Oct. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Texas Armoring Corporation, the leading worldwide supplier of armored limousines and luxury bulletproof vehicles, announced today that the company has released two new armored vehicles fit for presidential clients across the globe. The new Mercedes-Maybach S600 is the latest ultra-luxury offering by Mercedes-Benz catered to world leaders and high-profile clients who demand the absolute highest quality and performance. The Cadillac Escalade ESV has been the trusted workhorse among security details who cater to the elite, and TAC can provide presidential-level upgrades throughout the interior and world-class armoring protection.

President and CEO Trent Kimball announced, “With the 2016 U.S. presidential elections upon us and a rise in terrorist activity worldwide, especially in the Middle East, there has been a great deal of talk and speculation with regard to armored presidential vehicles. General Motors works with the Secret Service to build the vehicle from the ground up so the exact details of the presidential limousine are highly classified, but our engineers can get you close to the real thing with a whole lot more livery and luxury. Our vehicles also maintain a low-profile and are virtually indistinguishable from an unarmored vehicle from both the exterior and interior.

With continued global instability, the demand for armored vehicles has never been higher. Heads of State, dignitaries, diplomats, and high-profile clients from all over the world entrust TAC to fulfill their armored vehicle needs ensuring they reach their destinations safe and secure.”

Kimball continued, “Our armored cars produced for heads of state are unique; we outfit our vehicles with plush executive interiors, large flat screen TVs, high-end wood grain and granite, custom audio systems, and other luxury amenities in addition to the typical VIP options. We also offer various defensive upgrades such as a self-sealing fuel tank, reinforced security wheels, and a secure deadbolt locking system that are supplemental to the standard armor conversion.  We are a full custom shop that tailors to our clients’ needs.”

Texas Armoring also announced that the price tag for the Mercedes-Maybach S600 with their premium executive ultra-lightweight armoring package which includes state-of-the-art materials will start at just under $350,000 USD. The price tag for the Cadillac Escalade ESV with our premium executive ultra-lightweight armoring package with state-of-the-art materials and premium presidential interior upgrades will start at just under $270,000 USD.

About Texas Armoring Corporation
Texas Armoring Corporation (TAC), which has roots dating back to the 1970s, is the world’s leading producer of premium armored vehicles and bulletproof cars. The company is known for producing the world’s lightest weight armored passenger cars and for raising industry standards for luxury by providing the finest finishing available on the market. By using advanced materials and manufacturing techniques, TAC’s vehicles are simply stronger and safer than industry counterparts. Learn more at http://www.texasarmoring.com or call +1.210.333.0211.

Contact:
Trent Kimball
President, CEO
tac@texasarmoring.com
http://www.texasarmoring.com
Texas Armoring Corporation
4323 Factory Hill
San Antonio, TX 78219
Phone: 210.333.0211
Fax: 210.333.0565


SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Texas Armoring Corporation (TAC) recently released an extreme product testing video where TAC CEO Trent Kimball sat in one of the company’s brand new armored Mercedes-Benz SUVs and let the company’s resident sharpshooter, Lawrence Kosub, shoot at him twelve times with an AK-47 rifle. TAC EVP/COO Jason Forston announced today that that the video, entitled “This Is What It’s Like To Be Shot At With an AK-47 in a Mercedes-Benz!,” hit viral status in less than 24 hours and has since received over 3.5 million views on YouTube and over 8.5 million views on Facebook in less than a week. Forston added, “The video is truly viral in that it has spread exponentially through social media in just a few short days. We estimate total views for the video to be between 20-25 million, across numerous online platforms with far greater exposure if you were to factor in the multiple local and national television pickups.”

Forston, the video’s frontman and creator, continued “We have enjoyed unprecedented interest in the video from news agencies, blogs, and celebrities—Tyrese Gibson posted the video to his Facebook page, and it has since received well over 5 million views and counting.” Forston joked, “I guess people just love the idea of shooting at your boss with an AK-47, even if he is sitting in a fully armored Mercedes-Benz SUV.”

The video, in which TAC CEO Trent Kimball amazingly doesn’t even flinch whilst bullets land inches from his face, has been met with some skepticism from online viewers who allege that TAC actually put a mannequin in the vehicle as opposed to their CEO. Kimball commented, “When I got into the vehicle I was calm and very, very focused. And of course, I was trying not to flinch. In hindsight, however, I probably should’ve moved a little bit more.” The company has since released a video showing a continuous view of the test from the interior view to appease critics and show without a doubt that the video is completely authentic.

Texas Armoring’s viral video has been featured on hundreds of major foreign and domestic news and industry websites such as Jalopnik, Motor Authority, AutoBlog, Autoweek, CarBuzz, FOX News, FOX Sports, The Daily Beast, The Blaze, Guns.com, The Huffington Post, The Firearm Blog, MySA.com, The Daily Mail, The Mirror, Yahoo! News, AOL Autos, and numerous ABC, CBS, and NBC affiliate sites. In addition, the video has aired numerous times on nationally syndicated news networks, and has been covered by Austin’s KTBC Fox 7, San Antonio’s KSAT12 ABC and KENS5 CBS in addition to national coverage by FOX News Channel’s FOX & Friends and CBS’ Inside Edition.

