CADILLAC, Mich.—Avon Protection Systems Inc. has been awarded another sizable contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to produce the firm's M50 mask systems.
The U.S. manufacturing arm of Melksham, England-headquartered Avon Rubber P.L.C. will produce 135,000 M50 mask systems at its Cadillac plant, according to a spokeswoman for Avon, which designs and manufactures all of its masks at its facilities in the U.S. and the United Kingdom.
Value of the pact was estimated at $33 million and falls under the additional requirements option of a 10-year sole source U.S. Joint Services General Purpose Mask program contract the firm has with the defense department.
Production of the mask and components will commence in the near future, the spokeswoman said. The pact will provide Avon with continuous production of masks for the remainder of the financial year, she said, and “will give us good order coverage into 2015.”
“This U.S. order demonstrates the DOD's continued commitment to Avon's market leading high technology M50 mask to meet their complex operational requirements,” according to Peter Slabbert, chief executive of Avon Rubber.
Avon Protection's Cadillac facility houses a number of highly automated manufacturing processes, including those for the M50 mask's visor and its unique twin conformal filters, the spokeswoman noted.
She said the plant will not need to add additional personnel or machinery to help handle production of the rubber masks.
While the mask systems, including the pair of filters, will be made at the Cadillac factory, she said, some of the minor components and accessories will be sourced from local suppliers.