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Diecaster Earns Military R&D Assignment

April 30, 2012
Performance Materials wins five-year service contract from ARDEC

Performance Metal Products, a Pennsylvania diecaster, has earned a five-year, $50-million contract for engineering services in support of the Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at the U.S. Army’s Picatinny Arsenal, in New Jersey. "It’s quite exciting,” CEO Hank Leipert said. “It’s by far the biggest contract we’ve ever been awarded. This will change the company once again. It gets us into engineering services and more sophisticated manufacturing."

Located in Bechtelsville, PA, and formerly known as SciCast International, Performance Metal Products produces precision aluminum and zinc diecastings, as well as high-performance sacrificial anodes and a line of water heaters based on a corrosion-resistant lining materials and “intelligent anodes” that prolong service life.

ARDEC is one of the specialized research, development and engineering centers within the U.S. Army Materiel Command, with the specific assignment of advancing armaments technology.

The assignment to Performance Metal Products is an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quality (IDIQ) agreement that puts the company in a steady competition with another (unnamed) contractor for a fixed period (five years) and may call for manufacturing, engineering and support services in the development of small-caliber arms and munitions.

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About the Author

Robert Brooks | Content Director

Robert Brooks has been a business-to-business reporter, writer, editor, and columnist for more than 20 years, specializing in the primary metal and basic manufacturing industries. His work has covered a wide range of topics, including process technology, resource development, material selection, product design, workforce development, and industrial market strategies, among others. Currently, he specializes in subjects related to metal component and product design, development, and manufacturing — including castings, forgings, machined parts, and fabrications.

Brooks is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A. English, Political Science) and Emory University (M.A. English.)