industries, Inc.
4850 Brookside Court
Norfolk, VA 23502 U.S.A.
1-800-694-5263 Phone
(757) 436-3088 Fax

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