Man­teca’s new­est re­tail ven­ture: 5.11 Tac­ti­cal store

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Man­teca now has a store that you’ll only find in 46 other cities that in­clude the likes of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Hous­ton, Las Ve­gas, Honolulu, Colorado Springs, and Sacra­mento.

It’s a 5.11 Tac­ti­cal re­tail store and it opened for business within the past month on the north­ern end of the firm’s new 404,657-square-foot dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter at 3201 Air­port Way.

The firm is plan­ning a “door breach­ing” event on Fri­day, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m. as part of their grand open­ing event. There will be give­aways

for the first 70 adults in line, free gifts with pur­chase and 20 per­cent off en­tire pur­chase dur­ing the grand open­ing week­end. There also will be free food and re­fresh­ments.

The store is open Mon­day through Satur­day from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

I’ll ad­mit I’ve al­ready dropped a few dol­lars there or­der­ing Ca­ble Hiker Boots. If they are any­thing like the 5.11 Tac­ti­cal shorts I bought for hik­ing last year from one of their deal­ers — Cres­cent Work & Out­door in Modesto — it will be money well spent.

Nearby stores that carry 5.11 Tac­ti­cal cloth­ing and equip­ment in­clude the Man­teca Bass Pro Shops, Code 3 Wear in Lin­coln Cen­ter in Stock­ton as well as We­ber Point Uni­forms in Stock­ton, and the Work World lo­ca­tions in Modesto and Stock­ton.

There are seven 5.11 Tac­ti­cal re­tail lo­ca­tions in Cal­i­for­nia with the near­est be­sides the Man­teca store in Sacra­mento and Fresno.

The new dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter com­bined ex­ist­ing ware­houses in the area to help keep 217 re­gional jobs that were moved to Man­teca in­stead of other lo­cales they were scout­ing in the Mid­west.

The Man­teca lo­ca­tion al­lowed the firm to stay in the San Joaquin Val­ley close to crit­i­cal trans­porta­tion in­fra­struc­ture to sup­port the firm’s global clien­tele that need gear im­me­di­ately. The new lo­ca­tion stream­lined 5.11 Tac­ti­cal lo­gis­tics and gives it the abil­ity to ex­pand by 134,500 square feet.

They of­fer more than 900 prod­ucts with more than 13,000 dis­tinct types of items for sale. The firm’s prod­ucts run the gamut from cloth­ing, gloves, boots, hol­sters, knives, watches, and slings, to packs. Their prod­ucts are used by law en­force­ment, pri­vate mil­i­tary con­trac­tors, the Armed Forces, and civil­ian cus­tomers rang­ing from shoot­ers and hun­ters to hik­ers and back­pack­ers.

The roots of 5.11 Tac­ti­cal run deep in the 209. The firm traces its name and mis­sion back to 1968 to an en­ter­prise founded by mountain climber Royal Rob­bins of Modesto. Dur­ing a climb in Yosemite Na­tional Park be re­al­ized the pants he was wear­ing were not suit­able for climb­ing. So he de­cided to come up with is own pants that had bet­ter func­tion and dura­bil­ity and added them to a com­pany he owned that was pro­duc­ing boots and cloth­ing.

Rob­bins also is cred­ited with de­vis­ing the Yosemite Dec­i­mal Sys­tem that is fa­mil­iar to se­ri­ous hik­ers, rock scram­blers and mountain climbers.

Class 1 is basic hik­ing where hik­ing boots are a good idea and the odds of in­jury are low.

Class 2 in­volves some sim­ple rock scram­bling with some hands needed oc­ca­sional to cover ter­rain. The dan­ger level is low and hik­ing boots are highly rec­om­mended.

Class 3 in­volves scram­bling with hand­holds nec­es­sary. Falls can be fa­tal.

Class 4 is sim­ple climb­ing of­ten with rope. Falls may be fa­tal.

Class 5 cov­ers tech­ni­cal roped free climb­ing. Un-roped falls can re­sult in se­vere in­jury or dealt. The class is fur­ther bro­ken down from 5.0 to 5.15c to de­scribe free moves that be­come more dif­fi­cult,

Class 6 is re­served for aided climb­ing.

Class 5.11 is the high­est rock climb­ing difficulty in Yosemite Na­tional Park hence the 5.11 Tac­ti­cal name.

By 1999 Robins’ pants were be­com­ing po­plar at the FBI Academy in Quan­tico.

Rob­bins sold the com­pany in 2002 to Dan Costa who el­e­vated 5.11 Tac­ti­cal brand to the com­pany’s name as he started shap­ing the firm into the go-to place for those need­ing spe­cial­ized equip­ment for first re­spon­der and mil­i­tary tasks. Man­teca’s cur­rent wa­ter bills are still

due on the 15th A few peo­ple were a bit star­tled to see that the City of Man­teca Facebook page on Fri­day posted that you had to make your mu­nic­i­pal util­ity bill — wa­ter, sewer, and garbage — by the 10th or face hav­ing ser­vice dis­con­nec­tion.

Fi­nance Di­rec­tor Jeri Te­jeda noted Mon­day that two key words were left out “past due” that were sub­se­quently added to the post to clar­ify it

Cur­rent bills are still due the 15th as al­ways. Past due bills must be paid by the 10th or dis­con­nec­tion will oc­cur.

The city has be­come pro­fi­cient at pre­vent­ing peo­ple from skip­ping on their util­ity bills. Af­ter it reached a high of $261,854 in 2010 — up from a pre-Great Re­ces­sion level of $87,945 in 2008 — the fi­nance depart­ment in­sti­tuted changes such as re­quir­ing copies of rental agree­ments and such to deter­mine who is rent­ing. That avoided peo­ple pulling such stunts as claim­ing the pre­vi­ous renter had moved out when the city tried to col­lect delin­quent bills. Other mea­sures also were put in place to re­turn the delin­quency rate close to pre-re­ces­sion lev­els.

Of the 23,000 ac­counts the City of Man­teca ser­vices less than 1 per­cent of charges have to be writ­ten off in a given year as be­ing un­col­lectable.

Pay­ments can be made on­line at­, over the phone, by mail, in per­son or dropped in the drop box at City Hall.

For those ask­ing on Facebook why the city doesn’t have an app to al­low pay­ments to be made that way, Man­teca is work­ing on it. The city soft­ware doesn’t cur­rently al­low for Pay­Pal. Te­jeda said they are work­ing on a few up­grades to the phone pay­ment sys­tem that may al­low pay­ment via an app in the fu­ture. The ear­li­est that could take place is some­time in early 2019 of not later.

To con­tact Den­nis Wy­att, email dwy­att@man­te­cab­ul­

DEN­NIS WY­ATT/The Bul­letin

The new­est 5.11 Tac­ti­cal re­tail lo­ca­tion is in Man­teca at 3201 N. Air­port Way on the north­east cor­ner of the firm’s new 404,657-square-foot dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter. A grand open­ing “door breach­ing” is planned for Fri­day, Sept. 21.

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