The History of Raine Inc., Developed from Hands-On Military Use

Raine, Inc. began on June 16, 1986 when the rights to the product line were purchased from SFW Preferred Products, Inc.  The products are and continue to be very high quality nylon accessories built and designed for rigorous field use. Randy Jacobsen, the prior owner, started the business in 1983 based on his designs developed during his duty as a military rigger in the Army.  He was the first to develop a covered watchband using Velcro®.  He was the first to develop an entire line of zippered notebooks devoted to military use.       

John Raine purchased the rights to Jacobsens’s product line on June 16, 1986.  The original line consisted of 36 products (products #0001 through #0036).  More products were added as customer demand warranted it.  As of 2011, Raine has over 550 products.  Jacobsen worked for Raine for the first 5 months and then returned to develop the Muncie Army Navy Store, which he still owns.  He is currently under contract with Raine to provide Design and Manufacturer consulting services.

Raine’s operations started in a 600-sq ft. building in Daleville, Indiana.  The company moved to a 2200 sq. ft. building in Chesterfield, Indiana in 1990.  The company moved to its current location in Anderson in 1994.  The facility expanded from 4000 to 13,000 sq. ft. in 1996 and then to 22000 sq. ft. in 1999.

Raine has enjoyed excellent growth by selling products to the Army Air Force Exchange Service, Army Navy Stores, Uniform Stores and other military exchanges.   This success was based on the philosophy of producing “honest” products with innovative designs that provide performance when absolutely needed. 

Raine products now can be found in any U.S. Army Air Force Exchange store around the world. They are extremely proud in what they produce and sell which is:                          Tough gear for military operators and warfighters.

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