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The Armor Group History

In 1927, the Edward C. Bott family started Armor Metal Products in downtown Cincinnati. The company’s products were primarily steel workbenches, shop cabinets, and tables. Steel was delivered to the building and each sheet was individually unloaded by hand and stored in the basement of the building.

In 1948, the Bott family moved the business to Beekman Street just 5 miles north of downtown. Armor continued to manufacture various industrial products with an employment base of 20-50 workers depending on current demand.

During the 1970’s, Armor was purchased by LeBlond Machine Tool Company to assist in the fabrication of LeBlond lathes. LeBlond changed the company name to Armor Metal Fabrication. Business was strong as LeBlond lathes were a necessary tool for many machine shops. Beginning in the 1980’s the LeBlond family began selling ownership in the machine tool company to Makino. The LeBlond name eventually changed to LeBlond Makino and then to just Makino as the Japanese company bought 100% ownership from the LeBlond family. Makino decided to exit the lathe business to focus on machining centers. Although Armor continued to fabricate various components for Makino, after the lathes business was gone, Armor became more of a job shop doing work for other OEM’s.

In 1996, Makino decided to exit the fabrication business to dedicate resources to their expanding machine tools business. Armor was put up for sale and sold to the current shareholders. Since 1996, Armor has purchased Williamson Metal Works (Madison, Indiana), Beckwith Grinding (Hamilton, Ohio), Cincinnati Industrial Machinery (Cincinnati, Ohio), Armor Mobile Systems (Cincinnati, Ohio), AF Industries (Cincinnati, Ohio), Mokry Tesmer (Middletown, Ohio), PrimeSource MetalWorks (Cincinnati, Ohio), Witt Industries (Cincinnati, Ohio), George Manufacturing (Lebanon, Ohio), Victory Industrial Products (Batavia, Ohio), PQ Shelters (Woodstock, Illinois), Andre Corporation (Elkhart, Indiana), Processall (Woodlawn, Ohio), the Kamlok™ brand from Pridecast Metals (Cincinnati, Ohio), and Cullip Industries (Elkhart, Indiana).

With Armor's acquisitions and growth, we now offer full service contract manufacturing along with our own product lines of waste and recycling receptacles, cleaning and finishing systems for the metal and food industries, specialty mobile medical vehicles, generator enclosures, fuel tanks, and trailers, and utility and telecommunications shelters. In 2000, Armor moved the Beekman Street operation to a newer and larger facility in Sharonville, Ohio. Our continued growth generated the need for an even larger facility and in 2006, Armor moved its Sharonville operation to a 315,000 square foot facility in Mason, Ohio. Later, Armor opened facilities in Shanghai, China, Lebanon, Ohio and Elkhart, Indiana.

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