April 23, 2004
Armor Holdings, Inc. Acquires ODV, Inc, Expanding its Forensic Science Capabilities
For Immediate Release
Jacksonville, FL – Armor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AH), a leading manufacturer and supplier of security products, safety equipment and armor systems serving law enforcement, corrections, military, homeland defense and commercial markets, announced that it has acquired ODV, Inc. of South Paris, Maine. A 35-year old, family-owned manufacturer and distributor of forensic products, ODV will become part of the Armor Holdings Products Division’s Armor Forensics group, adding its brand names of Narcotest™ and NarcoPouch™ to an extensive product line up.
Armor Forensics, one of the most progressive companies in the forensic science field offers products and services from NIK®, Lightning Powder Company®, Identicator® and Evi-Paq™ among others.
“We are pleased to offer our forensics customers the additional product lines of ODV,” said Steve Croskrey, President and CEO of Armor Holdings Products Division. “ODV's business will be moved from South Paris, Maine to Armor Forensics' Jacksonville, Florida facility, and as part of a larger entity, ODV will be more able to make improvements in products and services for all of our customers.”
“Key members of the ODV team will be joining us in Jacksonville,” said Jim Seidel, General Manager of Armor Forensics, “including Larry Dow, who has served as the president of ODV and Jerry Kramper, ODV’s sales manager. We anticipate a smooth transition as we integrate ODV into our Armor Forensics family.”
About Armor Holdings
Armor Holdings, included in FORBES magazine’s list of “200 Best Small Companies” in 2002 and 2003, and a member of the S&P Smallcap 600 Index, is a leading manufacturer of security products for law enforcement personnel around the world through its Armor Holdings Products division, is a top supplier of human safety and survival systems to all branches of the U.S. military and major aerospace and defense prime contractors through its Aerospace & Defense Group and is one of the world’s largest and most experienced passenger vehicle armoring manufacturers through its Mobile Security division. Armor Holdings Products manufactures and sells a broad range of high quality branded law enforcement equipment. Such products include ballistic resistant vests and tactical armor, less-lethal munitions, safety holsters, batons, anti-riot products and a variety of crime scene related equipment, including narcotic identification kits. Armor Holdings Aerospace & Defense Group is a manufacturer and supplier of military helicopter seating systems, aircraft and land vehicle armor systems, protective equipment for military personnel and technologies used to protect humans in a variety of life-threatening or catastrophic situations. The Group is the prime contractor to the U.S. military for the supply of armoring and blast protection for High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicles, commonly known as HMMWVs. Armor Holdings Mobile Security armors a variety of vehicles for the commercial market, including limousines, sedans, sport utility vehicles, and money transport vehicles, to protect against varying degrees of ballistic and blast threats.