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ATK acquires security market firm Blackhawk

Alliant Techsystems has purchased Blackhawk Industries Products Group Unlimited, one of the most recognizable brands in the rapidly expanding security market.

Headquartered in Norfolk, Va., Blackhawk provides a comprehensive portfolio of industry-leading, high-quality tactical gear. The company operates manufacturing facilities in North Carolina, Montana and Idaho.

The acquisition of Blackhawk, combined with the recent acquisition of Eagle Industries, strengthens ATK’s position in tactical accessories and equipment for domestic and international military, law enforcement, security, and sport enthusiast markets, according to a release. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

President and CEO Mark DeYoung said the buyout supports the strategy of expanding into adjacent lanes, adding to the company’s existing core competencies. ATK is a global aerospace and defense company with more than 18,000 employees in 22 states, Puerto Rico and internationally, and revenues in excess of $4.8 billion.

He said Blackhawk provides ATK with a leading tactical systems brand, an expanded portfolio of quality products, and additional design and development expertise for innovative tactical accessories and increases the company’s presence in domestic and international security.

Since its inception in 1993, Blackhawk has become one of the most widely recognized brands for tactical, military, and law enforcement equipment. Blackhawk and ATK’s existing tactical accessories business will become a division of ATK’s recently formed Security and Sporting group.

“From the very beginning we have prospered by delivering on our promise to provide law enforcement, military, and security professionals with the highest quality products to help them effectively do their jobs in service to the nation,” said Blackhawk President and founder Mike Noell in a release. “ATK shares our vision and we look forward to what our two great companies can do together.”


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