ABOUT TEXAS ARMORING CORPORATION
Texas Armoring Corporation (TAC), which has roots dating back to the 1970s, is the world’s leading producer of premium armored vehicles and bulletproof cars. The company is known for producing the world’s lightest weight armored passenger cars and for raising industry standards for luxury by providing the finest finishing available on the market. By using advanced materials and manufacturing techniques, TAC’s vehicles are simply stronger and safer than industry counterparts. Learn more at http://www.texasarmoring.com or call +1.210.333.0211.

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San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) September 19, 2012 – Texas Armoring Corporation (TAC), producer of the world’s finest lightweight armored passenger vehicles, announced today that bulletproof vehicle sales are on the rise after Muslim protests erupted last week due to a short video which was posted online portraying the Prophet Mohammad in a negative light.

TAC Executive Vice President Jason Forston released, “Due to the recent violence and protests throughout the world, we’ve seen an explosive increase in armored car sales for U.S. citizens and others living and working abroad. Many of our customers are facing the threat of violence and are taking measures to protect themselves.”

Forston continued, “The current climate of political and economic uncertainty paired with unprecedented anti-U.S. sentiment from much of the Muslim world has made our clients fearful and has pushed them to increase their security and begin armoring their vehicles—in terms of risk mitigation, it’s the right move. General inquiries are up 400% over last year at this time, and we’ve already doubled our monthly sales quota for September half-way through the month. We’ve also seen increased demand for blast-resistant bulletproof SUVs to protect passengers from IED and bomb attacks.”

 

TAC President and CEO Trent Kimball announced, “Our business has been growing Muslim Protests in Pakistan steadily and the latest spike in sales was unexpected, however, in light of these recent events and current developing global trends, we expect to see even more growth in the armored passenger vehicle segment of our market as more business owners, attorneys, physicians, diplomats, religious leaders, and politicians protect themselves against anti-U.S. violence. Many dignitaries that have not been provided armored vehicles as part of their security detail are purchasing personal armored cars at their own expense—we’ve never seen anything like this.”

Kimball concluded, “According to the Huffington Post, ‘Al-Qaida’s branch in North Africa on Tuesday called for attacks on U.S. diplomats and an escalation of protests . . . in Muslim countries.’ It’s statements like these and other violent protests in Asia, North Africa, the Middle East, and Indonesia that have made our international clients worried. Even clients in the U.S. are concerned, and we’re glad to meet the demand. We believe that life is valuable, and we’re glad to help our clients protect it.”

About Texas Armoring Corporation
Texas Armoring Corporation is the leading worldwide supplier of lightweight armored passenger vehicles, bulletproof cars, cash-in-transit vehicles, armored SWAT trucks, and custom luxury limousines. Texas Armoring specializes in lightweight armor, superior protection, remarkable finishing, and comprehensive support. The firm’s origins date back to the 1970s when key staff members pioneered the luxury bulletproofing industry through producing bulletproof cars for world leaders.

Contact
Jason Forston
Executive Vice President
tac@texasarmoring.com
http://www.texasarmoring.com
Texas Armoring Corporation
4323 Factory Hill
San Antonio, TX 78219
Phone: 210.333.0211
Fax: 210.333.0565

SAN ANTONIO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Texas Armoring Corporation (TAC), producer of the world’s finest lightweight armored passenger vehicles, announced today a new line of special explosion-resistant SUVs in response to the recent string of bombings and terrorist attacks across West Africa and the Middle East. TAC officials reported that the new line of armored, blast-mitigating vehicles will be based on the Toyota Land Cruiser platform and will offer clients in areas like Nigeria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Yemen an unprecedented amount of protection against undercarriage blasts, roadside explosions, IEDs, anti-personnel mines, and car bombs.

According to TAC, the vehicles and corresponding protection levels will be available as follows:

TAC LC50 – MSRP: $195,000.00 USD
The LC50 will feature TAC’s ground-breaking T6 ultra-lightweight armoring package along with a specially angled ballistic-steel undershield and spall liner to protect occupants against high-power rifle fire (7.62×39, .223. 7.62 NATO munitions), fragmentation mines, and small explosions. While all TAC armored vehicles offer protection against small explosives via the floorboards of the cabin area, the LC50 will provide an additional layer of protection on the outside of the vehicle to help dissipate the blast and more fully protect the occupants.

TAC LC100 – MSRP: $275,000.00 USD
The LC100 will feature TAC’s T7 ultra-lightweight armoring package along with a premium composite undershield co-developed with Bravo Zulu Services, Inc. While the LC50 will only be rated for the explosive equivalent of 3-4 hand grenades, the LC100 will boast stopping power of over 20 grenades (approx. 4 lbs. of high-explosive C4) and is designed to absorb the shockwave of the explosion so that it can’t pass through into the passenger compartment.

Bravo Zulu’s Jason Miller said of the LC100, “We’ve done something incredible here—Texas Armoring’s new offering will provide clients with military-grade blast protection and the comfort of a regular SUV.”

TAC President and CEO Trent Kimball added, “Nothing like this has ever been introduced in the market, and Bravo Zulu has done the research to ensure that our clients will be safer than we ever previously thought possible. The LC100 will stop armor-piercing rounds and multiple pounds of C4—it is serious, blast-eating protection and it is exactly what our clients need to stay safe from terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda and Boko Haram.”

TAC LC250 – MSRP: $595,000.00 USD*
The LC250 will feature TAC’s T8 heavy-duty protection package which defeats .50 caliber BMG rounds, a cutting-edge, specialized solution from Bravo Zulu for the undercarriage that will defeat 6-7 lbs. of C4 (approx. equivalent of 35 hand grenades), and a military-grade, advanced barrage-jammer which will protect occupants and any vehicles in the surrounding convoy from the most common bomb detonation threats.

