ARMOR Puts the Brakes on 2020 ARMOR Great Pumpkin Classic Car Show – Stay Tuned for 2021 Show!

ARMOR is putting on the brakes for its 2020 ARMOR Great Pumpkin Classic Car Show, but the wheels are already in motion for the 2021 car show, so stay tuned!

The planning committee of the ARMOR Great Pumpkin Classic Car Show didn’t want to do it, but in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 ARMOR Great Pumpkin Classic Car Show has been cancelled.  Health and safety in the workplace and in the community is the top priority and the reason for this year’s cancellation.

The proceeds of this annual event are donated each year to the local chapter of the Salvation Army to benefit the communities of Livingston County.  Especially during these unique and uncertain times, please consider making an individual donation of your time or resources to them at www.salvationarmylivingston.org.

Over the past 13 years, this classic car show has grown in size, participation and reputation; from the first show held in 2007 with 40 cars, to recent years where 450 cars attended. To date, this event has raised over $171,000.

Plans for 2021 are in overdrive and we are going to rally!  Mark your calendar now for October 2, 2021, the date for the 13th annual ARMOR Great Pumpkin Classic Car Show.  For additional information and to register for the 2021 show, contact us at greatpumpkin@armorvci.com

What’s New: ARMOR is a Proud Vendor of B’laster Hand Sanitizer

ARMOR Employee with Hand Sanitizer

ARMOR wants to lend a hand; As Armor Protective Packaging® continues to work in partnership with the B’laster Corporation, the old saying “One Hand Washes the Other” has a whole new meaning! ARMOR is now a proud vendor of B’laster Hand Sanitizer! Available in a convenient 8.5 oz. pump spray top, B’laster Hand Sanitizer helps make the job of reducing bacteria in the workplace clean, safe and easy.

Order now! Inventory of B’laster Hand Sanitizer is now in-stock and ready-to-ship! Due to high demand, quantities may be limited. ARMOR is offering B’laster Hand Sanitizer for purchase in pallets each contains 140 cases/1680 bottles.

To get your hands on a case or a pallet, contact us at: Orders@armorvci.com

We Are Open: Defense and Energy Industrial Base Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

ARMOR full product line

Dear Valued ARMOR Customers and Supply Partners,

Today, March 23, 2020, the Governor of Michigan announced a “Stay at Home” Executive Order No. 2020-21 requiring the temporary requirement to suspend all activities not deemed necessary to sustain or protect life. While Armor Protective Packaging is deemed a critical infrastructure company, and will remain open, we want to assure you we are doing everything we can to take all precautions to keep our employees and their families safe during these extraordinary times.

ARMOR supplies various industrial companies with critical products including the Defense, Energy and Transportation sectors. We have received communication from Defense contractors and the Department of Defense asking that we maintain the ability to supply needed product. On March 16, 2020 the President of the United States issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America. This guidance states that: ”If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security…… you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.”

Because many other industrial sectors are shutdown, ARMOR is maintaining a skeleton crew to process and ship orders. Nearly all of our office personnel are working remotely to limit the number of people we have in our facility. Two weeks ago we instituted Best Practices as communicated by the CDC regarding cleaning and disinfecting guidelines as it pertains to COVID19. We are doing everything we can to assure a safe working environment.

As the situation changes rapidly, we will contact you should we anticipate any changes to your orders or delivery. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your ARMOR representative or call 1-800-365-1117 or email us at info@armorvci.com.

Thank you for your support and please stay safe and healthy during these difficult times.

Sincerely,

David Yancho
Vice President
Armor Protective Packaging

COVID-19 Update To Our Customers

We recognize that with the constantly changing COVID-19 situation around the world, this is an unprecedented time for everyone — a time that, for many, is filled with uncertainty. Our hearts and thoughts go out to each and every one of you.

I want you to know you have our commitment to continue providing you with the products and services you depend on. For more than 40 years, ARMOR has put relationships with our partners, team members and the community at the forefront. This enduring mission continues to guide us as we closely monitor, assess and respond to this pandemic.

ARMOR is following the recommendations of health authorities as well as the directives issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

These include but are not limited to:

  • Enforcing protocols for any employee that has been in proximity of the virus or is symptomatic
  • Eliminating all non-essential travel among our teams and restricting access to our facilities
  • Expanding the deep cleaning and sanitation efforts at our facilities
  • Activating remote work scenarios for team members wherever possible
  • Practicing social distancing in any situation where interactions are unavoidable

The majority of the items that are used in the production of our products are sourced domestically. At this time, ARMOR does not anticipate any raw material supply challenges, or disruption to our production. If the situation arises, we are prepared to manage through the emergency.

