Xtreme Investments Inc., a Birmingham-based investment group owned and operated by Landon Ash, has announced a merger with iK9, a comprehensive Canine Solutions provider for detection and service dogs, along with professional handler education based in Auburn.
IK9 will continue to perform its existing contracts and partnerships, such as the partnership with the Auburn University Research and Technology Foundation (ARTF). The partnership provides operational background with grounded scientific theory and practice to use and train K9 units to detect hand-carried or body-worn explosives. Together, they are on the front lines of protecting Americans against the threat of terror by providing cutting-edge solutions for the modern world, Xtreme Investments said in a press release.
“IK9 is a great company currently providing K9s to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency – DARPA, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Transportation Security Administration as well as many other government and private organizations. I’m excited to be spending more time in Auburn in the coming months with this company bringing it in the Xtreme family,” Ash said in the release.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to acquire one of the most respected providers of highly trained detection and service dogs in the canine industry,” Ash said.
He added that iK9, combined with a world-class training facility in Anniston owned and operated by Xtreme Concepts Inc., another company owned by Ash, will allow the company to provide an unparalleled level of training to its customers. “Our relationship with top-tier educational institutions like Auburn University and Jacksonville State University will continue to allow us to innovate and develop new techniques and technologies to invest in the bright young minds here in the state of Alabama.”
IK9 will allow the company to expand its reach and provide a greater amount of K9 services for federal, state, and local entities, as well as private groups interested in K9 security solutions, he said.
“This merger will allow Mr. Ash to grow and expand their K9 services, as well as help his non-profit provide a greater number of emotional support and service K9s at no cost to military members in need,” the release said. “The 1st Foundation is already a non-profit leader in finding retired military working dogs and contract working dogs a home, as well as help military and law enforcement families. The mission of the 1st Foundation is to provide assistance to the members and family members of Special Operations Forces and Police Special Operations. Recently, the 1st Foundation has been successful in uniting K9 veterans with permanent homes with loving families.”