TAC EVP Jason Forston stated, “The LC250 will be one of the world’s most expensive armored SUVs—however, it will also be one of the safest. Imagine having the ballistic protection of a military-grade off-road SUV, the blast protection of an armored fighting vehicle, and the barrage-jamming capability of a presidential convoy all rolled up into one inconspicuous looking SUV. In short, the LC250 would aide anyone looking to survive an unimaginable terrorist attack or doomsday scenario.”

*All sales subject to U.S. Government Approval. The LC250 is an ITAR restricted item and will require special U.S. State Dept. licensing.

About Texas Armoring Corporation
Texas Armoring Corporation is the leading worldwide supplier of lightweight armored passenger vehicles, bulletproof cars, cash-in-transit vehicles, armored SWAT trucks, and custom armored luxury limousines. The firm’s origins date back to the 1970s when key staff members pioneered the luxury bulletproofing industry through producing armored cars for world leaders. For more information on armored vehicles and Texas Armoring Corporation, please visit http://www.texasarmoring.com or call +1.210.333.0211.

Contact
Jason Forston
Executive Vice President
tac@texasarmoring.com
http://www.texasarmoring.com
Texas Armoring Corporation
4323 Factory Hill
San Antonio, TX 78219
Phone: 210.333.0211
Fax: 210.333.0565

San Antonio, TX (BUSINESSWIRE) September 06, 2011 – Texas Armoring Corporation (TAC), the world leader in lightweight armored cars and bulletproof vehicles, released a controversial ballistic demonstration video last week where the company’s CEO, Trent Kimball, allowed an employee to shoot at him with an AK-47 while sitting behind a ballistic windshield. The video was appropriately titled “This is what it’s like to be shot at with an AK-47.” According to the company, the video has received an overwhelming response (nearly 2,000,0000 views on YouTube in just a few short days), and has been syndicated on thousands of blogs, social networks, and international websites.

Company CEO Trent Kimball commented, “While the test is obviously very dangerous, sitting behind the glass wasn’t scary for me at all—I’ve seen the product work hundreds of times, and I know that our armoring materials are the best in the world. Truth-be-told, I was tired of having clients question me on the ballistic integrity of our glass, and so I told my staff I wanted to shoot the video and have them shoot at me, no pun intended. After all, if I’m not willing to trust my life to our materials, then why should our clients? Besides, Lawrence (the shooter in the video) is an incredible marksman!”

TAC Executive Vice President Jason Forston added, “The video is ground-breaking and it’s really incredible to watch. I’ve easily seen it over 100 times myself, and I think Jalopnik’s Matt Hardigree said it best: ‘It’s loud, scary, dangerous, and completely awesome.’ As we were filming the demonstration last Tuesday, we knew that it would get a decent amount of attention. However, we didn’t expect it to go viral and become a global phenomenon—in the past week our website traffic has increased exponentially, and we’ve had visits from over 140 countries. The video was planned, filmed, and edited in less than 24 hours and it came together brilliantly. It would be difficult to buy this kind of exposure, and because of the syndication on other websites we can’t even fully measure the reach at this point.”

Forston joked, “Not that we recommend it, but apparently the idea of shooting at your boss with an AK-47 (even if he or she is behind bulletproof glass) resonates well with the working class!”

About Texas Armoring Corporation
Texas Armoring Corporation is the leading worldwide supplier of lightweight armored passenger vehicles, bulletproof cars, cash-in-transit vehicles, armored SWAT trucks, and custom armored luxury limousines. The firm’s origins date back to the 1970s when key staff members pioneered the luxury bulletproofing industry through producing armored cars for world leaders. For more information on armored vehicles and Texas Armoring Corporation, please visit http://www.texasarmoring.com or call +1.210.333.0211.

Contact
Jason Forston
Executive Vice President
tac@texasarmoring.com
http://www.texasarmoring.com
Texas Armoring Corporation
4323 Factory Hill
San Antonio, TX 78219
Phone: 210.333.0211
Fax: 210.333.0565

SAN ANTONIO, TX – December 15, 2010 – Texas Armoring Corporation (TAC), the world leader in lightweight armored passenger vehicles, announced today the groundbreaking release of the world’s first bulletproof Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid sedan. Company representatives reported that the luxury Mercedes-Benz hybrid vehicle is capable of defeating multiple high-power assault rifle rounds at close range from weapons like the AK-47 and M-16, while still maintaining incredible fuel efficiency and overall engine performance. TAC executives disclosed that well-equipped S400 Hybrid models outfitted with the company’s flagship T6 lightweight protection package will be priced at $255,000.00 USD + options and that units will be available for pre-order in the United States and Europe beginning January 3, 2011.

TAC President and CEO Trent Kimball stated, “Armoring hybrid and electric vehicles is the future, and we’re excited to lead our industry in this new direction by helping our clients stay protected while still considering the environment. Our armored Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid sedan is truly a category-creating product, and we hope to bring quality, lightweight armored hybrid vehicles to market throughout the world in 2011. We created the luxury armored hybrid category earlier this year with the release of our bulletproof Cadillac Escalade Hybrid SUV, and this new product solidifies our place as the market leader in terms of innovation and quality even further.”

