Schott DiamondView Armor Products LLC of Boothwyn has boosted employment to 90, from 17 earlier this year, to handle a contract to build "transparent armor systems" (bulletproof glass) for Oshkosh Corp.'s $1 billion M-ATV all-terrain vehicles to fight the US war in Afghanistan, marketing chief Katie MacIntyre told me. (I wrote awhile back about another, bigger Delco war contract at Aston-based, UK-owned Alloy Surfaces Inc. here.)
Schott, owned by Germany's Schott AG, bought the plant in January from a partnership between Schott and Marlton investor Robert A. Lipinski's Dynamic Defense Materials LLC. MacIntyre declined to say what Schott has invested in the plant. Dynamic Defense didn't respond to my message.
As part of Dynamic Defense, the plant won previous Pentagon business through "earmark" appropriations arranged by former US Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., who received campaign contributions from Dynamic employees, the Inquirer reported in 2006. US Sen Arlen Specter, D-Pa, praised the Schott deal when it was first announced in August.