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Executive Director

Phone: (718) ***-****  HQ Phone
Crye Precision LLC
63 Flushing Ave Unit 252
Brooklyn , New York 11205
United States

Company Description: Crye Precision offers 2 complete lines of service apparel and related items such as helmet covers and hats. Crye offers some highly advanced designs and some more...   more

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We received this memo directly from ..., 18 Mar 2014 [cached]
We received this memo directly from Caleb Crye, executive director of Crye Precision and the designer of MultiCam.
Anyway you look at it, Crye hasn't said or done anything critical of the Army's effort. Until today.
Revealing the price of MultiCam without any context seems like a way to color opinion and portray Crye as a greedy contractor that is trying to cash in at the nation's expense.
Crye was advised by PM-CIE leadership via teleconference on May 1, 2013 that its submission had won the final program phase of the camouflage improvement effort, and that a formal announcement would be forthcoming.
Following the notification about winning phase IV from PM-CIE, Crye assumed that the Army would continue to take advantage of the already well-established manufacturing base for MultiCam® raw materials and end items, as it had been doing for years, as the Army does not currently license MultiCam® from Crye Precision, nor does it pay Crye Precision for its use.
Instead, Army representatives approached Crye to discuss the market's pricing of MultiCam® gear (such as uniforms) and told Crye that it would have to deliver "significant cost savings". Since Crye does not supply the Army's uniforms, Crye informed the Army that it, just like any other supplier deep in the supply chain, has no visibility on or ability to mandate the prices the government is charged by any of the uniform or gear makers. Crye agreed to do its part in the only way it could, which was by reducing already nominal fees it receives from its licensed fabric printers. Significantly, those fees represent only a very small part of the end-item cost and are deeply embedded in the supply chain (just as a fiber manufacturer or a dye provider is, for example.) Crye asked for nothing in return for offering this fee reduction. Crye's proposal, which offered the Army a path to achieve immediate cost savings, was rejected outright by the Army.
During negotiations with Crye, in October of 2013, the Army released a Justification and Approval (J&A) that it planned to issue MultiCam® as the Army's "principle camouflage pattern".
Continuing its efforts to reduce costs to the Army and in an attempt to eliminate the Army's concerns that MultiCam® was more expensive than UCP, Crye submitted several formal proposals which proved that the Army could procure MultiCam® gear at prices within 1% of UCP gear. Crye's proposals additionally showed that this could be accomplished with no upfront cost to the Army.
The Army rejected all of Crye's proposals and did not present any counter proposals, effectively saying that a proven increase in Soldier survivability was not worth a price difference of less than 1%.
The Army then requested that Crye provide a buyout price for MultiCam®. Crye advised the Army that a full buyout of MultiCam® was unnecessary, pointing to the fact that MultiCam® was readily available for competitive purchase and that the Army could simply continue its use of MultiCam® service-wide, with no new costs to the Army. In addition, Crye pointed out that this course of action would require Crye to cede quality and brand control to the Army, effectively undermining Crye's commercial market permanently. As such, this option would have required the buyout price to include the entire lifetime value of the MultiCam® brand, and would have been prohibitively expensive.
Crye declined to provide a buyout figure, which would have to be well into the tens of millions of dollars, because it was likely that any figure presented by Crye could be used out of context to misrepresent and mischaracterize Crye. It was only after continued requests from the Army, coupled with an acknowledgement from the Army that it fully understood that the cost would be in the tens of millions of dollars, and a promise that all information would be kept in strictest confidence, that Crye then agreed to provide a full valuation for the MultiCam® brand, along with a deeply discounted price to the Army for the buyout being requested.
As Crye predicted, and despite the Army's assurances to the contrary, Crye's offer was rejected outright by the Army. No official counter offers to any of Crye's proposals were ever provided to Crye by the Army.
Confidential information provided by Crye to the Army has been released out of context, in a manner that misrepresents Crye as having been unwilling to negotiate with the Army and help it find the cost savings it indicated was its goal.
South Willard, 10 Jan 2009 [cached]
Caleb Crye, the managing director of Crye Precision, said he had not seen any decline in demand for his security products, which include body armor for Navy Seals, flame-resistant uniforms for military officials and nape pads â€" Army helmet attachments that protect soldiers' spinal cords by covering the backs of their necks.
Business has been good enough, he said, to avoid layoffs and keep his 70 workers at the Navy Yard and 30 workers in New Jersey busy.
Army officials even tried to buy ... [cached]
Army officials even tried to buy the rights to MultiCam but rejected Crye's figure of $25 million, according to Caleb Crye, owner of Crye Precision. Army officials also balked at paying for "printing fees" the company receives on MultiCam - a small figure that amounts to about one percent of the 20 percent price hike uniform companies want to charge the Army for MultiCam, according to Crye.
In addition to Crye, the other finalists in the Army's Phase IV camouflage testing included ADS Inc., teamed with Hyperstealth, Inc.; Brookwood Companies Inc.; and Kryptek Inc.
And, ironically, in March 2013 the Army decided to drop the fifth finalist - a government pattern developed at the Army's Natick Soldier Systems Center. The pattern, known as Scorpion, was too similar to one of the industry submissions, Army officials said.
It's similar to MultiCam because Crye developed the pattern with the Army for its Objective Force Warrior program in 2012. He later made small adjustments to the pattern for trademark purposes and called it MultiCam.
Caleb Crye, principal of ..., 27 June 2007 [cached]
Caleb Crye, principal of Crye Associates, a firm specializing in public safety design, says he finds the C2's new look impressive."It sidesteps all the visual references to a gun.It's just what would work for this market."
There's a rub, though: A friendly design that appeals to buyers may be too sexy to intimidate potential attackers.Imagine the scenario suggested by the brochure: a lone female approached in a garage by a male assailant."If she pulls out a pink razor-looking thing, he's not going to perceive it as a threat," says Crye.
Crye, who claims "the most fundamental right you have is to defend your life," questions the "aesthetic dissonance" of the C2 on just those grounds."The utility of the object is not correlated to the appearance of the object," he says.
Crye currently operates in four ..., 18 May 2012 [cached]
Crye currently operates in four separate spaces at the Navy Yard, with 110 employees, and will now lease 80,000 square feet, consolidating multiple sites into one central location. Crye decided to expand in the Navy Yard after considering numerous options for consolidation and expansion, including New Jersey.
The company's expansion into the Green Manufacturing Center will create 100 new jobs over the next five years. Crye also has several commercial product lines under development; one uses locally recycled materials that are converted into fabrics.
"The Navy Yard has been exactly what our business needed to grow and we are thrilled that our future will remain here," said Caleb Crye, Executive Director of Crye Precision.
In addition, Crye has been awarded $1 million in Excelsior tax credits from Empire State Development through the New York State Consolidated Funding Application process. BNDYC has financed the balance of construction through the federal EB-5 program. Crye will expend approximately $9 million on their fit-out and equipment and Macro Sea will expend approximately $10 million.
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