Revision’s Newport facility awarded development grant, looking to grow to over 200 employees

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NEWPORT — A manufacturer of protective helmets, armor, and other equipment for military, law enforcement, and special operations in Newport, has been awarded a workforce development grant, and the company says they are looking to grow to more than 200 people in the near future.

The Vermont Training Program grant Revision was recently awarded totaled $160,967.

The funding will support the cross-training of existing employees in manufacturing steps to increase capacity and productivity at the company’s Newport facility.

Revision Ballistics says they are seeking to evolve production to reduce waste while still ensuring top-quality products.

The training will be led by in-house employee experts and will last eight months.

“This training will have a transformational effect in providing our customers world-class protection, growing the vitality of our operations here in Vermont, and expanding career opportunities for Vermonters,” Scott McClure, plant operations director said.

To date, Revision Ballistics has sold more than 1.1 million helmets to the U.S. military, an additional 300,000 helmets internationally and more than eight million units of spectacles, goggles, and Rx carrier adapters worldwide.

The company has recently begun manufacturing power management and integrated systems as well.

The Newport facility is the primary site for helmet and armor manufacturing.

Between 2013 and 2016, the facility expanded by 16,000 square feet and the number of employees more than doubled.

In 2017, the Newport facility had 186 employees and is looking to grow to more than 200 people in the near future.

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