ARMOR Recognized by Forbes as a Small Giant

Forbes Small Giants: 25 Companies That Believe Smaller is Better:

Press Release: Even a global pandemic can’t keep a good company down and we here at Armor Protective Packaging® are celebrating BIG over the news that we were recognized by Forbes as a Small Giant!  ARMOR is one of only 25 small companies in the United States to receive the annual award that is given to recognize companies that value “greatness over growth.”

Small Giant award nominees are selected based on six qualities:  purpose, leadership, finance, customers, community, company culture and also on what Forbes calls “incredible ‘mojo.’”

“I read Bo Burlingham’s book ‘Small Giants-Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big’ in about 2007 and I remember thinking these companies sound a lot like us,” said David Yancho, Vice President and co-owner of ARMOR.  “In fact, one of our core values is ‘Good is the enemy of Great,’ meaning we take everything we do and we try to make it not just good, not just satisfactory, but to make it great – it’s a lofty goal and it can, at times, be daunting but frankly, when we see the results it gives us energy or what Forbes calls ‘incredible mojo.’”

As a company, ARMOR has been a leader in the field of rust prevention and rust removal for more than 40 years.  During that time, founder John Holden expanded this Michigan-based company to include customers in more than 25 countries.   “We provide rust preventative packaging materials and liquids to more than 90% of the Fortune 500 industrial companies,” said Robin McConnell, President and co-owner of ARMOR.  “ARMOR has always valued growth but, that growth has always been balanced with making sure our culture stays intact.”

It’s no secret that as a company, ARMOR prides itself on a culture that supports work-life balance and that encourages employees to be authentic, have fun and put relationships and people before profits. “Another of our core values is being auFUNtic, it’s a name we invented to describe being authentic, genuine and fun,” explained Yancho.  “Our team is engaged, hardworking and knowledgeable, but they are also approachable and ‘real,’ a combination that is really important to us. We wanted to create an environment where people want to be here, where they are happy, valued and are able to do their best work.”

“Being named a Small Giant is a true testament to the entire ARMOR team at a time when we truly couldn’t be prouder,” said Yancho.  “During these past couple of months as we have negotiated and struggled through the coronavirus pandemic, I can’t count how many times Robin and I have said, ‘we have a GREAT team…we are very blessed.”  Forbes Magazine said it best, as a 2020 Forbes’ Small Giant, ARMOR has incredible mojo!

How to Prevent Rust During Work Stoppage

Prevent Shutdown Rust

With production stopped in many plants across the nation and around the world, it’s crucial to plan accordingly to protect your metal parts from rust. Preventing rust during work stoppage will make it easier to return to work and continue operations when possible. There are several ways to prevent rust during work stoppage, and exercising this preventative maintenance step will protect your parts in the future.

How to Prevent Rust During Work Stoppage

Rust occurs whenever metal is exposed to moisture and oxygen. This also includes humidity in the air. The only way to prevent rust is to prevent metal from coming into contact with moisture and oxygen, though this can be a challenge. ARMOR Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor (VCI) makes it easy.

ARMOR VCI products provide a shield against rust by preventing air and moisture from contacting the metal surface. There are several types of ARMOR VCI, so you can easily protect products of all types. ARMOR VCI is mess-free, oil free, safe, environmentally-friendly and easy to use for all types of metal components. There’s no need for messy grease or oil, or hazardous rust-removal products. With a single sheet of paper or film, you can effortlessly prevent rust during work stoppage at your manufacturing plant, warehouse, or other facility.

Worker placing part inside container with ARMOR POLY

VCI Film

VCI film creates a protective shield around metal by combining low-density polyethylene film with vapor corrosion inhibitor technology. Available in rolls, sheets, bags or tubing, VCI film is highly versatile and easy to use for small and large components. With six different types, including VCI film for outdoor use, use in harsh indoor environments, and VCI film that stretches, you can easily protect all types of metal components from rust.

Worker placing part inside ARMOR WRAP paper

VCI Paper

VCI paper combines Kraft paper with VCI technology to make a lightweight, rust-preventative paper. Simply wrap metal parts in VCI paper and the VCI ions will fill the space, creating a protective shield around the part. These ions repel moisture and prevent rust from forming, without creating any grease or residue on the part itself.

ARMOR SHIELD CF33 Emitter placed on top of parts

VCI Emitters

VCI emitters work similarly to VCI paper by producing VCI ions that displace and repel moisture. VCI emitters give off rust-preventing ions from polyether foam or chipboard hosting the VCI protective technology. By simply placing the VCI emitter into an enclosed space, such as a sealed box, crate, or bag, the VCI ions will displace moisture and prevent rust from forming on any metal parts in the enclosed space.

Worker spraying Dry Coat Rust Preventative on gear

Dry Coat Rust Preventative Spray

In most cases, ARMOR VCI rust prevention solutions will effectively stop rust on your parts or equipment. However, VCI film, paper, or emitters won’t work suit your needs, we also provide a rust prevention liquid: Dry Coat. This is not like using oil or grease. Dry Coat is sprayable, easy to apply, and dries fast, within 30 minutes, leaving no mess behind. Our water-based solution is also safe and environmentally friendly, so there are no risks to your facility or workers.

With over 140 rust prevention and rust removal products that are a part of our Stock & Ready program in which our products are in-stock and ready-to-ship, we make it easy to prevent rust during work stoppage, or get back going again if rust hits. Use these rust-preventing products to keep your parts and components safe and secure during shut-down, so you can get started again with ease.

Prevent Rust During Any Shutdown

Our free guide will help your metal remain rust free!

Prevent Work Stoppage Rust PDFWith production stopped, it’s crucial to plan accordingly to protect your metal parts from rust. When it comes to rust prevention for more than 40 years Armor Protective Packaging® has offered a full line of rust prevention and rust removal products that a re clean, safe, easy to use, and extremely effective at preventing rust on your metal parts during a work stoppage.