May 13 2004

Ladson Company Inks $15.3 Million Contract to Provide Armored Vehicles to U.S. Military

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced an order for 21 Buffalo Mine Protected Clearance Vehicles will be filled by Technical Solutions Group of Ladson. The estimate value of the contract, targeted for completion by years end, is $15.3 million with an initial release of $7.6 million. “Our men and women in uniform deserve the best equipment and training available,” said Graham. “The Buffalo will help protect our soldiers from landmines and roadside bombs as they carry out their duties in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s an important vehicle helping our soldiers fulfill critical missions.” “As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, it’s also particularly satisfying to know that a company with South Carolina ties is playing a big role in helping win the war on terror.” Graham has been an advocate for additional armed vehicle protection for U.S. soldiers and Marines in the global war on terror. Technical Solutions Group, a subsidiary of Force Protection, Inc., manufactures and markets vehicles designed to both protect troops and equipment as well as to detonate and remove mines. The company combines a proprietary capsule design with American automotive technology to produce vehicles with a high level of protection, visibility, load carrying capacity, interior space and parts availability- all critical qualities in military vehicles. ####