Second Chance Armor Transfers Military Workload, Products To Its Alabama Facility
April 19, 2006
Central Lake, MI
Second Chance Armor, Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of security products and vehicle armor systems, recently announced that its Alabama production facility will be transferred to the company’s Individual Equipment Systems Division (IESD) of the Aerospace & Defense Group (A&DG). All military workload and products will relocate to the Alabama facility, with all of Alabama’s domestic law enforcement production moving to its facility in Michigan. The transition is expected to take approximately 8-12 weeks to complete.
“Our Alabama plant has shown impressive results in their ability to quickly gear up to produce Outer Tactical Vests (OTV) and produce them very efficiently,” said Glenn L. Katz, vice president and general manager of Second Chance. “In fact, after a short ramp-up period, Alabama has been producing OTVs at efficiency levels approaching other Armor Holding plants that have been producing OTVs for many years.”
Employment at the Alabama facility is expected to increase over current levels as more military work is transferred to the plant, creating more career opportunities for the community. By producing upwards of 10,000 OTVs per month, the Alabama plant will be returning to its original production goal when Second Chance first opened it in 2001.
“We are constantly analyzing the level of work we have and the efficiency of our plants to determine where we should put new contracts,” Katz said. “We are committed to making this transition as smooth as possible for all of our employees, and we are backed with full confidence and support from Armor Holdings.”
A transition team from A&DG will be visiting the Alabama plant next week to survey the plant and begin the transition process. The A&DG, the largest supplier of individual equipment to the U.S. military for the past two years, currently operates out of five locations in the U.S., and produces OTVs, helmets, body armor plates, backpacks and load-bearing equipment, and aviator equipment.
About Second Chance Armor, Inc.
Second Chance Armor, Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of security products and vehicle armor systems serving military, law enforcement, homeland security and commercial markets, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Armor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AH). Armor Holdings purchased the majority of assets of Second Chance Body Armor Inc. out of bankruptcy in July, 2005 and now operates the newly incorporated entity. Armor Holdings is a Fortune 1000 Company and was listed on FORTUNE Magazine’s 2005 100 Fastest-Growing Companies List. Additional information can be found at www.secondchance.com.
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