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Body armor company donates $6M worth of COVID-19 face shields to NYC DOE

A Maryland body armor company is donating 2 million face shields to the Department of Education worth $6 million, officials said Wednesday. The firm, Hardwire LLC, said it made the contribution out of a kinship with New York City that originated with the 9/11 attacks. Selim Algar, New York Post Read...

Hardwire Donates Two Million Face Shields to New York City Schools

Hardwire Donates Two Million Face Shields to New York City Schools

POCOMOKE CITY, MD -- Hardwire, LLC, the leading provider of life saving armor solutions to the military, law enforcement, schools and businesses, is proud to announce its donation of two million face shields to New York City’s Department of Education. The donation will help the country’s largest school system to...

Harris Announces Award of $57M U.S. Army Contract, Including Eastern Shore Employer

WASHINGTON- U.S. Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) announced the award of a more than $57 million federal contract to three military contractors across the country, including Hardwire, LLC, located in Pocomoke City.  Read More

Hardwire protects more than a Million with its Face Shields

Hardwire protects more than a Million with its Face Shields

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  POCOMOKE CITY, MD (MAY 15, 2020) – Hardwire, LLC is proud to announce it has manufactured and distributed well over 1 million of its COVID-19 protective Face Shields in just over one month. As the leading manufacturer of protective armor, the Hardwire team has scaled its production...

DRBA Police Department Welcomes Donation Of Face Shields

DRBA Police Department Welcomes Donation Of Face Shields

Cummings’ fundraising campaign, which can be found here, has raised more than $8,000 to purchase and distribute PPE to law enforcement professionals in Delaware. Cummings is coordinating with Hardwire LLC, a Maryland vendor that is providing the face shields at bulk pricing. To read the entire article, please visit here. ...

How one company went from making military armor to face shields in coronavirus fight

"SALISBURY, Md. — The goal of Hardwire, an armor manufacturer in Pocomoke City, has always been about improving the "survivability of human beings." For 19 years that's meant supplying military-strength armor to clients across the world, but now it means producing face shields for doctors and nurses as they battle the...

Masks, shields given to hospitals

"Hardwire, boutique change gears to provide protection to health care workers (April 2, 2020) Residents and companies in Worcester County are creating protective gear for  medical personnel and members of the community during the spread of covid-19 throughout the state. Hardwire LLC, a Pocomoke City manufacturer of protective armor used...

Gerber Technology Partners with Hardwire, LLC to Rapidly Expand Production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Hardwire, LLC added to its workflow to produce medical face shields. New York, New York, USA, April 2, 2020 - Gerber Technology has partnered with Hardwire, LLC, a manufacturer of protective armor, to produce face shields for medical professionals and first responders fighting COVID-19 on the front lines who desperately...

Two local companies making face shields for health care workers

"DELMARVA – Health care workers all across the country are experiencing a shortage of protective gear like face shields. But now two companies on Delmarva are doing what they can to change that." 47abc, Kyleigh Panetta Read More

Hardwire Steps Up To Produce Protective Face Shields For Hospital Staff

"BERLIN –  In an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, Hardwire LLC is now manufacturing face shields for medical personnel. The Pocomoke-based Hardwire is now producing protective face shields to provide hospital staff with added defenses as the ongoing coronavirus crisis continues. The company worked with front-line doctors and...

Hardwire Manufactures Face Shields to Protect Medical Personnel Combatting COVID-19

POCOMOKE CITY, MD (MARCH 27, 2020) – Hardwire, LLC, the leading manufacturer of protective armor used by the military, law enforcement and school systems, announced today that the Company will immediately begin manufacturing protective face shields for medical personnel combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. The addition of a separate Hardwire production...

Hardwire & Assateague Island Alliance Donate to Assateague Island National Park Rangers

OCEAN CITY, MD- With a partnership between Hardwire, LLC and Assateague Island Alliance (AIA), the National Park Service (NPS) will have an additional layer of bulletproof protection when on duty.   On Monday 9th, the NPS Rangers received 18 Bulletproof Clipboards from AIA via a donation from Hardwire. These clipboards...

Whitehouse Police Department receives ballistic shields from Smith County District Attorney's Office

By: Zak Wellerman March 4, 2020, Tyler Morning Telegraph   Through a collaboration with the Smith County District Attorney’s Office, Whitehouse police officers will now have improved protection in the event of dangerous situations. On Wednesday, the Whitehouse Police Department received two ballistic shields from the DA’s office. Whitehouse Police...

