Ottawa-based CoorsTek has acquired the assets of BLS Textiles Inc. of Cambridge ON and will integrate the production equipment, technology and existing contracts into its subsidiary DEW Engineering & Development ULC. DEW is a well established leader in military vehicle armour upfitting, design, manufacturing and integration. The acquisition extends DEW and CoorsTek vehicle armour solutions to protect officers across a range of police, security and law enforcement agencies.
DEW becomes the only ballistic door panel manufacturer able to pass the stringent National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Level III and Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) standards for ballistic protection. Specific OEM solutions meeting these industry standards are available for factory and retrofit installation in several of the most popular police sedan and utility models in North America.
These ballistic door panels incorporate CoorsTek CeraShield ceramic armor into a custom insert that converts a vehicle door into a protective shield. “We are proud to expand our armour capabilities into the law enforcement sector to help protect those who protect us,” said Ian Marsh, President of DEW Engineering & Development. “Now the combined capabilities of CoorsTek and DEW span the entire process of equipping police, security, and military vehicles with armour protection – from the design and manufacture of hard armour systems through turnkey vehicle integration.”