Kimball continued, “Our advanced lightweight armoring materials and cooperation with industry giants like Honeywell have allowed us to produce bulletproof cars, trucks and SUVs that are 30-40% lighter than the competition. Traditional armoring applications would add far too much weight to the base vehicle to make hybrid vehicles viable platforms for armoring—extra weight typically equates to decreased performance and extra stress on critical vehicle systems. However, through a focus on ultra-lightweight-armor applications (e.g., Spectra Shield®) lightweight bulletproof hybrid vehicles have become a reality. As the world’s leading armored vehicle manufacturer, we focus on lightweight armoring, superior protection, remarkable finishing, and comprehensive support, and we plan to make even more history in 2011.

About Texas Armoring Corporation
Texas Armoring Corporation is the leading worldwide supplier of lightweight armored passenger vehicles, bulletproof cars, cash-in-transit vehicles, armored SWAT trucks, and custom luxury limousines. The firm’s origins date back to the 1970s when key staff members pioneered the luxury bulletproofing industry through producing armored cars for world leaders. For more information on armored vehicles and Texas Armoring Corporation, please visit http://www.texasarmoring.com or call 210.333.0211.

Contact
Jason Forston
Executive Vice President
tac@texasarmoring.com
http://www.texasarmoring.com
Texas Armoring Corporation
4323 Factory Hill
San Antonio, TX 78219
Phone: 210.333.0211
Fax: 210.333.0565

SAN ANTONIO, TX – August 4, 2010–(Marketwire – August 4, 2010) – Texas Armoring Corporation (TAC), the world leader in lightweight armored passenger vehicles, announced today that demand for bulletproof cars and security services has skyrocketed as a result of massive violence, riots, and growing terrorist threats throughout Greece. TAC also announced that it has been working with key executives and officials in Greece to help provide comprehensive security solutions and offer armored personal vehicles to help protect journalists, tourists, police, business owners, and VIPs amidst the country’s explosive economic climate.

 

TAC President and CEO Trent Kimball stated, “The current security situation in Greece is out of control and our clients no longer feel safe. Assassination and kidnapping-for-ransom attempts are on the rise, and deplorable terrorist groups are openly attacking and threatening hard-working, law-abiding citizens. Criminal groups like the ‘sect of revolutionaries’ need to understand that the people of Greece will not simply hide in fear, and we will do our part to protect as many civilians and civil servants as possible.”

 

Kimball continued, “Terrorists may claim that Greece is ‘no longer a safe haven of capitalism,’ but we intend to protect business owners and capitalists at the highest levels. Our vehicles can defeat multiple armor-piercing rifle rounds at close range, which gives our clients time to get out of a dangerous situation. While these terrorists may wish to turn Greece into a ‘warzone,’ they should understand that part of war is defense — and that just happens to be our area of expertise.”

 

TAC, who has produced numerous bulletproof vehicles for actual warzones like Iraq, also announced that it would be offering advanced defensive options to help document attacks and aide clients in escaping potential attackers. TAC executives mentioned that many vehicles would be outfitted with self-sealing fuel tanks, road-tack-dispensing systems, smoke screens, and electric shocking door handles to help defend against assailants and that it would install 360-degree DVR camera surveillance systems along with advanced night-vision cameras to help document hostile situations and give clients a visual advantage while driving in the dark.

 

In addition to providing armored cars, TAC also announced that it would dispatch teams of security personnel and executive protection experts to Greece to provide close protection services and offer security training to local agencies to help fight terrorists and criminals.

 

Kimball added, “We’re working with GROUND ZERO International and security expert Dr. Mark D. Yates in an effort to offer a full-fledged security solution to our clients. Dr. Yates holds numerous instructor certifications in all aspects of special weapons and tactical SWAT operations, law enforcement, close protection, security, military and intelligence agency training and operations. He has personally trained tens of thousands of military special forces, law enforcement and security operatives on multiple continents. These terrorists want to target unarmed Greek citizens, but we have the means and expertise to teach our clients how to effectively protect and defend themselves in nearly any hostile environment.”

 

Kimball concluded, “Our goal is to protect those in need through advanced armoring materials and a proprietary armoring process. We’re in the business of protection, and we’ll continue to ramp up production to meet security demands throughout the world.”

 

About Texas Armoring Corporation
Texas Armoring Corporation is the leading worldwide supplier of lightweight armored passenger vehicles, bulletproof cars, cash-in-transit vehicles, armored SWAT trucks, and custom luxury limousines. Texas Armoring specializes in lightweight armor, superior protection, remarkable finishing, and comprehensive support. The firm’s origins date back to the 1970s when key staff members pioneered the luxury bulletproofing industry through producing armored cars for world leaders. For more information on armored vehicles and Texas Armoring Corporation, please visit http://www.texasarmoring.com or call 210.333.0211.

 

About GROUND ZERO International and Dr. Mark D. Yates
GROUND ZERO International, founded by Dr. Mark D. Yates, is an industry leading security firm offering personal protection and international asset security to distinguished clients throughout the world.

