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ARMOR EXPRESS ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

Date posted: July 9th, 2015

[CENTRAL LAKE, MI, 2015] – Central Lake Armor Express (DBA Armor Express), has finalized a financial and strategic agreement with Generations Management (“Generations”), a local family office based in Traverse City, Michigan – backed by Spanos Barber Jesse & Co. (“SBJ”), a San Francisco Bay Area and Dallas based private investment firm. “Armor Express is a company consisting of an incredible talent pool of people who are dedicated to providing life saving equipment to law enforcement, military, and public safety […]

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An Armor Express Save has been confirmed

CONFIRMED: ARMOR EXPRESS SAVE IN PHOENIX, AZ

Date posted: May 1st, 2015

An officer was shot in the line of duty Saturday, April 18th 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.  It was confirmed today that the officer was wearing an Armor Express vest and that the vest prevented serious injury or death.  At this point the following information has been made public (this information will be updated as more information is released): Officer name: Unreleased Incident: Officer shot while responding to a call from a man claiming to be surrounded by snipers threatening him; […]

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Bulletproof Vest Partnership

BVP Grant is underway – Due by May 13th!

Date posted: April 1st, 2015

Funding to help pay for bulletproof vests is available through the US Department of Justice BULLETPROOF VEST PARTNERSHIP ACT. Since 1999, over 13,000 jurisdictions have participated in the BVP Program with $393 million in federal funds committed to support the purchase of over 1,000,000 vests. The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 1998 offers applicants up to 50% funding for qualified body armor purchases. Applications for FY15 BVP funding will be accepted through 6:00 PM ET, Tuesday, May 13, 2015. […]

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2015 Website Updates

Date posted: March 20th, 2015

    Armor Express has recently updated the navigation menu for armorexpress.com – in an effort to include their full line-up of body armor related products. From a functional standpoint the menu has remained pretty much the same, but more products and a new category have been added to better match the latest 2015 catalog and expanded product offerings.   The menu at the top of the website displays the mother categories of: Soft armor Hard Armor Concealable Overt Tactical […]

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LIEUTENANT BRIAN MURPHY RECEIVES MEDAL OF VALOR

Date posted: February 11th, 2015

WHITE HOUSE, WASHINGTON D.C. – Lieutenant Brian Murphy, a 2012 Armor Express ‘save’, and now Manager of the Armor Express Saves Program – was honored with the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor during a national ceremony at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building – Wednesday, February 11th.   Brian Murphy was the first responder to the Sikh Temple massacre of 2012 and engaged the assailant head-on, ultimately sustaining fifteen handgun rounds to his body, with an additional three rounds being […]

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Lieutenant Brian Murphy speaking with a fellow Armor Express 'save'

TODAY: SAVE MANAGER BRIAN MURPHY TO RECEIVE MEDAL OF VALOR

Date posted: February 11th, 2015

  Lieutenant Brian Murphy, a 2012 Armor Express ‘save’, and now Manager of the Armor Express Saves Program – will be honored with the Public Safety Officer Medal of Bravery along with 21 other recipients during a national ceremony at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building today. Brian Murphy was the first responder to the Sikh Temple massacre of 2012 and engaged the assailant – taking 15 bullets in the process. Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Attorney General Eric […]

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An Armor Express Save has been confirmed

CONFIRMED: ARMOR EXPRESS SAVE IN FLINT TOWNSHIP, MI

Date posted: January 31st, 2015

An officer was shot in the line of duty Friday, January 23rd 2015 in Flint Township, Michigan.  It was confirmed today that the officer was wearing an Armor Express vest and that the vest prevented serious injury or death.  At this point the following information has been made public (this information will be updated as more information is released): Officer name: Unreleased Incident: Officer shot following a traffic stop Extent of injury: Officer shot in both the arm and in […]