Body Armor: Lightweight & More Protection

Hardwire was featured in Officer Brendan Rodela's article in the LET Magazine this month for our lightweight hard armor plates. Rodela specifically wrote about our Standard Multi Curve Plate that weights only 3.05 lbs. and are NIJ certified at Level III. At Hardwire, we are proud to see leaders in law enforcement...

Hardwire Provides Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police with Boat Armor

Pocomoke, MD – The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police will be safer on the water with their new ballistic boat armor to protect them. Hardwire designed and provided the boat team with a shield, transparent armor wind screen, and stationary center console panel. Hardwire custom designed the armor to...

Hardwire to supply soft armor to the U.S. Marine Corps.

September 27, 2019 For Immediate Release HARDWIRE SELECTED TO SUPPLY SOFT ARMOR BALLISTIC PROTECTION TO THE U.S. MARINE CORPS FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS Pocomoke City, Maryland – The U.S. Marine Corps announced today that Hardwire, LLC (“Hardwire”), a leading manufacturer of armor and protective systems for military, law enforcement,...

Soft Armor Satisfaction - A Sheriff's Story

"The Hardwire Panels are the lightest, thinnest, and most comfortable panels I’ve ever worn in my 28 year career. You have a customer for life. " -Sergeant T.D. Layman

Ohio prosecutor offering shields to schools to protect against shootings

Public and private schools in Union County are being offered a new safety tool Thursday, but with the hope that it’s never needed. County Prosecutor Dave Phillips has purchased 25 ballistic shields designed to protect against a school shooter. “It's like a fire extinguisher. All the schools have fire extinguishers,”...

What Products are Right for Your Kids?

Hardwire's Founder/CEO, George Tunis, was featured on Fox 45 Baltimore to educate families regarding the many levels of protection Hardwire makes keep your kids safe, both in and out of the classroom.

WATCH FOX46 WJZY: Bulletproof products advertised to stop an AR-15 are put to the test

JULIAN, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - FOX 46 is putting armor advertised to stop an AR-15 to the test. The station planned a follow-up to our previous test on Friday, May 18. What we didn't plan was for a gunman to walk into a Texas high school killing 10 people that same day. ...

WCPS Installs 58 emergency response shields at schools across the county

Newark, MD, May 15, 2018– This week, Worcester County Public Schools in partnership with Hardwire, LLC, installed emergency shields within every school to augment existing safety protocols. At its March 20, meeting, the Worcester County Board of Education voted to accept an in-kind donation from Pocomoke City-based company Hardwire, LLC to...

Keeping Schools Safe: Special Report Police Magazine

Special Report: Keeping Schools Safe from Police Magazine. Building Police-School Relationships POLICE Survey: How Would You Make Schools Safer? You Have to Go In Crowd Control Tactical Medical Response Staging a School Shooting Response Drill Download the Special Report now.

Delmarva Now - Schools try bulletproof shields, patrols in wake of school shooting

Schools try bulletproof shields, patrols in wake of school shooting The Worcester Board of Education voted to accept $50,000 worth of donated bullet proof emergency shields from a Pocomoke-based manufacturer. Check out this story on delmarvanow.com: 

It is the thinnest, lightest and most impressive soft armor we've ever seen!

Test Hardwire soft body armor.

Thank you Curtis Blue Line, Safariland and SLCPD for sharing this great video evaluation of the Hardwire IIIA soft panel armor.

Fearing mass shootings, some schools turn to armored equipment

From: Fearing mass shootings, some schools turn to armored equipmentBy AFP - March 4, 2018 @ 10:18am BERLIN: Linda Bragg wrote a “quote of the day” on the small whiteboard in her classroom, a teaching aid that can double as a bullet-resistant shield in the event of a school shooting. The tablets, made...

CBS Philadelphia - Sales Of Bulletproof School Gear Skyrocket Following Deadly Florida Shooting

CBS Philadelphia reporting.  Follow the link below to view the story featuring Hardwire LLC. Sales Of Bulletproof School Gear Skyrocket Following Deadly Florida Shooting.  

Hardwire on Front Page of Wall Street Journal

As a result of the numerous, recent school shootings, including the latest school shooting in Florida, schools are becoming more serious about safety and preparedness for active shooter situations. Hardwire is on the front lines of this effort, working tirelessly to supply schools and families with the best armor solutions...

