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    Adventure Medical Kits (AMK)

    First Aid Store is proud to offer the entire Adventure Medical Kits (AMK) product line at the best price - Adventure Medical makes kits that are right for the activity, group size and trip duration. In any number of activities, it is likely you are to encounter a higher degree of one type of injury versus another (their hunting kits have more items to address traumatic bleeding than our basic hiking kits, our travel series has a wider range of medications (allergic reactions, diarrhea, etc) than our home kits – because at home, it is likely you have a solution for these problems in your medicine cabinet, or a local drug store where you can get relief – but in international travel, you may not understand the items at the local drug store or there may not be a solution readily available to you. Who can beat Top Quality, Dependability, Great Service and Great Value? AMK is designed with each outdoor adventure in mind, from backwoods to marine and all in between!

    Adventure Medical Kits is a division of the Tender Corporation that also includes Ben's, Natrapel and AfterBite brands among others. With all types of medical first aid kits and packs such as the Professional, Mountain, UltraLight, Sportsman and Travel Series (among many others), they are dedicated to bringing you the most innovative products which will keep you safe in the outdoors. With fully packed kits, and each series you choose, it will be OK to be out and about for up to 18 people for almost a two week span without refilling supplies. That is what quality and a top notch product is for you!

    Tender Corporation headquarters is located in the heart of the White Mountains in Littleton, New Hampshire. The company was founded in 1975 and manufactures the world-famous insect bite treatment, AfterBite®, a full line of well-known insect repellents such as Ben's® and Natrapel®, first-aid such as Adventure Medical Kits® and Easy Care First Aid™ kits, survival products with Survive Outdoors Longer® and burn remedy products such as AfterBurn®. Many of Tender's products are packaged in innovative ways that allow them to be convenient to use as well as environmentally friendly. At Tender, they pride themselves on producing products of the highest quality, providing the best sales and service for our customers as well as creating value for their employees and their community. They see their employees as their greatest asset and strive to build a strong united team in order to accomplish their goals as well as achieve their vision; to enjoy the outdoors in every condition. They place a strong emphasis on work ethic, quality assurance and efficiency which they feel are important in creating a successful business and work environment.

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    A bit about Tender Corp (Adventure Medical) by employee Carolyn Keats:

    I have been with Tender Corporation for a number of years and it has been fascinating to watch the company evolve.  When I first started with Tender if I referred to the company as a pharmaceutical manufacturer I got very strange looks.  Then in 1993 the UK Medicines Control Agency (equivalent to our FDA) came to inspect us and the assessment was scathing.  Clearly the standards applied by our FDA and the MCA were not the same.  When they returned for another inspection in 1996 it was clear that we would have to make major structural changes to our facility in order to comply with the European requirements and thus be allowed to continue to sell to Europe.  This would require a major investment by the owners and it certainly was not needed for either the US or Canadian markets.  I wondered if I should start looking for another job.

    Happily the owners were committed to expanding the business internationally and the investment was made.  Now we had a mixing room, filling room and packaging room whereas previously everything was done in the open warehouse.  This is when the company started to think of itself as maybe not a pharmaceutical manufacturer but at least a manufacturer of healthcare products and certainly in a regulated industry.

    The MCA returned again in 1999 and was impressed with the improvements we had made.  Of course they still found deficiencies and I can remember our procedure for calibrating the scale in receiving being referred to as “total nonsense” by one of the inspectors.  They further pointed out that we did not make any distinction between Quality Assurance and Quality Control – in fact we had no concept of Quality Assurance.  That of course changed: the Quality Assurance Manager’s position was created and we started developing a Quality Assurance System.  Subsequently more and more Standard Operating Procedures were written and I wondered if we would soon have an SOP on how to eat lunch.

    Naturally the MCA (which eventually became the MHRA) returned regularly over the years and we continued to get deficiencies noted during the inspections but they were of a different nature and less severe.  It was wonderful when we received our first GMP Certificate from the MHRA – see attached.

    Not only were there developments in our Good Manufacturing Practices and regulatory compliance; in 2003 Tender Corporation was named NH Small Business Exporter of the Year.  This notoriety resulted in a nomination for the company to contribute to the formation of foreign trade policy through representation on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee for small and minority businesses.  There are around 300 members from around the country which provide a voice from industry in the formation of foreign trade policy by the White House Administration and the US Trade Representative’s Office so this was quite an honor for our company.  Tender contributed to this effort for a 2 year period during which 13 Free Trade Agreements were promulgated.

    Now Tender no longer qualifies as a small business, its products are sold in over 50 countries and packaged in 15 different languages and if I refer to the company as a pharmaceutical manufacturing operation I no longer get strange looks.