About Us

OUR COMPANY

Founded in 2005, Armor Express has grown to become one of the leading designers, manufacturers and suppliers of life-saving, protective solutions. The Company began by serving the Domestic Law Enforcement market and following the merger with KDH Defense Systems in 2019, now proudly supports the U.S. Military and Department of Defense, Federal and Domestic Law Enforcement, and First Responders both domestically and abroad.

Our passion for producing the most innovative armor systems is made possible by the commitment of every Armor Express employee, many of whom have spent their lives serving our country. Through our state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Eden, NC and Central Lake, MI, we manufacture both soft and hard armor solutions for America’s protectors. In Michigan, we house our Ballistics Research Laboratory (BRL), where we test the most advanced ballistic materials, developing solutions that meet NIJ, DEA and FBI protocols, and various special threats for any mission-critical requirement. We are committed to safety first and foremost and collaborate with our partners to bring to market, lightweight, high-performance ballistic solutions, along with a full suite of concealable, overt and tactical carriers. We also manufacture and source a full line of innovative hard armor plates, helmets and shields, all designed to meet the most stringent safety standards and to bring our protectors home safe.

MARKETS

Through the combination of Armor Express and KDH, we have grown to become one of the largest suppliers of soft and hard armor protective solutions to America’s Heroes – among the most important customers in the world. Since the acquisition and subsequent merger, we have secured over $250 million in new contracts and delivery orders within the Department of Defense and Federal Government, in addition to some of the largest law enforcement agencies, correctional facilities and Fire/EMS departments in the country. Our growth was made possible by our relentless focus on advancing technology and exceeding customer requirements, in addition to the support of our distribution, supply chain and technology partners around the world.

Law Enforcement

Patrol, Tactical, K-9 customers seeking NIJ and DoD certified ballistic and stab/spike concealable, overt, and tactical body armor systems and accessories.

Corrections

Concealable, overt, cell extraction, or CERT teams seeking NIJ and DoD certified ballistic and stab/spike body armor systems and accessories.

Fire

Whether custom fit or seat assignment, we offer BPE, ASK and RTF solutions. NFPA 3000 (PS) and (ASHER) Program related products.

EMS

Scalable BPE, ASK and RTF solutions. NFPA 3000 (PS) and (ASHER) Program related products.

Military/DoD

Consistently delivering innovative, high-quality products, to the U.S. Armed Forces and Department of Defense.

Federal

Prestigious Federal customers have benefited from our full range of body armor solutions.

GSA

Our GSA Offering covers the full breadth of personal protective solutions within the intuitive purchase platform.

Private Military & Security

Our commercial product line spans the needs of today’s private military and security body armor needs.

OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE

By leveraging our two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Eden, NC and Central Lake, MI, coupled with our network of manufacturing partners, we possess the scale to meet all contractual requirements for our customers. But our goal is not just to meet this demand; rather, we strive to exceed it. That is why we have invested so vigorously in Lean training for our personnel and upgraded machinery and equipment throughout our factories.

Views from our Manufacturing and R&D facilities in Eden, North Carolina.

Views from our R&D, RMA, and Wear Test Line facilities in Central Lake, Michigan.

HEADQUARTERS
ARLINGTON, VA

Our headquarters in Arlington, VA serves as the central point for Government customer engagements, given its proximity to the nation’s capital. As a critical supplier to the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy Security Forces and various Federal agencies, having this office is a critical element of our strategy to be closer to its Military and Federal customers and provide greater real-time support. This facility houses some of our sales, contract and program management, procurement specialists, and design personnel. This facility houses a showroom, highlighting the latest innovations in concealable and tactical carriers, hard armor solutions, Military and Federal products, and a host of other ballistic solutions to meet all customer needs.

BALLISTICS R&D

PRODUCING LIFE-SAVING BALLISTIC TECHNOLOGY

Driving innovation never stops and when you’re manufacturing products designed to save lives, the commitment to safety must be at the forefront…always. That is why we work so closely with our supply chain partners, ensuring we have access to the most advanced materials throughout the industry, and the know-how to develop packages that always exceed the required standards.

Thousands of U.S. Armed Forces members, domestic and Federal officers, and First Responders nationwide rely on our solutions to support their mission-critical requirements. Our customers must perform at the most optimal level, whether at home or abroad, and rest easy knowing their armor will perform as it was designed to. In Central Lake, we house our Ballistic Research Laboratory (BRL). It is here where we test thousands of rounds of ammunition and go above and beyond the standard NIJ threats with our own special threat protocol for both Level II and IIIA armor. We are constantly testing new materials which result in lighter packages, more flexible designs and increased protection for end-users. This knowledge is shared with our Eden team which also performs similar ballistic testing, whether for NIJ, FBI, or DEA protocols, in addition to all DoD ballistic requirements.

With new NIJ standards on the horizon (NIJ .06 to NIJ .07), collaboration within and throughout the industry has never been greater. We are well-positioned to drive innovation and bring to market new solutions unlike anything the industry has seen.

Body armor is about saving lives and we are committed to delivering products and serving our customers better than anyone else in the industry.

Carrier Design Center

MANUFACTURING THE MOST INNOVATIVE CARRIERS FOR ALL MISSIONS

Research and development are at the forefront of everything we do. Building the best carriers requires dedication, know-how, equipment and technology, materials, and a team all sharing the same mission – SAVING LIVES.