Hardwire Ballistic Window Inserts Stay Perfectly Intact During Full Airbag Deployment Crash

(image: abc7 NY) Three police officers racing to the scene of a dispute between a knife-wielding tenant and his landlord struck a utility pole with their Hardwire armored patrol car. Even through the high speed crash, Hardwire's Ballistic Window Inserts and Door Armor Panels stayed tightly in place and intact...

Philly PD unveils Hardwire's Bulletproof Windows and Door Armor on Patrol Cars

Hardwire Vehicle Armor

Hardwire's vehicle armor products are now protecting yet another major city with their innovative design and superior technology derived from advanced military applications. Click the video above to see more. 

Made On Delmarva: Hardwire

  Hardwire's feature on 47 ABC's Made On Delmarva POCOMOKE CITY, Md. - A little bit of protection in the right place, can help subtract bullets from the equation.  

Las Vegas Nevada- Largest Mass Shooting in Current U.S. History

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families, and friends of the Las Vegas shooting. As events like this continue to occur, Hardwire will continue to work tirelessly to provide immediate protection in the event of an active shooter situation. We have implemented bulletproof whiteboards in concert venues, sports...

Maryland State Police to pilot “B-Kit” Door Armor

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND, June 5, 2017 – Together with Governor Larry Hogan and Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel William Pallozzi, Hardwire, LLC announces that its Police Vehicle “B-Kit” Door Armor is being piloted by the Maryland State Police.   Hardwire’s "B-Kit” Door Armor was originally developed as a spin-off of military...

MSP, Hardwire Eye Pilot Program On Vehicle Door Armor

BERLIN – The Maryland State Police (MSP) has entered into a pilot program with Hardwire LLC to use the company’s Police Vehicle B-Kit door armor on a select number of police vehicles.

On Monday, Gov. Larry Hogan, MSP Superintendent Colonel William Pallozzi and Hardwire announced that some state police vehicles will be outfitted with bulletproof panels made in Pocomoke.

This will be the latest venture for the Pocomoke-based company, which manufactures protective gear for various agencies around the country.

Emily Tunis, president of Hardwire, said the door armor provides discrete exterior protection for state troopers.

Pocomoke's Hardwire creates ballistic armor for state police vehicles

A pilot program between the Maryland State Police and a Pocomoke City armor manufacturer is aiming to provide another layer of protection for state troopers.

Hardwire LLC, in conjunction with Gov. Larry Hogan and the state police, announced Monday, June 5 a pilot initiative to test its “Police Vehicle ‘B-Kit’ Door Armor,” on state law enforcement vehicles.

Hardwire's Hard Workers Program

The Hardwire’s Hard Workers Program is done in conjunction with Pocomoke Middle School.  Each month, Hardwire recognizes one employee as its “Hardwire Hard Worker.”  Additionally, each month, Pocomoke Middle School recognizes one male and one female as the school’s “Hardwire Hard Workers”.  Each student is given a Hardwire t-shirt, gets...

NYPD, mayor show off bulletproof glass for patrol cars

Article taken from: amny.com   The NYPD convened Tuesday what the commissioner called a “show and tell” of bullet-resistant glass and doors to be installed on more than 3,800 patrol vehicles. The bullet-resistant doors will be installed by the end of the year; the windows by the first half of...

WATCH: Mayor De Blasio & Police Commissioner O’Neill Update New Yorkers From NYPD Firearms & Tactics Range In The Bronx

http://nypdnews.com/2017/01/watch-mayor-de-blasio-police-commissioner-oneill-update-new-yorkers-from-nypd-firearms-tactics-range-in-the-bronx/  

NYPD to install bulletproof windows in all patrol cars

Article taken from nypost.com    Image: Chad Rachman   The de Blasio administration is planning to spend $10.4 million to outfit all NYPD patrol cars with bullet-resistant window inserts, according to City Hall officials. The plan is expected to be announced Tuesday when Mayor de Blasio unveils an $84.7 billion...

Innovative ballistic protection products on display at SHOT Show 2017

Taken from Policeone.com. Full article available here. I went to see Keith Fahl at Safariland to talk about some of the new innovations in ballistic panels. He was handing me panels and telling me the specs for each panel. Finally, he handed me a Safariland Hardwire front soft armor panel. (Photo/PoliceOne)...

Hardwire Soft Armor is the Lightest in the World

                          Hardwire's new soft armor is a combination of perfectly interlaced multi-functional fibers and game-changing polymer technology. Made of Dyneema® and pressured under 25 million pounds of force at precise temperatures, hardwire turns multiple layers of material into...

