Warwick Mills scores $94.3 million contract from Army for body armor
The contract is the largest in the recent history of Warwick Mills, according to president and chief engineer Charlie Howland, who joined the company in 1991.
He predicted that Warwick, with 130 employees, would hire additional workers to meet the production demands, but he could not say how many or when.
The company is also building a biomass energy plant to increase its production capacity.
The multi-thread products are designed to protect against bullets or shrapnel, as well as spike or knife attacks.
Holland described the bidding process as fully competitive, but the ability of the Warwick material to protect against multiple threats made the difference. "Many of the competitors tried to do it, but they didn't have 20 years of experience," he said.
According to the company website, Warwick Mills, incorporated in 1888, is now the oldest operating textile mill in New Hampshire.
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