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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® IN THEIR CONCEALABLE CARRIERS

Date posted: June 3rd, 2014

The Armor Express REVOLUTION PLUS® concealable carrier can now feature THORSHIELD® technology which will protect officers from TASER® brand devices and stun guns.  This technology – added earlier this year – further enhances the other features of the REVOLUTION PLUS® carrier – including SCENT-LOK® 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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WISCONSIN STATE PATROL SELECTS ARMOR EXPRESS QUANTUM MODEL FOR OFFICER SAFETY

Date posted: December 11th, 2011

Central Lake, MI, 2011 – CENTRAL LAKE, MI (December, 2011) – Since 1939 the Wisconsin State Patrol (WSP) has ensured highway safety by providing professional and dedicated law enforcement services to users of state highways. Effective 2011, members will be wearing soft body armor manufactured by Armor Express. Personal body armor standards were high when the department issuesd an RFQ earlier this year for the contract ultimately won by Armor Express. “The department even did their own testing of vests,” […]

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ARMOR EXPRESS EXPANSION OF OPERATIONS A MAJOR MILESTONE

Date posted: March 21st, 2011

Central Lake, Mich. — The expansion of Armor Express™ to new facilities is the emerging company’s latest indication of its continued growth. The manufacturer of body armor used by law enforcement, corrections and the military, is moving operations only a few miles – into buildings about triple the size of its current footprint. Purchase of the new property was finalized March 7, 2011. The nearly six year-old company makes ballistic-resistant products such as concealable or tactical body armor, accessories, and […]

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ARMOR EXPRESS AWARDED U.S. MARINE CORPS’ BODY ARMOR CONTRACT

Date posted: August 19th, 2009

Central Lake, MI – (For Immediate Release, Monday, August 24, 2009) – U.S. Marines will be wearing the latest in tactical body armor with ballistic panels manufactured by Armor Express. Receipt of an order of 50,000 sets of Full Spectrum Battle Equipment Ballistic Inserts (FSBE), was announced this week by Matt Davis, Armor Express president and CEO. The direct five-year contract is with the U.S. Department of Defense. It was processed by the U.S. Army’s RDECOM (Research, Development and Engineering […]

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ARMOR EXPRESS MAKES DEBUT ON NEW NBC TV SERIES “SOUTHLAND”

Date posted: March 28th, 2009

Central Lake, MI, 2009 – CENTRAL LAKE, MI (For Immediate Release, March 26, 2009) – Armor Express body armor and carriers will be the products of choice in a new NBC police television series, “Southland,” which premiers Thursday, April 9t. The prime time show slated to replace “ER” will have their actors clad in Armor Express equipment, according to Adam Spinniken, AE Art Director/Marketing Coordinator. “CEO Matt Davis was contacted by the show’s property manager earlier this year, inquiring if […]

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BALLISTIC VEST’S EFFICIENCY TESTED

Date posted: February 17th, 2009

Michael Hall, factory representative of Armor Express, uses a handgun to shoot a body armor vest at Border Tactical in El Centro on Thursday. Armor Express is based in Michigan and is the maker of the vest. Thursday, February 19, 2009 10:23 PM PST Four shots rang out as a gun was pressed against a ballistic vest Thursday at Border Tactical indoor range in El Centro, but the bullets did not pierce the protective armor. The only impression the gunfire […]

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ARMOR EXPRESS AWARDED DEA CONTRACT

Date posted: November 8th, 2008

Central Lake, MI, 2008 – CENTRAL LAKE, MI (For Immediate Release, Monday, November 10, 2008) – New recruits of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will be outfitted by Central Lake Armor Express, as a result of a contract recently awarded this Northern Michigan-based worldwide manufacturer of anti-ballistic vests and related equipment. Matt Davis, company president and CEO, revealed that the custom armor package selected by the DEA includes an Armor Express Quantum concealable vest, Hard Core tactical vest, two […]

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ARMOR EXPRESS AWARDED FEDERAL BOP VEST ORDER

Date posted: September 22nd, 2008

Central Lake, MI, 2008 – CENTRAL LAKE, MI (For Immediate Release, September 04, 2008) – 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 […]

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NEW SERAPH BODY ARMOR IS INTRODUCED BY ARMOR EXPRESS

Date posted: July 16th, 2008

Central Lake, MI, 2008 – CENTRAL LAKE, MI (For Immediate Release, July 14, 2008) – Based on all-important body armor wearability factors like lightness and flexibility, the Seraph(, a new line of anti-ballistic armor, has been introduced by Armor Express. Key to the advanced Seraph( model is that it contains both Twaron and a new co-polymer Aramid fiber known as Artec(. “This fiber has an additional bond which makes it slightly stronger than the more traditional Aramid fibers,” explained Matt […]

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MILITARY CHANNEL FEATURES ARMOR EXPRESS IN SEGMENT DEDICATED TO THE HISTORY OF BODY ARMOR

Date posted: May 16th, 2008

Central Lake, MI, 2007 – CENTRAL LAKE, MI (For Immediate Release, January 19, 2007) – The Military Channel found it’s way to this remote northern Michigan town to interview Richard C. Davis – inventor of modern concealable soft body armor. While here, they spent time touring the new Armor Express factory, with CEO Matt Davis. The producers for the Military Channel were particularly interested in learning about Armor Express’ manufacturing processes, body armor technology, and testing. To date, Armor Express […]

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KENTUCKY STATE POLICE AWARD CONTRACT TO CENTRAL LAKE ARMOR EXPRESS

Date posted: December 1st, 2007

Central Lake, MI, 2007 – CENTRAL LAKE, MI (For Immediate Release, December 01, 2007) – Officers of Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement and the Kentucky State Police will be wearing body armor manufactured by Central Lake Armor Express, Inc. The four-year contract was announced recently by Kentucky officials and Armor Express. Over 500 vests have already been sold and it is expected that the total contract will include the sale of some 1200 units of body armor. “We’re proud and honored that […]

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QUANTUM ARMOR with EZ MESH CARRIER, OUTSTANDING PROTECTION AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE

Date posted: February 11th, 2007

Central Lake, MI, 02/2007 – Armor Express is once again expanding its outstanding product line with the introduction of QUANTUM body armor. “We are very excited about launching Quantum armor”, says Armor Express President, Matt Davis. “We believe it provides superior performance at an excellent value.” This 100% Aramid body armor meets NIJ 0101.04/2005 interim requirements. With a level II weight of 1.05 lbs per square ft. and a thickness of .25 inches, Quantum is easily comparable with many of […]

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ARMOR EXPRESS RECEIVES AWARD FOR PTAC REGIONAL GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR

Date posted: February 11th, 2007

Central Lake, MI, 12/2007 – Armor Express was selected by Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) to receive the Regional Government Contractor of the Year Award. An array of government officials were on hand at a press conference held onsite at the Armor Express facility in Central Lake. Patrick Bubin from PTAC presented a plaque to commemorate this prestigious nomination. Congressional Aide Roger Srigley read a letter of congratulations from U.S. Representative Bart Stupak. Michigan State […]

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