2016 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing

  Hardwire, LLC recognized as Champion of Manufacturing in the State of Maryland. George Tunis exemplifies "Increasing Growth Through Visionary Leadership" as George started Hardwire in 2000. For years, Hardwire focused on military vehicle protection, but George saw new opportunities, and expanded to protective systems for law enforcement and civilians....

Press Release: VPD Receives Public Safety Excellence Award

  PRESS RELEASE For immediate release: 11/28/2016 4:30 p.m.  Valdez, AK – The Valdez Police Department ALICE program received the Alaska Municipal League’s annual Public Safety Award of Excellence during a November 17th ceremony. Selected from amongst many deserving public safety programs, VPD’s ALICE active shooter program received statewide recognition...

Fire protection for bridges? ~ RV Catches Fire on Bridge

An RV caught fire while crossing the Delaware Memorial Bridge causing a destructive blaze on the Eastbound lanes. Thankfully all the occupants managed to escape unharmed.This is a good example of why fire protection for bridges is a smart investment.  Hardwire Bridge Armor Solutions are designed to protect critical bridge components from...

Transformative Education: Interns at Work From Washington & Lee University

From W & L Transformative Education Feature Story          Walker Brand '18 Hometown: Roanoke, VA Major: EngineeringMinors: Computer Science and MathematicsCompany Name: Hardwire Armor SystemsLocation: Oak Hall, VAIndustry: DefensePosition: Intern     What attracted you to this internship? How did you learn about it? I knew that I wanted to...

Spinal Fusion: Scott's Story From Johns Hopkins Patient Stories

From John Hopkins Orthopaedic Surgery Patient StoriesOn a gorgeous summer day, Scott Kendall went out surfing—just as he’d always done when the opportunity presented itself. While catching a wave, Scott was knocked down and immediately felt tremendous pain. He knew he needed to get to a hospital. On arrival, Scott...

Q&A With George Tunis: Hardwire Founder Talks About How Company ‘Global In Reach’ Aims To Enhance Human Survivability

POCOMOKE — When Hardwire LLC founder George Tunis watches tragic events on the evening news, his hearts sinks like everyone else’s, but his mind goes right to work. Horrific events in our often violent world have inspired Tunis to develop products that have saved countless lives and may end up saving countless more. Hardwire’s massive manufacturing facility sits on the banks of the Pocomoke River in southern Worcester County and is the home base for the growing defense company that creates armor for everything from the military Hum-V’s on the front lines of war in the Middle East to the bulletproof whiteboards found in classrooms all over the globe.

Yet, for a guy who spends a lot of time dealing with classified information and projects, Tunis opened up to The Dispatch in a rare sit down about how homegrown innovation could help put a stop to some of the senseless violence we see in our world.

Gov. Larry Hogan visits Pocomoke's Hardwire LLC

In an effort to put a spotlight on a few of Maryland's local businesses, Gov. Larry Hogan, as well as Sen. Jim Mathias, visited Pocomoke City's Hardwire Armor Systems on Tuesday, June 21.

Founded in 2000 by George Tunis, Hardwire produces armor technology for application anywhere from the classroom to military environments. Beginning as a company specifically focused on building and bridge protection, Hardwire expanded to military and private armor following the events of 9/11.

Tunis talked about the roots of Hardwire to Hogan, while displaying photos of the decrepit building that once stood at Hardwire's site.

"The building was disgusting," Tunis said. "At the time, that was me alone. My mom cried when she saw the building."

HARDWIRE EXPANDING IN WORCESTER COUNTY, ADDING 20 JOBS

George Tunis of Hardwire

BALTIMORE, MD (June 21, 2016) – Hardwire LLC, a manufacturer of armored systems and other products headquartered in Pocomoke City, Md., is expanding its operations and adding 20 new jobs over the next three years. The announcement was made during Governor Larry Hogan’s visit to Hardwire, where he discussed ways in which the state might encourage companies to expand and create jobs on the Eastern Shore.

County provides grant to help Hardwire expand in Pocomoke

(May 20, 2016) The Worcester County Commissioners agreed to provide a $10,000 grant for a composite armor manufacturer to complete an expansion in Pocomoke City at its meeting on Tuesday.

The request came from Merry Mears, county director of economic development, and will help Hardwire LLC continue its development of its third location, which will be at 1731 Broad St.

