GoRescue Brands acquires Alabama life-saving training company: Shady Grove Tactical

(pictured above are L- Brady B. McLaughlin (CEO of GoRescue Brands), and R- Jacob Fannin (former owner of Shady Grove Tactical)

GoRescue Brands acquires Alabama life-saving training company: Shady Grove Tactical

Troy, AL – GoRescue Brands, Inc. is excited to announce the acquisition of Shady Grove Tactical, LLC, and the hiring of it’s owner, Jacob Fannin. 

Shady Grove Tactical was launched in 2015 by public safety and training professional Jacob Fannin to deliver Stop the Bleed, CPR, First Aid, and AED training across Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.  Based in the heart of the Wiregrass Region, Shady Grove Tactical trains individuals and corporations including Sister Schubert Rolls, Allied Universal, Troy University, and Kimber Manufacturing. 

Shady Grove Tactical has grown to become the largest provider of community CPR, AED, First Aid, and bleeding control training and products in southeast Alabama. 

Shady Grove Tactical’s clients will now be served by GoRescue.  Although the brand name Shady Grove Tactical will transition away, the same levels of personal service for existing clients will be fulfilled via GoRescue’s brands and customer service team. 

GoRescue’s strategic acquisition signals a strong commitment to the expanded delivery of lifesaving solutions to all areas of Alabama, a state which leads the country in deaths from sudden cardiac arrest and heart disease.  “Leveraging Jacob’s passion for CPR AED in the fight against sudden cardiac arrest will further enable GoRescue in achieving our vision ‘to deliver exceptional lifesaving solutions’,” shares Brady McLaughlin, CEO of GoRescue. 

GoRescue also hired Fannin full-time as a Regional Lifesaving Specialist to ensure a focused approach in fulfilling the needs of clients across the region, McLaughlin said. 

Fannin brings an unparalleled passion for seeing lifesaving products and training pushed far and wide to as many people and organizations as possible.  His professional experience includes nearly two decades of service with the City of Troy involving public safety and risk management.  He holds three professional health, safety, and risk management designations in addition to dozens of certificates in emergency response, public health, fire & rescue, instructor development, and special response areas. 

In 2018, Fannin also worked with Alabama Governor Kay Ivey’s office to officially recognize Stop the Bleed week in May of each year statewide.  Fannin served as the Alabama Stop the Bleed Coordinator responsible for training hundreds of citizens on how to treat the #2 cause of preventable death:  uncontrolled bleeding. 

About GoRescue Brands, Inc.

Founded in 1997, GoRescue Brands, Inc. is a family of five lifesaving brands each focused on preparing people to save lives every day.  GoRescue specializes in the full deployment of lifesaving products, services, and training for individuals and organizations. 

  • Stop Heart Attack | AEDs and accessories, including ALS medical devices
  • Trio Safety CPR+AED | CPR, First Aid, and advanced lifesaving training
  • Bleeding Control Kits | specialized bleeding control kits and solutions
  • AED365 | full-service AED program management and medical direction
  • Lifesaving Summit | dynamic conference to propel the lifesaving industry

GoRescue employs nearly a dozen full-time team members based in our Birmingham, Huntsville, and Montgomery offices across Alabama.  Every year, GoRescue serves tens of thousands of clients with life-saving training and products, making GoRescue the #1 provider of lifesaving solutions in Alabama. 

Executive Leadership

  • Floyd Larkin – President
  • Brady McLaughlin – CEO
  • Malynda McLaughlin, VP

Inc. Magazine Includes GoRescue on Its Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies – the Inc. 5000

Inc. Magazine Includes GoRescue on Its Annual List of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies - the Inc. 5000

Alabama Business GoRescue Brands, Inc., Ranks No. 4090 on the 2020 Inc. 5000 With Three-Year Revenue Growth of 84 Percent

BIRMINGHAM, AL, NOVEMBER 5, 2020Inc. magazine revealed that GoRescue Brands, Inc. is No. 4090 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“As an Alabama-based small business, we are humbled and honored to receive such a distinguished honor,” says Brady B. McLaughlin, CEO.  “Our team shows up every day help our clients be better prepared to save lives – and this recognition is dedicated to them:  our team and our clients,” he shared.  GoRescue Brands, Inc., was founded in 1997 by Floyd Larkin as the President and now consists of five brands:  Stop Heart Attack, Trio Safety CPR+AED, BleedingControlKits.com, AED365, and the Lifesaving Summit.  Malynda McLaughlin serves as the Vice President. 

Not only have the companies on the 2020 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists as well. The 2020 Inc. 5000 achieved an incredible three-year average growth of over 500 percent, and a median rate of 165 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $209 billion in 2019, accounting for over 1 million jobs over the past three years. 

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000. The top 500 companies were also featured in the September issue of Inc.

“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 come from nearly every realm of business,” says Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk. “From health and software to media and hospitality, the 2020 list proves that no matter the sector, incredible growth is based on the foundations of tenacity and opportunism.”

CONTACT:   Brady B. McLaughlin, CEO | Brady@GoRescue.com | 866-259-3569

More about GoRescue Brands, Inc.

Go [goh] – to move or proceed, especially towards something.

Rescue [res-kyoo] – the act of saving someone from a dangerous situation.

GoRescue Brands, Inc., is a family of five life-saving brands each focused on preparing people to save lives everyday in the public access life-saving space.  GoRescue Brands, Inc. (formerly Educational Associates of Alabama, Inc.) was launched in 1997 in Birmingham, AL, with the aim of delivering lifesaving products and training to clients in need.

Over the years the original brand – Stop Heart Attack – grew into four additional divisions.  Lives have been saved and innovation remains at the forefront of GoRescue.  Today, GoRescue operates nationwide with five brands – each focused uniquely on a specific core competency necessary to help our clients achieve readiness in emergency preparedness. 

Stop Heart Attack | AEDs and accessories

Trio Safety CPR+AED | CPR, First Aid, and advanced lifesaving training

Bleeding Control Kits | specialized bleeding control kits and solutions

AED365 | full-service AED program management and medical direction

Lifesaving Summit | dynamic conference to propel the lifesaving industry

More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000

 
METHODOLOGY

The 2020 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2016 and 2019. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2016. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2019. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2016 is $100,000; the minimum for 2019 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.