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2015 New Products

NEW PRODUCTS FOR 2015

Date posted: January 22nd, 2015

(Las Vegas, NV) – January 22, 2015 – SHOT Show – Armor Express continues to reveal its latest products. Additions to this year’s product lineup range from cutting edge tactical carriers to some of the most flexible and lightweight soft body armor solutions available. Here is a list of what to look for and links to detailed product release sheets covering each of these new items: • Raven™ Tactical Vest – Raven Product Release • Echo and Traverse Overt Patrol Carrier – Echo Product […]

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SAVES REENACTMENT – DEPUTY JOSH CAULKINS

Date posted: January 21st, 2015

(Las Vegas, NV) – January 21, 2015 – This year at the 2015 SHOT Show (the premier shooting, hunting, and outdoor trade show in Las Vegas) – Armor Express debuted their first installment of their saves reenactments, highlighting the moment in which an officer’s life is saved by their bullet resistant vest. The first film of its kind from Armor Express, Saved: Josh Caulkins, showcases the importance of training, the sobering reality of putting one’s life on the line for […]

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The Raven Tactical Carrier - Released at SHOT Show 2015

NEW PRODUCT – RAVEN

Date posted: January 21st, 2015

Armor Express has released a new tactical carrier this year – the Raven™. The Raven™ was specifically designed with the fast-paced, low-profile operator in mind. The Trilogrid™ laser cut MOLLE webbing, along with the aggressive structure of the vest make it a high-speed, fully customizable tactical carrier solution. The Raven™ features a single point quick release system that is considered one of the most efficient in our industry.  As easy to reassemble as it is to release, this system offers real-world applications, […]

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ARMOR EXPRESS RELEASES 2015 PRODUCT CATALOG

Date posted: January 20th, 2015

(Las Vegas, NV) – January 20, 2015 – Marking the first day of the SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Armor Express officially releases their 2015 product catalog filled with their latest body armor solutions. The lineup includes a robust list of NIJ certified soft and hard armor products, tactical, concealable, and overt patrol carriers, as well as a number of body armor related accessories. The most recent additions to their product offerings include: • Raven™ Tactical Vest – link • Echo and Traverse […]

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An Armor Express Save has been confirmed

CONFIRMED: ARMOR EXPRESS SAVE SGT MICHAEL WILLIAMS

Date posted: November 6th, 2014

It has been confirmed that the Armor Express NIJ 0101.06 certified soft ballistic product Quantum IIIA has prevented serious injury/death to Sgt. Williams of East Orange Police Department. Read the details on the incident in the official press release published by the East Orange Police Department below.  We will publish more information on the specifics of the bullet type and caliber as they become available: Nov 6th, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mayor’s Office of Public Information ~ Public Information […]

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ARMOR EXPRESS ACHIEVES ISO 9001:2008/BA 9000:2012

Date posted: September 8th, 2014

  CENTRAL LAKE, Michigan, Aug. 1 2014 – Central Lake Armor Express (DBA Armor Express) is further demonstrating their unwavering commitment to quality by achieving their ISO 9001:2008 certification with the addition of the BA 9000:2012 certification. As one of the only ISO 9001:2008/BA 9000:2012 body armor manufacturers in the world manufacturing soft concealable and tactical armor, Armor Express continues to carry the torch for industry progress and advancement. Over the past few months Armor Express has invested effort and […]

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LIEUTENANT BRIAN MURPHY RECEIVES CONGRESSIONAL BADGE OF BRAVERY

Date posted: August 6th, 2014

Lieutenant Brian Murphy, a 2012 Armor Express ‘save’, and now Manager of the Armor Express Saves Program – was honored along with fellow officer Sam Lenda with the Congressional Badge of Bravery. Today marks the two year anniversary of the Sikh Temple massacre of 2012, in which Brian was the first officer on the scene and engaged the assailant – taking 15 bullets in the process. Watch the footage from Fox 6 below. We are honored to work alongside a […]

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Mission to armor all Police Dogs – are you in? CNN Money reports..

