Opens second BKR 5000 production line at its West Melbourne, Florida manufacturing facility
WEST MELBOURNE, FL / July 26, 2022 / BK Technologies Corporation (NYSE American: BKTI) today announced that it has received six purchase orders for a total value of approximately $8.9 million from the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service (USFS) for its KNG mobile and BKR 5000 portable communications technology. The purchase orders are part of the Company’s 5-year Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, announced in May 2021, and reflect the agency’s commitment to its lifecycle replacement program designed to migrate to newer, more effective portable communications platforms.
John Suzuki, CEO of BK Technologies commented, “We’re pleased to continue our strong relationship with the USFS as they continue to upgrade their mobile equipment and technology with our BR 5000 portable communications platform. The USFS is committed to ensuring the safety and efficiency of their personnel tasked with wild land fire prevention and fire rescue across vast landscapes, and our BKR 5000 plays a pivotal role providing reliable communications capabilities in rugged environments. In addition to providing durable and consistent communications technology, the BKR 5000 is compatible with legacy radios and equipment, as the agency conducts a system-wide transition. We look forward to continuing to support the USFS with our state-of-the-art communications platform and equipment.”
The United States Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that administers the nation’s 154 national forests and 20 national grasslands. The Forest Service manages 193 million acres of land.
Additionally, the Company announced that effective July 1, 2022 it has opened a second production line for the BKR 5000 at its manufacturing facility in West Melbourne, Florida.
“We continue to see tremendous market demand for our BKR 5000, and I am pleased to announce the opening of a second BKR 5000 production line. With the new line up and running, the combined daily total production capacity significantly ramps our production capabilities,” Mr. Suzuki continued. “The BK operations team has been working around the clock to secure the components and material needed to meet the higher than expected demand from our first responder customers. The second production line is expected to alleviate much of the BKR 5000 backlog during the balance of the year and we anticipate the second production line positions us well to efficiently meet future demand.”
About BK Technologies
BK Technologies Corporation manufactures high-specification, American-made communications equipment of unsurpassed reliability and value for use by public safety professionals and government agencies. BK Technologies is honored to serve these heroes with reliable equipment when every moment counts. The Company’s common stock trades on the NYSE American market under the symbol “BKTI”. Maintaining its headquarters in West Melbourne, Florida, BK Technologies can be contacted through its web site at www.bktechnologies.com or directly at 1-800-821-2900.
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the “Safe Harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements concern the Company’s operations, economic performance, and financial condition, including, but not limited to, statements regarding the Company’s long-term strategic plan, and are based largely on the Company’s beliefs and expectations. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance, or achievements of the Company, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors and risks, some of which have been, and may further be, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, include, among others, the following: changes or advances in technology; the success of our land mobile radio product line; disruption in the global supply chain creating delays, unavailability and adverse conditions; successful introduction of new products and technologies, including our ability to successfully develop and sell our anticipated new multiband product and other related products in the planned new BKR Series product line; competition in the land mobile radio industry; general economic and business conditions, including federal, state and local government budget deficits and spending limitations, any impact from a prolonged shutdown of the U.S. Government, and the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; the availability, terms and deployment of capital; reliance on contract manufacturers and suppliers; risks associated with fixed-price contracts; heavy reliance on sales to agencies of the U.S. Government and our ability to comply with the requirements of contracts, laws and regulations related to such sales; allocations by government agencies among multiple approved suppliers under existing agreements; our ability to comply with U.S. tax laws and utilize deferred tax assets; our ability to attract and retain executive officers, skilled workers and key personnel; our ability to manage our growth; our ability to identify potential candidates for, and to consummate, acquisition, disposition or investment transactions, and risks incumbent to being a non controlling interest stockholder in a corporation; impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the companies in which the Company holds investments; impact of our capital allocation strategy; risks related to maintaining our brand and reputation; impact of government regulation; impact of rising health care costs; our business with manufacturers located in other countries, including changes in the U.S. Government and foreign governments’ trade and tariff policies, as well as any further impact resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic; our inventory and debt levels; protection of our intellectual property rights; fluctuation in our operating results and stock price; acts of war or terrorism, natural disasters and other catastrophic events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic; any infringement claims; data security breaches, cyber-attacks and other factors impacting our technology systems; availability of adequate insurance coverage; maintenance of our NYSE American listing; risks related to being a holding company; and the effect on our stock price and ability to raise equity capital of future sales of shares of our common stock. Certain of these factors and risks, as well as other risks and uncertainties, are stated in more detail in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021, and in the Company’s subsequent filings with the SEC. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release, and the Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements.
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