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Spanos Barber Jesse & Co. and Generations Management Acquire Armor Express
July 10, 2015
San Francisco, CA: Spanos Barber Jesse & Co. (“SBJ”), a San Francisco Bay Area and Dallas based private investment firm, announced today that it has acquired Central Lake Armor Express (“Armor Express” or the “Company”) in partnership with Generations Management (“Generations”), a family office based in Traverse City, Michigan.

Headquartered in Central Lake, Michigan, Armor Express designs, develops, manufactures and distributes a full line of high performance hard and soft body armor, helmets and other accessories for law enforcement, military, correctional and other tactical personnel. The brand is built on over 40 years of heritage and has a reputation for superior performance, comfort and service with its customers and network of distributors.

“All of us at Armor Express are thrilled to be partnering with SBJ and Generations as we enter this new phase of growth,” said Matt Davis, Founder & CEO of Armor Express. “We are well positioned to continue expanding the business while delivering the highest quality body armor and other public safety products to our customers.”

“Armor Express has a tremendous opportunity to leverage its unmatched brand heritage to continue growing across all of its channels of distribution while delivering these critical products that protect the people who protect us,” said Tom Barber, Managing Director at SBJ. “We are excited to partner with Matt Davis, the Armor Express team and Generations Management at this important inflection point for the Company.”

Keith Nielson, Principal at Generations Management, added, “This investment is particularly meaningful to us, as we have followed the Company’s success for many years, and are proud to participate in an acquisition that will keep manufacturing jobs in Northern Michigan.”


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