County To Provide $10K Grant To Hardwire To Help With Facility Upgrades

SNOW HILL – Worcester County officials agreed to provide a $10,000 grant to the armor manufacturing company Hardwire to aid in its latest expansion.

Based on a recommendation from Merry Mears, the county’s economic development director, the Worcester County Commissioners agreed to give Hardwire $10,000. The grant will be used to upgrade the electrical system at the company’s new building on Broad Street in Pocomoke.

Hardwire Introduces Bulletproof Whiteboard Training Video

This short instructional video is led by Hardwire founder and CEO George Tunis, and company president Emily Tunis. They'll walk you through the basics of our company and the Dyneema material comprising the armor, and how to handle yourself offensively and defensively in an active shooter situation.

Active shooter training includes Hardwire Bulletproof Whiteboards

Hardwire Bulletproof Whiteboards are featured in the city of Valdez Alaska active shooter training video. The VPD ALICE is a promotional developed by Seed Media for the Valdez Police Department

Bloomburg Business - The Bulletproof Classroom: Shielding Kids From Shooters

Bloomberg Business coverage of Bulletproof Whiteboards.  October 2015.

'Active shooter' incidents on the rise

The number of incidents in which a shooter opens fire on a crowd of people more than doubled over the past seven years compared with the previous seven, the FBI found in a study made public Wednesday.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation analyzed 160 "active shooter" incidents from 2000 through 2013 to look for common elements that might guide law enforcement officers in preventing the shootings or responding more effectively.

The study found an average of six incidents per year from 2000 through 2006. The number rose to 16 incidents annually in the past seven years.

Bulletproof school supplies aim to keep kids safe

Companies like Hardwire LLC. are introducing a new trend to the back-to-school marketplace: Armored backpacks, clipboards and more products that are meant to keep children safe.

Transparent Armor Window Insert - NIJ 3A Ballistic Protection

This custom-designed piece of transparent armor seamlessly covers an existing window in a police car door, providing ballistic protection for the officer inside. Ballistic Protection Level: Certified to NIJ Level 3A (NIJ 0108.01); protects against handgun and shotgun ammunition up to .44 magnum. Provides protection for the officer’s head and neck, especially in his blind spot where a perpetrator could approach the vehicle.

VTV Family Outreach Foundation Unveils Campus Safety Self-Assessment Tools

Attend the launch Aug. 13 at George Mason University to learn more about these free assessments that cover sexual violence, physical security, hazing, mental health and more.

College sexual assault: 10 questions to ask when choosing a school

As the problem of campus sexual assault gains more attention, parents of prospective college students may wonder whether the schools they are considering are sufficiently addressing student safety – and responding both compassionately and fairly to reports of sexual misconduct. 

One resource that each school is required to provide annually is known in shorthand as a Clery report, which includes crime data and safety policies. These can typically be found online.

Clear Coverage

Hardwire LLC has long been in the business of armoring vehicles for the U.S. armed forces abroad, and as a natural revolution has developed armor products for American law enforcement. But it was the Brooklyn ambush of NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in their cruiser last year that inspired CEO George Tunis and his partners to develop the company's newest ballistic product, the Transparent Armor Window Insert.

Police Magazine features Armor Windown Insert

Hardwire LLC has long been in the business of armoring vehicles for the U.S. armed forces abroad, and as a natural revolution has developed armor products for American law enforcement. But it was the Brooklyn ambush of NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in their cruiser last year that inspired CEO George Tunis and his partners to develop the company's newest ballistic product, the Transparent Armor Window Insert.

Fmr. student sought in N.C. community college shooting

GOLDSBORO, N.C. -- A campus employee was killed Monday morning after a shooting on the campus of Wayne County Community College in Goldsboro, N.C., and police are searching for a former student they've identified as a person of interest, officials said.

DO BULLETPROOF WHITEBOARDS PROTECT CHILDREN OR TRAUMATIZE THEM?

Hardwire Armor Systems outfitted Delaware’s Colonial School District this year with bulletproof whiteboards capable of absorbing ammunition from handguns, shotguns, or assault rifles. No psychiatric evaluations of the technology and the effect it could have on children were conducted.

Hardwire proudly announces its sponsorship of the VTV Family Outreach Foundation and 32NCSI in helping to promote campus safety

Hardwire is excited to sponsor the VTV Family Outreach Foundation and 32 National Campus Safety Initiative™ in supporting efforts to educate, prevent, and assist victims of campus crime.