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November 3, 2015
Doesn’t Recommend
Negative Outlook
I worked at American Defense Systems: Pros: Mission was important. Company was successful in the early years when there was no competition. Accounting team was amazing on what they had to do. Cons: Too many personnel changes at critical times. Company wouldn’t advertise, hoping its past performance would carry them. Engineering had no original thoughts or ability to create new concepts which was suppose to be a strength. Company has done disappearing act in last couple of years ignoring shareholders.


June 12, 2015
“ADSI – a real shame”
Chief Engineer in Williston Park, NY
Doesn’t Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO. I worked at American Defense Systems for more than 10 years. Pros: Some of the most interesting and rewarding work I’ve done in my career. Many talented and dedicated employees at the lower levels. Ample opportunity for travel. Cons: Upper management was absolutely useless at finding and bidding on new business. Couldn’t make a profit because they had absolutely no idea what their operating expenses were. Company was extremely management top heavy. Numerous dead weight employees getting paid to do nothing. Employees who worked the hardest were rewarded the least. Upper management constantly lied to vendors, customers, and employees.

January 9, 2014
“Business & Marketing Lead”
Current Employee – Business Development & Marketing Consultant in North Atlanta, GA
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO
I have been working at American Defense Systems full-time for more than 3 years. Pros: New business development, Networking, Sales, Negotiating contracts. Cons: Not enough compensation, government budget cuts,ObamaCare


January 13, 2013
American Defense Systems Logo
“adsi culture at long island new york”
Former Employee – Administrative in Hicksville, NY
Doesn’t Recommend
Negative Outlook
I worked at American Defense Systems full-time for more than 3 years. Pros: Important job supporting Soldiers globally. Cons: Company is in chaos changing all senior people

source: https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/American-Defense-Systems-Reviews-E651248.htm

AMERICAN DEFENSE SYSTEMS INC

• HICKSVILLE, NY

source: https://whalewisdom.com/filer/american-defense-systems-inc

American Defense Systems is based out of Hicksville. American Defense Systems, Inc. (ADSI) provides customized transparent and opaque armor solutions for tactical and non-tactical transport vehicles and construction equipment used by the military in the United States. It engages in the research and development, design and engineering, fabrication, and component integration; and provides subject matter experts in engineering, ballistics, government contracts, program management, and logistics.

The company’s products include crew protection kits for armor protection of operator compartments; VistaSteel transparent armor that provides a defensive barrier to protect against firearms, physical attack, and explosive blasts; VistaSteel opaque armor installed on various military vehicles to form up-armor or add-on armor kits; VistaGuard windows, which are forced entry blast resistant windows, window frames, and transparent armor assemblies used to mitigate forced entry, ballistic, and terrorist threats; forced entry blast resistant curtain wall; mobile ballistic shield, a bullet-resistant transparent mobile shield used in hostage negotiation and other hostile situations; and trans-barrier system, a transparent armor shield to provide ballistic and blast protection.

ADSI also offers heated ballistic ship windows; proprietary hardware, including hinges, rotary and slam latch, combat lock, and egress window; T2 ballistic range, a live fire interactive training range system to provide training to war fighters or law enforcement personnel; handheld, lightweight police shields; and lightweight combat helmet with ballistic resistance.

The company serves military, government, law enforcement, detention and security industry, and correctional agencies, as well as private sector. It also operates a retail outlet carrying body armor, tactical nylon products, weapons, ammunition, weapons parts and accessories, and other tactical gear. American Defense Systems, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Hicksville, New York.

