Eden, NC Company Awarded $40 Million U.S. Army Contract

KDH Defense Systems, Inc. (“KDH”), a leading manufacturer of American-made, high-performance protective solutions, announced that it has been awarded two separate delivery orders from the U.S. Army totaling approximately $40.0 million.

KDH received a $31.5 million delivery order from the Army Contracting Command to produce the Modular Scalable Vest (“MSV”) Generation II.

KDH also received a delivery order valued at $9.0 million from the Army Contracting Command to produce the Blast Pelvic Protectors (“BPPs”).

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These are new fair opportunity awards stemming from the contracts the Company initially won in 2015. All production will be performed at KDH’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Eden, NC, with an estimated completion date of June 2020.

Jim Henderson, Chief Executive Officer of the holding company that owns both Armor Express and KDH Defense Systems stated, “We continue to receive large-scale orders from the U.S. Armed Forces and various Federal agencies, which we believe are a testament to our manufacturing capabilities, technological skillsets and most important, our commitment to customers. We are also expanding our domestic and international law enforcement business, with the bulk of production being performed in our Central Lake facility. We’re investing in our business, enhancing our talent, and strengthening relationships with our supply chain and technology partners, which we believe will benefit our customers as we move into the 2nd half of the year and for years to come. It is our honor to serve our customers and deliver the solutions they need to ensure their safety.”

Founded in 2003, KDH began with a mission to provide law enforcement, federal agencies, and the United States Department of Homeland Security with the highest quality American-made body armor available in today’s continually evolving protective apparel market.  The company’s Eden facility includes armor cutting, sewing, and ballistic design, as well as product development, sales, and administration.

In 2018, KDH Defense merged with Armor Express, a manufacturer and distributor of high-performance body armor solutions based in Central Lake, Michigan. The combined companies serve the U.S. Armed Forces, Department of Defense, federal and domestic law enforcement professionals, and various international agencies across the world.

The company has approximately 150 employees in Eden and chose to locate its production and headquarters in Rockingham County because of the available manufacturing space in a vacant building and access to skilled textile workers due to the region’s rich history in the textile industry.