This week, much focus will be placed on heroes. The heroes down in the Gulf of Mexico who are helping with the recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and this coming Sunday will mark the fourth anniversary of the September 11th terrorism attacks where heroism was on display in the fields of Pennsylvania, the streets of New York City and at the Pentagon. So, it is fitting that the Wednesday Post focus on another such hero: Gulf War Veteran and fellow manufacturer, Bill Perciballi.
Bill is the founder and President of ArmorWorks, LLC, in Tempe, Ariz. His company makes high-tech body armor for the U.S. military.
He started his company on a credit card because he notes, “I needed a computer, supplies, I need to incorporate and get a fax machine.” Today, ArmorWorks has produced over 300,000 ceramic armor components for a variety of personnel armor, aircraft, and vehicle applications. Like many manufacturers, Bill is an innovator. He was one of the first to develop ceramic armor components, which are lighter than traditional metal armor and allow our troops to deploy quicker.
Bill makes things that strengthen our country’s defenses and his advocacy helps strengthen manufacturing as well. “Manufacturing lets me use my creativity to do something important. Manufacturing is great. And it made this country. I’m pro-manufacturing and I worry about the mindset that there’s no manufacturing in this country. It’s that mindset that I’m going to change,” he says.
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