Contact:
Jason Forston
EVP, Marketing & Sales
tac@texasarmoring.com
http://www.texasarmoring.com
Texas Armoring Corporation
4323 Factory Hill
San Antonio, TX 78219
Phone: 210.333.0211
Fax: 210.333.0565

SAN ANTONIO, TX – November 12, 2009 – SAN ANTONIO–(Texas Armoring Corporation (TAC), a Mormon-owned vehicle bulletproofing business based in San Antonio, Texas, announced today that it has been cast in TLC’s newest reality TV special entitled, “FAMILY ARMOR.” The show, which has been carefully paired with network favorites like “Street Customs” and “American Chopper,” has been described by industry insiders as “the ultimate guy show with a hint of family and faith” and will offer audiences an entertaining mix of cars, guns, and gadgets that would rival any 007 James Bond film.
President and CEO of TAC Trent Kimball commented, “‘FAMILY ARMOR’ will give the world a bird’s-eye view of our business, our family, and our faith. It’s almost like a cross between American Chopper and 18 Kids and Counting; the contrast will definitely make for interesting television. TLC is a family-oriented network, and we’re excited to partner with a group that will reflect well on our work, community, and personal lives.”

 

Kimball started Texas Armoring Corporation in the 1990s while in his early twenties to help meet the protection requirements of celebrities, heads-of-state, business owners, and VIPs in the United States and throughout the world. Since that time, the business has grown to receive worldwide recognition as a quality leader in the armoring industry. Kimball currently resides in Northern San Antonio with his wife and six children and manages business operations at TAC alongside his brother-in-law, Jason Forston.

 

Forston, Executive Vice President of TAC, said of the show, “Without a doubt, ‘FAMILY ARMOR’ will be an amazing show. It works on so many angles — while guys will love the cars and explosions, it’s also a clean and entertaining program that the entire family will enjoy.”“FAMILY ARMOR” will follow Kimball and Forston as they work together to “run a cutting-edge vehicle bulletproofing business in Texas while juggling fatherhood and faith.”
Kimball concluded, “‘FAMILY ARMOR’ will air on Thursday, November 19th after ‘American Chopper’ at 10/9c. Check your local listings and be sure to set your DVRs — it’s something you, your friends, and family definitely won’t want to miss!”

 

About TLC’s “FAMILY ARMOR”
Deep in the heart of San Antonio, Texas Armoring Corporation (TAC) turns everyday cars into bulletproofed, bomb-resistant, gadget-filled fortresses, equipped with cutting-edge getaway gizmos and futuristic protective devices that rival those of any 007 James Bond film. Brand new cars direct from the dealer are torn apart piece-by-piece and then rebuilt — stronger, safer, smarter, and sexier. Led by charismatic Trent Kimball and his savvy brother-in-law, Jason Forston, TAC is aided and abetted by a motley crew of expert engineers. When not at the factory, Trent is the father of six rowdy children and married to his live-wire of a wife, Courtney. Jason and his lovable wife, Lacy, are first-time parents to a rambunctious one-year-old. Trent and Jason devote their time to work, family and faith… and along the way they get to shoot guns and blow things up all in the name of “business.”
“FAMILY ARMOR” is produced by STILETTO Television for TLC. Executive Producers for STILETTO Television are Mark Grove, Garry Kief, Troy Queen and Tim Warren.

 

About Texas Armoring Corporation
Texas Armoring Corporation is the leading worldwide supplier of lightweight armored passenger vehicles, bulletproof cars, cash-in-transit vehicles, armored SWAT trucks, and custom luxury limousines. Texas Armoring specializes in lightweight armor, superior protection, remarkable finishing, and comprehensive support. The firm’s origins date back to the 1970s when key staff members pioneered the luxury bulletproofing industry through producing bulletproof cars for world leaders. For more information on armored vehicles and Texas Armoring Corporation, please visit http://www.texasarmoring.com or call 210.333.0211.

 

Contact:
Jason Forston
EVP, Marketing & Sales
tac@texasarmoring.com
http://www.texasarmoring.com
Texas Armoring Corporation
4323 Factory Hill
San Antonio, TX 78219
Phone: 210.333.0211
Fax: 210.333.0565

SAN ANTONIO, TX – July 14, 2009 – Texas Armoring Corporation (TAC), the world leader in lightweight armored passenger vehicles, announced today that requests for bulletproof cars, trucks, and SUVs have skyrocketed as a result of kidnappings-for-ransom across the globe.

 

“From our experience, kidnapping-for-ransom is at an all-time high — it’s literally a pandemic, and with the current financial crisis, even criminals are getting desperate. Business owners, professionals, political figures, religious leaders, executives, and their families have all become targets and no one feels safe.”

 

TAC clients in Nigeria, Greece, the Philippines, Mexico, Peru, the United States, Honduras, Central Asia, India, Pakistan, and Eastern Europe are no longer living in fear since kidnapping-for-ransom has become an almost daily occurrence throughout the world.
“When they come to us, our clients are scared for their lives and for the lives of their families,” offered Trent Kimball, President/CEO of TAC. “From our experience, kidnapping-for-ransom is at an all-time high — it’s literally a pandemic, and with the current financial crisis, even criminals are getting desperate. Business owners, professionals, political figures, religious leaders, executives, and their families have all become targets and no one feels safe.”
TAC, which produces vehicles capable of defeating black market armor-piercing rifle rounds (e.g., 7.62 NATO x 51 AP), has put together an array of anti-kidnapping gadgets ranging from secure deadbolt door locks and electric shocking door handles to road tack dispensing systems and advanced smoke screens. The company has also seen an increase in installations of 360-degree video surveillance DVR systems in vehicles. To meet demand, TAC also announced plans for a state-of-the-art night vision system that will allow clients to foresee threats in the darkness in addition to a specialized anti-magnetic undershield designed to block the placement of explosives on vehicles.

