A contract to produce some 10,000 spike resistant vests has been awarded Central Lake Armor Express, Inc., by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
The multi-million dollar order is being hailed by Armor Express as growing recognition of the quality of its products, as well as affirmation by national institutional users like the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
"Along with our other contracts for spike armor, this new award sets Armor Express apart as the premier provider of correctional vests in the country," asserted Matt Davis, company CEO and president. "Our top quality products, proven track record, and our ability to provide outstanding customer service were some of the prime factors in the selection process."
In fact, Armor Express has already mobilized fitting teams and begun measuring at federal corrections institutions across the country.
The timely award comes on the heels of a well-publicized prison stabbing incident that occurred in June of this year. A federal corrections officer, Jose Rivera, age 22, was stabbed to death by an inmate at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atwater, Calif. Officer Rivera was not wearing spike resistant corrections body armor.
Armor Express vests being manufactured for the BOP will include the NIJ approved Taurus Spike Level 3 panels. They will be inserted in Evolution and LoPro carriers, along with accessories.
Brian Buchanan, sales manager of the firm's governmental division, noted that since January of 2007 and Armor Express' GSA Schedule Award (General Services Administration), federal government sales growth has been steady.
"Our GSA association continues to be outstanding. And I'm very satisfied that we are now serving this key federal agency with our high-quality life saving products."
Other major correctional contracts won by the company in recent years include New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
With headquarters in Central Lake, Mich., and a nationwide network of sales representatives, Central Lake Armor Express, Inc. (DBA Armor Express), is an ISO 9001 registered company. Its range of products includes concealable and tactical body armor, accessories, and hard armor. "Body Armor Reborn" is the company motto.