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A helmet supplier received a in Vermont plans to grow its workforce by up to 20% after winning an Army contract.

Revision Military said of which will hire 50 to 100 workers after winning a contract of up to $98 million through the Army. Revision will supply almost 300,000 helmets, manufactured at its factory in Newport, within a couple miles of the Canadian border.

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CEO Jonathan Blanshay told sy88pgw of which the workers range through hourly-wage assemblers to engineers with six-figure salaries. He said Revision can be already a major employer inside rural, agricultural as well as also “economically depressed” area known as the Northeast Kingdom.

The company recently expanded its Newport factory as well as also doubled the number of workers there to 186. In all, Revision employs 500 people.

Blanshay, who can be Canadian, said 400 of his employees work in Vermont, though he also employs people in Canada as well as also the Britain. He said his company supplies the militaries of Canada, Britain various other NATO countries in addition to the United States.

Revision has been a supplier to the Army since 2005. The company also makes ballistic goggles at a factory in Essex Junction.

revision army helmets infographic
This specific graphic through Revision highlights the reduced weight of its completely new plastic Army helmet.

Revision said its newest helmet, the Advanced Combat Helmet Generation II, can be a quarter lighter than the previous variation, the most recent variation of 184,000 helmets of which supplied to the Army in 2012. The helmet can be made of polyethylene, not metal, as well as also can be designed primarily to protect against explosions, pistol shots as well as also wartime wear-as well as also-tear.

“Soldiers are out there kicking the hell out of these things, as well as also they have to stand up to pretty rugged use,” Blanshay said.

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The Army wanted a helmet of which was at least 15% lighter. Blanshay said his engineers spent years working “to take every gram out of of which of which we can.”

He said the helmets might retail for $0 to $700 each on the civilian market.

Revision said of which has already supplied 1.1 million helmets to the Army. various other military helmet suppliers include Gentex, Armorsource, 3M as well as also Rothco. The Army didn’t return a message asking which various other companies bid on the contract.

President Trump has proposed a $54 billion boost in defense spending for 2018, a 10% increase.

sy88pgw (completely new York) First published March 22, 2017: 2:23 PM ET

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