Date posted: August 5th, 2014

CENTRAL LAKE, Mich. – Nobody wants to see a police dog get hurt. That’s why a Michigan manufacturer makes ballistic vests for K-9 dogs, as well as for the people who serve in the police and military. But getting cash-strapped taxpayers to foot the bill for dog vests, which run about $1,000 a piece, isn’t easy. “In the K-9 unit, you sometimes feel like the redheaded stepdaughter,” Miami Police Sgt. Garret Wing said. Armor Express, based in Central Lake, Mich., […]

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Stephanie Kwolek in 2007 displays regular household gloves made with the Kevlar she invented while working at DuPont. (Jennifer Corbett/The News Journal)

Honoring Stephanie Kwolek

Date posted: June 20th, 2014

Today we honor a game changer, Stephanie Kwolek passed away at age 90 – her invention known as Kevlar® has impacted the body armor industry in profound ways. As my father (Richard Davis, inventor of soft concealable body armor) put it: “Stephanie’s impact on the body armor industry was similar to how the jet engine changed aviation.” Stephanie invention of the para-aramid fiber greatly impacted the lives of Americans. The fiber is used across many industries, of which body armor […]

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THORSHIELD Technology in REVOLUTION Carrier

ARMOR EXPRESS FEATURES THORSHIELD&#174 IN THEIR CONCEALABLE CARRIERS

Date posted: June 3rd, 2014

The Armor Express REVOLUTION PLUS&#174 concealable carrier can now feature THORSHIELD&#174 technology which will protect officers from TASER&#174 brand devices and stun guns.  This technology – added earlier this year – further enhances the other features of the REVOLUTION PLUS&#174 carrier – including SCENT-LOK&#174 odor control technology.  Find out more about our REVOLUTION PLUS concealable carrier and contact your nearest rep here.

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Certified Professional Contract Manager (CPCM) – Todd Olson

Date posted: March 18th, 2014

Join us in congratulating Todd Olson, our Director of Federal Sales and Continuous Improvement on becoming a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM), NCMA’s senior and most prestigious certification: Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) A Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) certification demonstrates that you have met NCMA’s highest standards for education, training, and experience, and have demonstrated your knowledge of the contract management competencies in the Contract Management Body of Knowledge. It is NCMA’s senior and most prestigious certification. Contracting professionals who have mastered the majority of […]

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Changes made to menu navigation

LOST? WEBSITE UPDATES! MENU CHANGES, ETC.

Date posted: February 21st, 2014

Armor Express is pleased to announce recent improvements to our website (www.armorexpress.com), specifically creating several new navigation tabs: RESOURCES and CONTACT, as central points for product updates and information. The following are the two main changes that you and your dealers will be navigating: Top Menu Changes: The “Customer Portal” button has been removed, and is now called “Dealer Portal” which can now be found as a sub selection under the “Resources” tab, below the heading “Dealer” The “Vest Tracker” […]

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ARMOR EXPRESS RELEASES TWO NEW FILMS

Date posted: January 17th, 2014

This year at the SHOT Show (the premier shooting, hunting, and outdoor trade show in Las Vegas) – Armor Express debuted two new films. The first film, Stopping Power, captures the essence of what Armor Express does best – stopping bullets.  It gives the viewer a glimpse into the culture, and more importantly, the drive that is shared by both the employees and their customers. Stopping a bullet is more than just putting straps on a steel plate, it is […]

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Armor Express releases 2014 Product Catalog

Date posted: January 14th, 2014

(Las Vegas, NV) – January 14, 2014– Marking the first day of the SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Armor Express officially releases their 2014 product catalog filled with the latest body armor solutions. The lineup includes a robust list of NIJ certified soft and hard armor products, tactical, concealable, and overt carriers, as well as a number of body armor related accessories. The most recent additions to their product offerings include: • Second generation NIJ 0101.06 certified Seraph™ level II and IIIA soft […]

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ARMOR EXPRESS SAVE LT. BRIAN MURPHY AND CEO MATT DAVIS INTERVIEWED ON WISCONSIN TONIGHT

Date posted: May 3rd, 2013

We are honored to bring you footage from Wisconsin Tonight. One of our most recent saves, Lieutenant Brian Murphy was interviewed regarding the Sikh Temple shooting, his vest, and its performance under fire. A true hero. Matt was there fielding questions specific to the vest itself.  

