From Local Virginia Beach Dive Shop to Leading U.S. Defense Contractor

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. April 25, 2017 – Few would have expected a business that began in a small trailer behind the Lynnhaven Dive Center would one day emerge as a leading U.S. Defense contractor. But at ADS, some 400 employees are celebrating twenty years of providing the men and women of the armed forces with critical equipment to get their jobs done safely and effectively. That is a mission near and dear to the ADS team.

We are proud to celebrate two decades of commitment to our customers. That commitment is the reason a small business grew into a major economic driver locally and a force on the global stage. But this isn’t the end of the story. In many ways, it’s just the beginning.”
-Jason Wallace, ADS CEO

In 1997, ADS began outfitting Navy SEALs with wet suits in the back of the Virginia Beach based Lynnhaven Dive Center. Today, that business has become one of the nation’s leading equipment, procurement, and support providers to the U.S. military, law enforcement, first responders, and the defense industry.

The ADS story is a great one because it has always been about taking care of the people who serve our country. It is a reminder of why we do what we do every day,” said Wallace.

The company’s 20th year is already proving to be another big one:

  • More than one third of ADS employees are veterans. ADS offers some of the nation’s strongest job opportunities, hiring practices and retention programs for military service members transitioning to civilian employment. That practice earned ADS a coveted 2017 Military Friendly® Employer designation by Victory Media.
  • This year, ADS will once again host the industry’s premier product and training events in San Diego and Virginia Beach. Warrior Expo West in San Diego (April 19-20) and Warrior Expo East in Virginia Beach (July 13-14) will each boost their local tourism economies by attracting more than 250 industry-leading exhibitors and 3,000 attendees.
  • Through Mission Give Back, ADS continues to support local efforts by organizations such as the USO, Habitat for Humanity and the Wounded Warriors Project, who help our nation’s military, veterans and first-responders and their families.
“Twenty years of service is an accomplishment worth celebrating, but you won’t see us slowing down. We have customers around the world who are counting on us,” said Wallace. “We never forget that.”

About ADS, Inc.
ADS, Inc. is a leading value-added logistics and supply chain solutions provider that proudly serves all branches of the U.S. Military, federal, state and local government organizations, law enforcement agencies, first responders, partner nations, and the defense industry. Headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA, ADS is a Top 50 Department of Defense Contractor focused on solving our customers’ challenges by providing the best product and service offerings, the broadest array of procurement options, and legendary customer service.

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