Alloy Surfaces Co. Inc. says it's won a $74.2 million contract from the Air Force, and an $8.6 million Navy contract, to build more than one million "special material decoys" used by fighters, helicopters and other military aircraft to distract pursuers.  Release here.

"This keeps us going real well for the next two years," Alloy Surfaces president John LaFemina told me. "We make infrared decoys. It's a one-by-one-by-eight inch metal can. Material comes out and forms this infrared source that's more attractive" to enemy missiles "than the aircraft."

Alloy, owned by UK-based Chemring Group Plc, won't add many jobs to handle the order. Instead, it prevents layoffs, LaFemina said.