 

“Unfortunately, entrepreneurial criminals throughout the world have realized that kidnapping-for-ransom is a lucrative business — especially in the midst of a chaotic financial crisis. Bloodshed in Honduras, mob-violence in Greece, massive organized kidnapping plots in Nigeria (700 motorcycles were recently purchased to carry out kidnappings in Abia), and murders in Bulgaria and throughout the Americas are just a few examples reported by the media,” said Kimball.

 

“And, the problem has even spread to the United States. Right now, Phoenix, Arizona is in the running to claim the title as the kidnapping capital of the world, second only to Mexico City,” he said.

 

“Ultimately, our vehicles are completely low-profile and offer advanced protection against kidnappings-for-ransom. Our goal is to protect our clients and their families — which is something our engineers have done successfully here in San Antonio, Texas for over 30 years,” Kimball added.

 

About Texas Armoring Corporation
Texas Armoring Corporation is a leading worldwide supplier of light-weight armored passenger vehicles and bulletproof cars, cash-in-transit vehicles, armored SWAT trucks, and custom luxury limousines. The firm’s origins date back to the 1970s when key staff members pioneered the luxury bulletproofing industry through producing bulletproof cars for world leaders. For more information on armored vehicles and Texas Armoring Corporation, please visit http://www.texasarmoring.com or call 210.333.0211.

 

Contact:
Jason Forston
EVP, Marketing & Sales
tac@texasarmoring.com
http://www.texasarmoring.com
Texas Armoring Corporation
4323 Factory Hill
San Antonio, TX 78219
Phone: 210.333.0211
Fax: 210.333.0565

SAN ANTONIO, TX – February 18, 2009 – Texas Armoring Corporation (TAC), the leader in lightweight armored passenger vehicles, announced today that the company is working closely with high-profile Mexican nationals and affiliates of the government to help stop drug violence and protect Mexican civilians.

 

TAC, which is internationally renowned for turning stock vehicles into rolling fortresses capable of defeating hand grenades, high-power rifle fire, and even some IEDs, announced that it has multiple bulletproof units in production for Mexican clients. The company is also in talks with key individuals to provide armored SWAT trucks for the National Mexican Police Force in an effort to fight drug cartels and help take back key areas of the country’s war-torn landscape.

 

President and CEO Trent Kimball commented, “The drug-related violence in Mexico has adversely affected the lives of countless Mexican and American citizens. Last week, FOX News said that ‘more than 6,000 people died in drug-related violence last year.’ Our goal is to help lower that number in 2009. We’ve produced literally hundreds of armored vehicles for Mexico over the years, including the Popemobile, but the current necessity for armored passenger cars has never been greater. Clients in Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Juárez, Nuevo Laredo, and Tijuana have contacted us regarding rush delivery orders, and we’ve ramped up capacity to meet their demand. Additionally, as drug lords have become more organized in their tactics, our armoring methods have become more advanced. Our vehicles are lighter, stronger, and more low profile than nearly all armored cars produced in Mexico, and we have seen many clients coming north to Texas because of quality concerns. TAC vehicles are completely indistinguishable from factory units, and we’re building many vehicles that can even stop armor-piercing rifle rounds.”

 

Kimball continued, “In addition to passenger vehicles, we’re now offering custom new SWAT units that will help Mexican Police and anti-drug units to fight cartels on the front lines. Our SWAT units are designed for use in dangerous tactical situations to provide officers and soldiers with a way to fight back and travel safely in hazardous territories.”
Texas Armoring also announced that daily tours of the facility will be held throughout the next few weeks for members of the press and Mexican clients that need more information.

 

About Texas Armoring Corporation
Texas Armoring Corporation is a leading worldwide supplier of light-weight armored passenger vehicles and bulletproof cars, cash-in-transit vehicles, armored SWAT trucks, and custom luxury limousines. The firm’s origins date back to the 1970s when key staff members pioneered the luxury bulletproofing industry through producing bulletproof cars for world leaders. For more information on armored vehicles and Texas Armoring Corporation, please visit http://www.texasarmoring.com or call 210.333.0211.

 

Contact:
Jason Forston
EVP, Marketing & Sales
tac@texasarmoring.com
http://www.texasarmoring.com
Texas Armoring Corporation
4323 Factory Hill
San Antonio, TX 78219
Phone: 210.333.0211
Fax: 210.333.0565

SAN ANTONIO, TX – February 18, 2009 – Texas Armoring Corporation (TAC), the leader in lightweight armored vehicles, announced today that the company is working closely with high-profile Nigerian government officials and key business leaders to help implement security plans, protect Nigerian citizens, and ward off would-be rebels.

 

TAC, which is in talks with multiple security companies and government officials, announced a three-pronged approach to security in Nigeria and West Africa: first, armored passenger vehicles for private citizens and government officials; second, armored cash trucks (bullion vans) to help protect bank assets and deter criminals; and third, armored SWAT trucks to help police and military personnel stay safe even in the most dangerous tactical situations.

