|[April 23, 2012]
"We Save Lives": Critical Solutions International Expands U.S. Headquarters in Carrollton, Texas
CARROLLTON, Texas --(Business Wire)--
Heralding the expansion of its U.S. headquarters and remembering fallen
heroes, Critical Solutions International (CSI (News - Alert)) today announced that it
will conduct intensive research of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
at its Texas facility as well as expanding its parts inventory,
logistics, and training footprint.
Congressman Kenny Marchant (R-Coppell) of the 24th District of Texas and Critical Solutions International (CSI) CEO Michael McCormack display a U.S. flag flown over Camp Dwyer in Afghanistan. CSI announced today it is expanding its U.S. headquarters and conducting intensive research of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to better protect U.S. troops and allies in the Middle East. CSI is the exclusive provider of the Husky Vehicle Mounted Mine Detector to the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps. The Husky operates out of Camp Dwyer. (Photo: Business Wire)
CSI is the exclusive provider of the Husky Vehicle Mounted Mine Detector
to the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps, which has proven to be the most
durable, survivable vehicle in the Department of Defense's wheeled
fleet. The Husky has been involved in more than 6,500 blast events in
Iraq and Afghanistan, with only minimal operator injuries.
"The bottom line: We save lives. That is our daily mission. We know
every time we put a Husky or another one of our mine detector vehicles
in service that our men and women in uniform are going to be depending
on it," said CEO Michael McCormack, a West Point graduate whose company
is mostly comprised of military veterans. "We are proud to call Texas
home, and we completely admire and appreciate our State's long tradition
of patriotism and spirit of independence combined with its robust
The recently-expanded 29,000-square-foot facility in Carrollton will
mean additional job growth opportunities for the city and the North
Texas economy. Currently, the facility is home to 35 employees.
"I could not be more proud to have CSI in myDistrict and to support
them as they continue to find new ways to combat the number one killer
of Coalition Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Congressman Kenny
Marchant (R-Coppell), who represents the 24th Congressional
District of Texas. "CSI's technology did not exist for the U.S. military
when we began these fights for freedom and against terrorism more than a
decade ago. Now, the company's lifesaving technology is allowing us to
go deeper into enemy territory and find those terrorists who are
severely disrupting the lives and economies of ordinary citizens who
wish to be free."
The U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps are CSI's primary customers for the
Husky and have ordered more than 1,000 vehicles since 2004. The
governments of Canada, Australia and Kenya have purchased Husky systems
for their military route clearance teams. By 2008, the Husky vehicle had
proven itself as the most survivable vehicle in the U.S. military's
wheeled fleet, leading route clearance convoys with its ground
penetrating radars, sophisticated sensors, and heavily armored vehicle
cab to protect drivers and operators.
"IEDs are an enduring threat and are going to confront us operationally
for decades," said Lieutenant General Michael Babero, the Joint IED
Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) Director.
To keep up with evolving threats, CSI is championing the development of
a two-occupant variant of the legacy Husky MKIII. In addition to
expanding the Husky's capabilities, a second occupant will unburden the
driver from sensor operations and extend mission duration. Recently
recognized as a "Top 10 Military Invention" by the U.S. Army Material
Command, the deployment of the 2G Husky by U.S. and NATO forces is the
next evolutionary step in enhancing counter IED measures.
Following today's expansion ceremony featuring a ribbon cutting with
Congressman Marchant, McCormack and CSI Board Directors, CSI's Iwo Jima
Conference Room was dedicated to three U.S. servicemen who lost their
lives in combat conditions operating the Husky. A plaque was unveiled
memorializing their names:
SGT Robert W. Crow, Jr. / Army National Guard/ 203rd
Engineer Battalion/ Joplin, MO
SGT Denis Kisseloff / Army National Guard/ 1141st Engineer
Company/ Kansas City, MO
PFC Adam L. Marion / Army National Guard/ 171st Engineer
Company/ Saint Pauls, NC
A framed U.S. flag flown at Camp Dwyer in Afghanistan was also
commemorated in the room honoring the heroes. Camp Dwyer is a Marine
Corps base and airfield used to forward-deploy and support Husky
vehicles in the dangerous Helmand River Valley.
"Every time we meet in this room we will remember these heroes and the
reason we are in business," McCormack told employees and invited guests.
CSI's Texas expansion plans in Carrollton include expanding
security/protection technology research and warehousing capabilities
while becoming the distribution and logistics hub for North American
customers. Within 36 months, CSI will have manufacturing capabilities to
allow full production of defense and security technologies developed
CSI has been a consistent resource to the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine
Corps for the successful acquisition, testing, development, and
production of numerous mine-detection vehicles and systems. Through
these efforts, CSI has become a world leader in Land Mine and UXO
detection, as well as ballistic and blast protected vehicles. CSI
continues to support the U.S. countermine and humanitarian demining
community with special purpose ballistic and blast protected systems
designed for detection, clearing, land mine neutralization, and
ballistic and blast protected troop transport/personnel carriers. The
privately-held corporation is led by a team of U.S. military veterans.
More information is available at: www.c-s-i.com.
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