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Defense contract awarded to Source One Tactical

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Source One Tactical, a military and tactical gear supplier founded in 2003, located in Wellington, Florida, has been awarded a $10 billion contract from the Defense Logistics Agency. According to the Defense Logistics Agency, 20 companies bid for the overall contract and the other companies receiving similar contracts were: Tactical & Survival Specialties of Harrisonburg, Virginia, W.S. Darley & Co. of Itasca, Illinois, ADS, Inc., of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Federal Resources Supply Co. of Stevensville, Maryland, and Quantico Tactical of Aberdeen, North Carolina.

The Defense Logistics Agency is the Department of Defense's largest logistics combat support agency, providing worldwide logistics support in both peacetime and wartime, to the military service as well as several civilian agencies and foreign countries.

Mark Llano, a Marine veteran, is the founder and chief executive officer of Source One Tactical. The company provides tactical gear, weapons and other supplies primarily to the military and law enforcement. Mr. Llano categorized the contract as, “Critical to the health of the company. It will position Source One Tactical for additional military and government contracts. I wanted to support the men and women fighting in the field for the United States. I found a niche for tactical gear and saw an opportunity to set up a company that offered value, not just in pricing but in quality customer service. ”

The revenue of the company fell by more than 30 percent from year end 2012 to year in 2013, due in large part to the sequestration and government furloughs. This contract is a welcomed gain for the Source One Tactical, an employer of 34 people with the recent addition of three new sales positions all filled by military veterans.

In addition providing service to the military and law enforcement, the client list of Source One Tactical includes, but is not limited to, Wackenhut, L-3, BAE Systems, LC Industries, Blackwater and General Dynamics.

In 2007, Mr. Llano received the Sun-Sentinel “Excalibur Award” for Small Business leader in Palm Beach County.

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