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ARMOR EXPRESS’ SAVE AN HONORED GUEST AT THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

Date posted: February 18th, 2013

One of our Saves, Lieutenant Brian Murphy was honored in the State of the Union Address. He was shot 15 times while responding to an active shooter incident at a Sikh Temple. Five potentially fatal shots were stopped by his level IIIA vest. We are honored to have played a role in his survival. Watch the video coverage below:

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BRL – Ballistics Research Laboratory

Date posted: February 15th, 2013

CENTRAL LAKE, MI – A new ballistic research laboratory is the latest component comprising Armor Express’ new 10,000 sq. ft. Technology Center. The new high tech facility was dedicated here this week, announced Matt Davis, CEO and President of Armor Express. “We view the new Tech Center as the crown jewel of the company,” explained Matt. “This now gives us the most state-of-the-art lab in the ballistics testing industry.” He explained that he and company technicians had visited ballistic research […]

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ARMOR EXPRESS AWARDED MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT FROM U.S. ARMY

Date posted: October 12th, 2012

Central Lake, MI – For immediate release Monday, October 1, 2012. A $24.6 million contract to provide body armor to the U.S. Army has been awarded to Armor Express. The three-year, fixed-price contract is from the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, and calls for a maximum of 142,857 concealable body armor vests to be manufactured by the company by September 2015. “We’re proud to have been selected to provide body armor for our men and women in the armed […]

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ARMOR EXPRESS GAINS BRAND STRENGTH IN GROWING GOVERNMENTAL MARKET

Date posted: February 22nd, 2012

Central Lake, MI, 2012 – CENTRAL LAKE, MI (February 2012) – Providing quality ballistic systems at a best value price to the U.S. government are among the issues that have made Armor Express the body armor of choice to a variety of agencies. A recent preferred supplier, multi-year contract to the National Park Service underscores the Armor Express brand, notes Brian Buchanan, one of a network of company sales representatives. Though in Brian’s case, he has worked in-house at Armor […]

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ARMOR EXPRESS AWARDED IDAHO STATE POLICE ARMOR CONTRACT

Date posted: February 15th, 2012

Central Lake, MI, 2012 – (January 1, 2012)– Idaho State Police Troopers will be marking the new year by wearing new tactical body armor vests manufactured by Armor Express. “We’re pleased to have been selected by Idaho law enforcement as their tactical vest provider,” remarked Matt Davis, company president and CEO. “Idaho subjected vendor sample vests to a rigorous test and evaluation procedure. Law enforcement personnel who were going to be wearing the armor actually had the final say. And […]

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MISSISSIPPI BODY ARMOR ORDER THE LATEST IN A LONG STANDING CONNECTION WITH SUPPLIER

Date posted: February 2nd, 2012

Central Lake, MI, 2012 – (February 2012) – Competitive pricing, quality, and a reputation for timely and outstanding service are among the ingredients of the long standing relationship that Armor Express body armor and its sales representative, Mississippi Police Suppy Company, Inc., have had with the state of Mississippi. A recent SWAT body armor order is the latest in a series of state, municipal and county orders that are based on need and providing a variety of vests to accommodate […]

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WASHINGTON STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES CHOOSE ARMOR EXPRESS, CITE FIRM’S COMPETITIVE EDGE

Date posted: January 19th, 2012

Central Lake, MI, 2012 – CENTRAL LAKE, MI (January, 2012) – Design, coverage and options were just some of the key requirements specified by several Washington state law enforcement agencies in recent body armor purchases. Armor Express models evaluated by the Washington State Patrol and Seattle Police Department not only out-performed competitive vests in these categories, but the technical skill of the sales representative and their ability to understand and accommodate changes accounted for the award. “This is a prime […]

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