At our R&D Design Centers in Central Lake, MI and Eden, NC, the Carrier Design teams possess decades of manufacturing, operations and design experience. Our personnel leverage their knowledge of materials and technical applications to developed some of the most advanced lines of concealable, overt, plate, and tactical carrier solutions in the industry.

We are constantly changing for the better, with a focus on creating new products or enhancing existing ones. First, making these best-in-class solutions requires ongoing engagement with our customers and distribution partners about real-world experiences, and to better understand market needs, the pain points and any gaps in systems today. It is this engagement that drives innovation and ensures the wear-ability, comfort and safety of our carriers.

From conceptualization to prototypes to final solutions – we constantly adapt and incorporate the latest technologies and materials. From the latest cut-ting-edge sewing, fabricating and heat application technologies, to the lightest weight and highest-performing nylon and ballistic materials, we take every-thing into account before bringing a carrier to market. Every stitch matters and being detail-focused is an important element to deliver the highest product quality levels our customers demand and expect.

Carrier R&D in both Central Lake, MI and Eden, NC

OUR TEAM

Throughout the years, we have invested not only in our foundation but in our team as well, as the people behind the products are critical to the Company’s success. Our leadership team today comprises professionals with diverse backgrounds and expertise, both within and outside of the body armor industry, as well as former servicemen who understand the needs of the customers we serve.

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Matt Davis

Chairman of the Board
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James R. Henderson

Chief Executive Officer
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Lushana Offutt

Senior Vice President,
Government Operations
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Glenn Wiener

Chief Strategy Officer, and
Chief Marketing Officer
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Robert Hogan

Sales Director
Joseph Kuhn

Joseph Kuhn

Chief Financial Officer
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Deniese Miranda

Senior Vice President,
Human Resources
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Jon MacNeil

Director of Ballistic Research and Development
Steve

Steve Murphy

Director of Product Management and Design
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Laks Molaga

IT Director
James Mays

James Mays

Director of Plant Operations
Filipe-Placucci

Filipe Placucci

Program Manager
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Jamison Gilbert

Program Manager
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Marie Kuhn

Military Program Manager
Brian

Brian Murphy

Saves Program Manager
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OUR COMMITMENT

ONE COMPANY - ONE MISSION

OUR MISSION

To save lives by designing, manufacturing and integrating the most superior quality body armor solutions with unparalleled protection and functionality, along with an unwavering commitment to exceed customer requirements.

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OUR VISION

Making Armor Express synonymous with safety by developing the most advanced protective solutions the industry has ever seen.

WE WILL ALWAYS BE A CUSTOMER-FOCUSED ORGANIZATION,
PUTTING YOUR NEEDS ABOVE OUR OWN.

CORE VALUES

Our culture at Armor Express is built upon six core values. These tenets craft our products, guide our decisions, and demand continuous improvement in everything we do.

Customer Focused – We will always place our customers’ needs above our own.

Safety is our Priority – We will always ensure that every product we source or produce has the highest quality and safety controls – we are saving lives.

Innovation Never Stops – We will always look to innovate in everything we do to benefit our customers and our Company.

Integrity and Respect – We will always make ethical decisions, be transparent with our customers and colleagues and treat each other with dignity and respect.

Collaboration and Teamwork – We will always collaborate with all stakeholders in mind to ensure successful outcomes.

Accountability is a Must – We will always hold ourselves and our colleagues accountable for actions and results, with a goal of exceeding commitments and deadlines.

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

PRODUCT MANUFACTURERS AND KEY ALLIANCES

The customer comes first and whether we manufacture or source products, our goal is to ensure they have the protection needed for their mission-specific requirements. That is why we have aligned with industry leaders in ballistic technology, carrier designs, accessories, helmets, plates, and shields. Our responsibility is protection.

WEAVERS AND FIBER MANUFACTURERS

The relationships forged with industry leaders around the world enable us to continuously enhance our ballistic solutions and in turn, bring to market the lightest, most flexible, ergonomically designed ballistic packages for all end-users.

MATERIALS, FABRICS AND TECHNOLOGY

Ballistics and carriers, and in many cases, hard armor plates form a system – each designed differently to address our customers’ needs. Having access to the latest technologies, machinery, processes, and know-how is critical and enables us to deliver the most advanced protective solutions in the industry.

IN THE NEWS

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RECENT SAVES

Armor Express strives to honor those who have faced death in the name of protecting the peace. The AE Saves program, constantly changing to meet the needs of officers and their families, continues to adapt and develop as the community grows. With each save, we learn more about officer and family needs, and how we can be a conduit for healing.

OUR CULTURE OF SAVING LIVES CONTINUES

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05-26-2020

Detective David Ljiljanich

City of Tonawanda PD, NY

Shot multiple times (2 in vest), .223

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03-25-2020

Detective Brian Cooper

NYE, County Sheriff’s Office, NV

Shot multiple times

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01-13-2020

Cpl. James Nielsen

Gary Police Department, IN

Shot in vest

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01-13-2020

Cpl. Artibey

Gary Police Department, IN

Hit with Shrapnel

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12-31-2019

Cpl. Charles Hinckle

Federal Way Police Department, WA

Shot with 9mm handgun in chest

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12-22-2019

Ofc. Timothy Hinton

Waterville Police Department, MN

Shot with .223 pistol

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08-03-19

Officer Dustin Darling

La Crosse, WI Police Department

Shot in chest, .45

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05-30-19

Constable Calcut

Manitoba First Nations Police

Stabbed in kidneys, neck and head

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04-29-19

Officer Matt Zalewski

Seagraves Police Department, TX

Shot seven times after a car chase, two shots to the chest