01.14.14

Leahy: New Advanced Helmet Contract Is Expected To Bring 43 Jobs Back To Newport

(MONDAY, Jan. 13, 2014) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) says a new Defense Department contract with Revision, the Vermont-based manufacturer that specializes in protective gear for service members and first responders, is expected to bring 43 jobs back to Newport, Vt.

The contract with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is a $21 million award for 90,000 Advanced Combat Helmets (ACH) primarily to be delivered during 2014 and 2015.  If this development is coupled with selection of Revision to proceed as a development partner for the Integrated Head Protection System (IHPS) next generation helmet in future phases, Leahy expects the presence of helmet manufacturing work to be secured in Newport for the next several years, despite overall reductions in defense spending.

Leahy is the most senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and of its Defense Subcommittee, which handles the Senate’s work in writing the annual defense budget bills.  He has long supported Revision’s cutting-edge work on soldier protective systems such as protective eyewear.  Leahy’s matchmaking efforts with Revision and Defense Department agencies, buttressed by the funding he has secured through his work on the Appropriations Committee, have given the firm the chance to prove its technology, earn its superb reputation for quality and innovation, and build strong links to potential customers.

Leahy said, “I’m proud of the key role that Vermonters have taken in making protection systems for our troops.  Vermont is becoming known for this manufacturing specialty, for good reasons.  Since we first began talking about Revision coming to Newport, they have been a dedicated corporate citizen.  With this contract Vermonters will continue to have access to good quality manufacturing jobs, and our men and women in the field will continue to have access to good quality protection in the field.” 

“We’re a proven and dependable supplier having delivered over a million helmets across the entire helmet size spectrum from the Newport manufacturing facility,” said Jonathan Blanshay, CEO of Revision.  “In addition to leveraging existing manufacturing technologies to deliver head protective solutions for today — like the ACH — we’re also shaping the future of soldier protection with innovative composite materials, new manufacturing processes and integrated designs. In addition to this contract, Revision was recently selected as a development partner for the U.S. Army’s Integrated Head Protection System (IHPS), that promises to become the Army’s next widely-fielded head protection system.  We couldn’t be prouder of these two accomplishments — for the company and for our employees.”

Under this contract, Revision will deliver 90,000 additional helmets to DLA for use throughout the Department of Defense from its line of ballistic helmets that include models for law enforcement agencies and first responders.  Revision won the larger of two contracts awarded by DLA because of its ability to provide a high-quality timely and cost-effective solution to an anticipated gap in protective headware in 2014 and 2015.

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