 

President and CEO Trent Kimball remarked, “Kidnappings for ransom, violence, and theft are increasing daily in Nigeria and militants are literally getting away with murder. Nigerian news outlets are reporting new kidnapping cases daily, and armored vehicles are becoming a necessity for high-profile Nigerian nationals and expatriates working in West Africa. Additionally, militants are targeting banks and even police forces; this is why our cash carrying vehicles and tactical SWAT units are becoming increasingly popular. We would encourage anyone interested in these services to contact one of our local representatives or contact our corporate headquarters.” SAN ANTONIO, TX – February 18, 2009 – Texas Armoring Corporation (TAC), the leader in lightweight armored vehicles, announced today that the company is working closely with high-profile Nigerian government officials and key business leaders to help implement security plans, protect Nigerian citizens, and ward off would-be rebels.

 

TAC, which is in talks with multiple security companies and government officials, announced a three-pronged approach to security in Nigeria and West Africa: first, armored passenger vehicles for private citizens and government officials; second, armored cash trucks (bullion vans) to help protect bank assets and deter criminals; and third, armored SWAT trucks to help police and military personnel stay safe even in the most dangerous tactical situations.

 

President and CEO Trent Kimball remarked, “Kidnappings for ransom, violence, and theft are increasing daily in Nigeria and militants are literally getting away with murder. Nigerian news outlets are reporting new kidnapping cases daily, and armored vehicles are becoming a necessity for high-profile Nigerian nationals and expatriates working in West Africa. Additionally, militants are targeting banks and even police forces; this is why our cash carrying vehicles and tactical SWAT units are becoming increasingly popular. We would encourage anyone interested in these services to contact one of our local representatives or contact our corporate headquarters.”

 

Kimball continued, “Our vehicles weigh approximately 1000 lbs. (454 kg.) less than most armored vehicles on the market and can stop AK-47, M-16, and even armor-piercing rounds at close range while maintaining the look and feel of a stock unit. All of our vehicles also offer protection against grenades, land mines, and some IEDs. In addition to standard features such as bulletproof glass and runflat inserts, we also offer defensive options like road-tack dispensing systems, smoke screen systems, and even electric-shocking door handles. Of the thousands of vehicles we’ve produced, we’ve never had a client casualty in one of our vehicles to date—a reputation we intend to keep.”

 

TAC, which has directly produced multiple armored vehicles for numerous West African heads of state, also announced that it is taking orders for protection during the upcoming state and federal elections and encouraged political leaders to place orders early to avoid delays.

 

About Texas Armoring Corporation
Texas Armoring Corporation is a leading worldwide supplier of light-weight armored passenger vehicles and bulletproof cars, cash-in-transit vehicles, armored SWAT trucks, and custom luxury limousines. The firm’s origins date back to the 1970s when key staff members pioneered the luxury bulletproofing industry through producing bulletproof cars for world leaders. For more information on armored vehicles and Texas Armoring Corporation, please visit http://www.texasarmoring.com or call 210.333.0211.

 

Contact:
Jason Forston
EVP, Marketing & Sales
tac@texasarmoring.com
http://www.texasarmoring.com
Texas Armoring Corporation
4323 Factory Hill
San Antonio, TX 78219
Phone: 210.333.0211
Fax: 210.333.0565

SAN ANTONIO, TX – January 28, 2009 – Texas Armoring Corporation, a leading worldwide supplier of armored limousines and luxury bulletproof vehicles, announced today that the company will offer presidential-style limousines to the public.

 

President and CEO Trent Kimball announced, “With Barack Obama’s recent ascension to the White House, there has been a great deal of talk and speculation with regard to the new presidential limousine. Since the vehicle was officially released for duty last week, we’ve had numerous inquiries as to whether we could produce something similar. While the actual specifications of President Obama’s new luxury ride are kept secret, our engineers can get you pretty close to the real thing with a whole lot more livery and luxury. In addition, our vehicles help our clients to maintain a low-profile since they appear completely unarmored from the exterior and maintain the original factory appearance.

 

Our staff specializes in armoring, stretching, and building custom vehicles for high-profile clients throughout the world. In fact, we’ve produced numerous presidential vehicles for international heads of state, and we actually have several in production at the moment.”

 

Kimball continued, “Typically, armored cars produced for heads of state are, as Motor Trend put it, ‘nice, safe, and boring.’ However, we outfit our vehicles with plush executive interiors, large flat screen TVs, high-end wood grain and granite, custom audio systems, and other luxury amenities in addition to the typical VIP options. Additionally, our vehicles offer custom defensive capabilities like hidden ram bumpers, electric-shocking door handles, a smoke screen system, and even an automated road-tack-dispensing system. We also offer custom options depending on our clients’ needs.”

 

Texas Armoring also announced that the base cost for a standard B7+ armoring package with state-of-the-art materials will start at over $200,000 USD and will offer superior protection against land mines, hand grenades, and black-market armor-piercing munitions. Upon being asked if Texas Armoring would build an Obama-like vehicle, Kimball remarked, “We would absolutely be willing to build a vehicle like President Obama’s new limousine. The cost for the custom body build alone would be approximately $750,000-$1,000,000 USD and you could probably double that number to include the armoring cost. Overall, you’d be looking at around $2,000,000 USD for a single-unit order.”

 

About Texas Armoring Corporation
Texas Armoring Corporation is a leading worldwide supplier of armored passenger vehicles, bulletproof cars, cash-in-transit vehicles, armored SWAT trucks, and custom armored limousines. The firm’s origins date back to the 1970s when key staff members pioneered the luxury bulletproofing industry through producing bulletproof cars for world leaders.

 

For more information on armored vehicles and Texas Armoring Corporation, please visit http://www.texasarmoring.com or call 210.333.0211.

