NEWPORT (AP) -- A Vermont company with a contract to produce 90,000 helmets for the U.S. military at a Newport plant added 47 jobs to help meet the terms of the contract.
Revision Military CEO Jonathan Blanchay said the first few thousand helmets that are part of the $21 million contract shipped Monday.
The new contract and jobs are a contrast to last fall, before Revision won the contract, when the company had to lay off 35 workers. It was the second layoff of 2013.
Blanchay tells the Caledonian Record the company is doing research under a second contract to develop the next generation of helmets and head gear for U.S. soldiers. It’s hoped those helmets will also be made in Newport.
Over the years the Newport facility has produced more than 1 million helmets for the military.
U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, who helped the company win the contract, toured the Newport plant on Tuesday.
"I was proud to know American men and women are getting the absolute best," Leahy said of the helmets.
Revision Military also has a plant in Essex Junction where it makes specialized military eyewear and employs 125 people.