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Pentagon Turns to Nontraditional Armor Vendors

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Pentagon Turns to Nontraditional Armor Vendors

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Pentagon Turns to Nontraditional Armor Vendors

Pentagon Turns to Nontraditional Armor Vendors

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As the number of U.S. military deaths in Iraq rises, the Pentagon is turning to nontraditional vendors to build and modify their armored vehicles. Among these non-traditional vendors is American Metal Fabricators in Prince Frederick, Maryland. The company typically manufactures stainless steel salad bars, rotisserie-chicken display cases and dish tables for school cafeterias and restaurant kitchens. Now they outfit armor for humvee windshields. American Metal Fabricators President Phillip Poole talks about the process.