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Made In Buffalo: Buffalo Armory

Aug 1, 2014|

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-- -- Copper coils around this deal. Tony -- 3000 volts of electricity. Creates a magnetic field which creates heat retired major general John Batiste as president. The buffalo armory where they developed a different way of heat treating steal and a new start up and military road and can more avenue in town want to. Our end result is a very unique micro structure in this deal which protects simultaneously. Against armor piercing. And a -- threat from a I ET a roadside bomb no other farmers do that. It's amazing technology -- Nicholson basically created his production line from scratch. Just -- but it's pretty simple in the way that the material -- down our line induction heating has been around for very long time it is typically involves. -- -- mentioning parts for Carter's you know small pieces. No one's ever. Applied the process the way we do. To heat very quickly and it's -- very fast process for us and that micro structures created within a very short amount of time. And we have a robotic -- blogs and you'll see robust. And nobody while the heart of the park usually comes right up to it stops if it were ever to stop inside their oil at the high degree that we needed to. It would be molten metal in the us the welding takes place goes through free oil. And it goes through quench pars and -- right down that's for the micro structures created. And then it goes through a temper of -- -- to toughen them throw -- the fuel that's recreate the ballistic properties. Our entire production line if you look at it now about a 150 feet long. Most of that and Ayers inspectors and so forth. The actual sweet spot where we do all the magic is about forty feet long. Compare that to a large integrated -- less energy more efficient quicker it's the future for making high strength steel and armor that in our view is gonna replace everything as we go forward. This is a ballistics inside the conference -- buffalo armory one of the tables stacked with pieces of metal. Each one dotted with bullet holes on the front. And as president John Batiste is proud to show no penetration of those ballots through the back they shoot the M eighty ball which is a 762 round full metal jacket. Into an eight inch diameter circle and you can't have any penetrations that this is pretty unique stuff. On the production line they use special oil to heat treat the metal. It heats things faster than most places do making for a lot of special properties they say are ideal for body armor. And it's created a market that has manager Brent Nicholson fairly optimistic. Eighteen numbers apparently. You know we can see ourselves growing -- multiple ships probably between ten and twelve. People per shift within the next six months. Even at a time when some of the region's other big defense and aerospace companies think smoked for example. Have moved into things like health care products or even parts from roller coasters Batiste says their difference makes them different. In the future family of armored vehicles that our country now is designing the designers are looking for something that weighs less we're gonna make vehicles -- -- we're gonna make him more affordable. It's the perfect storm right now it's exactly what. The Defense Department needs -- respect to a very shrunken budget talk about the challenges of being especially -- All about cash flow is net you know and that's that's our day today challenge right now and and balancing expenses and and cash were happy to say that that is starting to come right now orders that were filling right now or for the commercial sector hardened structures and safe rooms for example. There's a company in California that needs to buy. A lot of high strength steel for signs and guard rails on highways we have something really unique -- and product behaves. Not according to the rules as we know them. So it's kind of exciting to be on the cutting edge of something like this. We started out about three years ago to figure out a way to heat treat steal a little bit differently to create a better armor. It's all about induction heating. Different way to process they. And we created this wonderful machine that you're gonna see shortly it is now patent approved. As of the eighteenth of July the way we do it. Which is very different from anybody else all the way they've created a production line appropriately enough and some renters face off military road. And they also nudged the US government into a new policy on made in America goods for the military most of the armor. In the world today is produced. By companies whose owners are Indian Swedish. Russian. Well which is fine but this is all about creating. Armor and high strength steel in America for Americans. By American owned companies and do you folks help. Get the Department of Defense to see that that was a good thing to do we did back in 2009. Because demand far outpace supplies that Department of Defense changed the rules to allow -- field to be melted overseas. That was destined to be an American armor for our troops in. Early 2013. We joined forces would Nucor Corp. and our state delegations to include senators Schumer and Gillibrand. And in April 2013. The rules were changed that now require. -- destined for use by the US Department of Defense to be melted and made in the USA. Does that eliminate. A lot of your competition it doesn't eliminated all by any means because many of these large foreign corporations have mills in the United States. It's a good step forward I think the next step ought to be that the armor ought to be produced in the USA like. It is now but by American owned companies.