Whalewisdom has at least 32 Form 4 filings The firm last filed a Form D notice of exempt offering of securities on 2013-10-10. The notice included securities offered of Equity,Option, Warrant or Other Right to Acquire Another Security,Security to be Acquired Upon Exercise of Option, Warrant or Other Right to Acquire Security>

American Defense Systems Inc
SEC SIC CODE:
3790-MISCELLANEOUS TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT

Hicksville Defense Contractor Moves to North Carolina

source: https://www.newsday.com/business/hicksville-defense-contractor-moves-to-north-carolina-1.2995992

By Joseph Mallia
June 30, 2011 11:59 AM

Photo: Anthony Piscitelli, chief executive of American Defense Systems Inc. (July 2009)

A Hicksville manufacturer of defense and law enforcement equipment, American Defense Systems Inc., said Thursday it is moving to North Carolina as a cost-cutting tactic aimed at saving $1.5 million a year with lower overhead along with cuts to staff and salaries.

“We have been proud to be one of the few remaining government defense contractors based on Long Island, however, it makes prudent financial sense for us to relocate our business to a significantly lower cost center in North Carolina,” Anthony Piscitelli, the chief executive, said in a news release.

“Our lower cost basis, particularly regarding logistics, will allow us to be that much more competitive in our bid processes and should translate to more contract wins.”

The company, listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol EAG, said its operations in Hicksville will cease as of Tuesday and it will reopen in Lillington, N.C., south of Raleigh.

ADSI’s product line includes “advanced solutions in the design, fabrication, and installation of transparent and opaque armor, security doors, windows and curtain wall systems for use by military, law enforcement, homeland defense and corporate customers.”

The company did not say how many jobs it has now, or how many it will eliminate.

Earlier this year ADSI was in the news when it said it entered a voluntary federal government program to certify that all its employees are authorized to work in the United States.

January, 2010

American Defense Systems, Inc. | blast resistant protection

RFI / RFQ
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CSI sections relating to blast resistant protection:

[08] Openings
08 34 53 Security Doors and Frames
08 56 00 Special Function Windows
08 88 56 Ballistics-Resistant Glazing


[13] Special Construction
13 47 00 Facility Protection
13 47 19 Blast Resistant Components*
13 47 13 Cathodic Protection

Source: https://www.arcat.com/arcatcos/cos46/arc46581.html

American Defense Systems creates bullet- and blast-resistant panels for inauguration

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Jan 20th, 2009

source: https://www.securityinfowatch.com/security-executives/protective-operations-guard-services/news/10492361/ny-company-provides-protective-panels-for-inauguration-security

Jan. 20–One of the layers of security protecting Barack Obama today as he’s sworn in as president and makes his first speech as chief executive will be bullet- and blast-resistant glass panels produced by American Defense Systems Inc. of Hicksville and arrayed around the podium.

Ordered by the Secret Service under a contract whose details and cost are classified, the panels are made of multiple layers of glass bonded with a proprietary substance, said Roger Ward, the company’s vice president of marketing and investor relations.

The panels are designed to both deflect the paths of — and absorb — projectiles, including bullets and fragments from explosives. “Obviously it can’t stop everything; it depends on what’s being thrown at it,” Ward said yesterday. “But, without question, I can state that the glass will stop [a round from] any handgun, and it will stop assault rifles. It will stop a lot.”

American Defense glass has protected Obama twice before during speeches, Ward said, while an earlier design of its panels surrounded President George W. Bush during his 2005 inauguration.

Founded in 2002 by its current chief executive, Tony Piscitelli, American Defense also makes traditional opaque armor, and its main business is supplying protective systems for operators of military construction equipment being used in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The company, whose shares are traded on the American Stock Exchange, employs about 90 people in Hicksville. In a statement Dec. 29, it forecast a 26 percent increase in revenues this year over last, to more than $52 million.

West Coast Asset Management, Inc. leads with $14 million investment

April 08, 2008 12:02 PM Eastern Daylight Time

source: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20080408006140/en/American-Defense-Systems-Secures-15-Million-Equity


HICKSVILLE, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–American Defense Systems, Inc., offering advanced solutions in the design, fabrication and installation of transparent and opaque armor, security doors, windows and curtain wall systems, announced today that the Company has secured $15 million in financing through a private placement of Series A Preferred Stock and Warrants with West Coast Opportunity Fund, LLC, managed by West Coast Asset Management, and Centaur Capital Partners.