Should any of our facilities be impacted by COVID-19 in the future, we have multiple extrusion locations, redundancy in coating lines in the US and Canada, and our Stock & Ready inventory is a built-in emergency supply reserve to draw from as well. These redundancies should mitigate any potential disruptions. We appreciate your continued trust in ARMOR to protect both your parts and reputation.

Sincerely,
Eric York
Supply Chain & Warehouse Manager
800-365-1117
eyork@armorvci.com

ARMOR USA is Putting the Wrap on your WRAP!

The ARMOR plant in Howell, Michigan, is the proud owner of a new Impulse L-Bar Sealer with Magna-Lock & Take-Away Product Conveyor and Industrial Fan Tunnel.  Whew – that is the long and technical name for our new shrink wrap machine and at ARMOR, we see this as a game changer in delivering our very best in both product and service to our customers.

You can’t argue with “un-science,” and at ARMOR we conducted our very own side-by-side comparison that we call the ARMOR WRAP® Drop Test.  Using a stack of 1000 sheets of 12 x 12 ARMOR WRAP, we compared the results of Paper Wrapped vs. Shrink Wrapped when dropped from a whopping 68 inches.  Check out our video and see for yourself how shrink wrap scored the knockout over paper wrap, hands down!

Let it be known, from here forward, that thanks to our new heat-sealing, shrink-wrapping  mechanical wizardry, ARMOR shrink wraps stacks of ARMOR WRAP® (say that 5 times fast, we dare you!) to bring you clean, protected and condensed packaging that is ideal for shipping or storage.

Cost of Rust = Cost of Quality

Rust is a destructive and expensive enemy of metal that can wreak havoc on a company in many ways — it can shut down an assembly line, cause re-work, prohibit successful completion of a Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), result in customer rejections, increase scrap costs, delay production, create health and safety concerns or lead to equipment failure. In the end, companies lose billions of dollars because of it each year.  In fact, a study by NACE International (The International Association of Corrosion Engineers) cites that the direct cost of corrosion in the U.S. is $276 billion (3.1% of Gross Domestic Product) and it is safe to assume that other industrialized nations are experiencing corrosion issues of a comparable magnitude.

Contributing further to the list of rust and corrosion issues that companies face is the growing shift towards international purchasing and shipping and the ever-increasing cost of energy and resources.  In the end, what is left is a significant worldwide corrosion issue.

As a result of these challenges, the need for cost-effective rust prevention methods in metal manufacturing and fabrication companies is vital. Safeguarding metal-based products from rust and corrosion while they are in-process, in storage, or in shipment and transport not only protects the metal, it also protects the bottom line.

To start, many companies do not have a good grasp on how much a problem with rust is truly costing them.  There are several factors that contribute to the “cost of rust” or put another way, the cost of quality.  When a corrosion problem occurs, the following factors are present:

Labor Costs

  • Communication of rust complaint by customer service, sales and operations.
  • Meetings held with engineering, quality, customer service, and production to determine the root cause of the problem, plans for re-work or scrap, scheduling of additional parts or re-work and follow up communication back to the customer on defined action plans and resolution.
  • Inspection of materials to determine the disposition.
  • Re-work of the materials to remove the rust.

Shipping/Receiving Costs

  • The company incurs the cost of the return shipment of the rejected metal product back to their facility as well as the fees to ship new or de-rusted product back to the customer a second time.

Material Costs

  • The “price tag” on the materials needed to either remove the rust from the metal or to produce new product is significant.
  • The additional packaging costs to re-ship the product to the customer.

Opportunity Costs

  • An often overlooked consideration is the loss of opportunity cost that is the result of a rust problem. During the process of investigation and problem solving of the customer-reported problem, the company is unable to produce metal parts for other customers during this crisis.
  • Additionally, there are lost opportunity costs related to operations and/or engineering whose attention is diverted to problem solving rather than furthering new projects.

Reputation Costs

  • Perhaps the largest cost that a rust problem can cause is damage to your company’s reputation.
  • Your entire company and brand suffers when there is a rust issue – it undermines the trust and confidence customers have in your abilities to service them.

At ARMOR, we equate the cost of rust with the cost of quality and one quality measure you cannot, should not, hands-down, never ever skimp on is cheap VCI (vapor corrosion inhibitor).  When it comes to VCI for rust prevention, we stand by the motto “you get what you pay for.”  Take a load off and watch this expose on the pitfalls of choosing a cheap VCI to protect your metal and metal parts – it’s a game changer in the perception of the value of a “good deal.”

If rust and corrosion cost your company time, resources and money, let ARMOR show you why we call ourselves Eradicators of Rust.  We have a full line of rust prevention products that contain ARMOR’s proprietary VCI Nanotechnology™ (our top-shelf “secret recipe” for vapor corrosion inhibitors) that are clean, safe, easy-to-use and effective.