American Defense Systems issued a total of 15,000 restricted shares of Series A Preferred Stock and Warrants at $1,000 per share. The Company indicated that it will use the funds to finance its growth plans, including the development of additional proprietary technologies, select acquisitions (ADSI has not entered into any definitive agreements with respect to any such future acquisitions) and other general purposes.

Mr. Anthony J. Piscitelli, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of American Defense Systems, Inc,, stated, “Our announcement today is a major milestone for ADSI as it further strengthens our balance sheet, providing enhanced financial flexibility and support for our long-term development as an innovator in the fields of armor and physical security. We are excited to have West Coast Asset Management and Centaur Capital Partners on board as new strategic investors to support the next stage of ADSI’s growth and development.”

Atticus Lowe, Chief Investment Officer of West Coast Asset Management commented, “We believe this investment in ADSI is a strong endorsement of the innovative technologies, people and profitable growth potential we see for ADSI as we look out to the future. As a designer and manufacturer of armor systems for premier military, government, law enforcement and corporate customers, ADSI has a proven track record of deploying leading edge solutions to protect its customers in the most challenging environments. With a strong management team at the helm, we are pleased to be supporting ADSI as they expand their customer base and product offerings.”

Founded in 2000 by Kinko’s founder Paul Orfalea and Lance Helfert, West Coast Asset Management provides exclusive equity and alternative asset management to high net worth individuals, institutions and charitable foundations through separately managed accounts and West Coast Opportunity Fund, LLC. Centaur Capital Partners is a Dallas-based value oriented investment management firm. Midtown Partners provided investment banking services on behalf of American Defense Systems in this transaction.

About American Defense Systems, Inc. (ADSI)

American Defense Systems, Inc. (ADSI) offers advanced solutions in the design, fabrication, and installation of transparent and opaque armor, security doors, windows and curtain wall systems for use by military, law enforcement, homeland defense and corporate customers. ADSI engineers also specialize in developing innovative, functional and aesthetically pleasing security applications for the mobile and fixed infrastructure physical security industry.

For more information about American Defense Systems, Inc. please visit the corporate Web site at http://www.adsiarmor.com.

Some of the statements made by American Defense Systems, Inc. (“ADSI”) in this press release, including, without limitation, statements regarding ADSI’s anticipated future growth, are forward-looking in nature. ADSI intends that any forward-looking statements shall be covered by the safe harbor provisions for such statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements that are predictive in nature, that depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, or that include words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continues” and similar expressions are forward-looking statements. ADSI cautions you that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of performance. ADSI undertakes no obligation and disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause ADSI’s actual future results to differ materially from those projected or contemplated in the forward-looking statements. ADSI believes that these risks include, but are not limited to: ADSI’s reliance on the U.S. government for a substantial amount of its sales and growth; decreases in U.S. government defense spending; ADSI’s ability to contract further with the U.S. Department of Defense; ADSI’s ability to comply with complex procurement laws and regulations; competition and other risks associated with the U.S. government bidding process; changes in the U.S. government’s procurement practices; ADSI’s ability to obtain and maintain required security clearances; ADSI’s ability to realize the full amount of revenues reflected in its backlog; ADSI’s reliance on certain suppliers; and intense competition and other risks associated with the defense industry in general and the security-related defense sector in particular. Additional information concerning these and other important risk factors can be found under the heading “Risk Factors” in ADSI’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, its registration statement on Form 10. Statements in this press release should be evaluated in light of these important factors.

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American Defense Systems supplies armor kits and ballistic shields for the military and law enforcement agencies, and provides architectural hardening for government and corporate buildings.

2008 Inc. 5000 Rank: # 696
Industry: Government Services
Location: Hicksville, NY
Founded: 2002

source: https://www.inc.com/profile/american-defense-systems