 

Contact:
Trent Kimball
President, CEO
tac@texasarmoring.com
http://www.texasarmoring.com
Texas Armoring Corporation
4323 Factory Hill
San Antonio, TX 78219
Phone: 210.333.0211
Fax: 210.333.0565

SAN ANTONIO, TX – December 12, 2008 – Texas Armoring Corporation, a leading worldwide supplier of armored vehicles and bulletproof cars, announced today that the company has selected Aryan Azmi Marketing as its exclusive representative in Brunei and the surrounding geographic areas. Other territories named in the representation agreement include: Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Burma, Laos, India, Pakistan, and the United Arab Emirates.

 

“We’re very excited to be working with Aryan Azmi Marketing, and I believe that the combined experience we share will help further our business in the region,” said Trent Kimball, President and CEO of Texas Armoring Corporation. Kimball continued, “While the level of quality and service we provide is already well known throughout the world; we believe that the representation of Texas Armoring by [Aryan Azmi Marketing] will help us expand our global presence and protect individuals in the respective markets and beyond.”

 

About Texas Armoring Corporation
Texas Armoring Corporation is a leading worldwide supplier of armored cars, bulletproof vehicles, and armored trucks. The firm’s origins date back to the 1970s when key staff members pioneered the bulletproofing industry through producing bulletproof cars for world leaders.

 

For more information on armored vehicles and Texas Armoring Corporation, please visit http://www.texasarmoring.com or call 210.333.0211.

 

For more information on Aryan Azmi Marketing, please contact Zafar Satti via email: aryanaz@texasarmoring.com.

 

Contact:
Jason Forston
EVP, Marketing & Sales
tac@texasarmoring.com
http://www.texasarmoring.com
Texas Armoring Corporation
4323 Factory Hill
San Antonio, TX 78219
Phone: 210.333.0211
Fax: 210.333.0565

Zafar Satti
Aryan Azmi Marketing
P.O. Box 522
Gadong BE – 3978
Brunei Darussalam
Phone: 673-8-899-070
Fax: 673-2-223-971
aryanaz@texasarmoring.com

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – December 03, 2008 – Texas Armoring Corporation, a leading worldwide supplier of armored vehicles and bulletproof cars, announced today that the company will be featured on the SPEED Channel’s newest reality series “Busted Knuckles.” Texas Armoring will be headlining the pilot episode for the series which will air beginning December 3, 2008 at 10:00pm ET. The episode will re-air December 4 at 2:00am and 10:00am ET, December 5 at 7:30pm and 11:00pm ET, and also on December 7 at 10:30am ET.

 

Busted Knuckles, a Bradley David Production, is hosted by Louisville comedian Rich Ragains who visits various gearhead environments to get his hands dirty and to show viewers some of the most interesting work environments in the USA. In the premiere episode, Ragains spends a day at Texas Armoring Corporation in San Antonio, TX busting his knuckles through various hands-on armoring tasks (e.g., using a plasma cutter, shooting bulletproof glass with an AK-47, installing ballistic nylon, etc.). In the pilot episode, Ragains also visits Delta to change the brakes on a massive 777 aircraft.

 

Busted Knuckles Producer Brad Kimmel remarked, “Rich adds a colorful twist by using a witty mix of humor and curiosity as he experiences the grimy, passionate, and sometimes bloody world of the American gearhead. There is never a dull moment as Rich puts himself in some very interesting situations.”

 

Trent Kimball, President and CEO of Texas Armoring, said of the experience, “It was great having Rich and the crew from Bradley David Productions at our facility, and we are excited to be a part of this new reality series on SPEED Channel. Rich fit right in with our crew and after viewing the pilot, it’s fair to say that Busted Knuckles easily rivals or surpasses shows like Modern Marvels or Dirty Jobs — I can’t wait for the next episode.”

 

About Texas Armoring Corporation
Texas Armoring Corporation is a leading worldwide supplier of armored cars, bulletproof vehicles, and armored trucks. The firm’s origins date back to the 1970s when key staff members pioneered the bulletproofing industry through producing bulletproof cars for world leaders.

 

For more information on armored vehicles and Texas Armoring Corporation, please visit http://www.texasarmoring.com or call 210-333-0211.

 

Contact:
Jason Forston
EVP, Marketing & Sales
tac@texasarmoring.com
http://www.texasarmoring.com
Texas Armoring Corporation
4323 Factory Hill
San Antonio, TX 78219
Phone: 210.333.0211
Fax: 210.333.0565

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – September 9, 2008 – Texas Armoring Corporation, a leading worldwide supplier of armored passenger vehicles, announced today that the company has been in contact with key security personnel affiliated with the National Football League (NFL). Following the recent attack on Jacksonville Jaguars Offensive Tackle Richard Collier, representatives of professional athletes and their security staff have reached out to Texas Armoring Corporation to provide them with custom bulletproof car solutions. According to the company, approximately 80-90% of attacks occur while victims are traveling by automobile, thus a bulletproof vehicle is the first line of defense for individuals in the public eye.

 

“We’re saddened by the unfortunate violence against Mr. Collier last week and by similar attacks against NFL players during the last 18 months. We’re confident that our products can offer some peace of mind to other players and their families in the coming weeks and months as they obtain our vehicles,” remarked Trent Kimball, President and CEO of Texas Armoring. Kimball continued, “In reality, professional athletes and celebrities are prime targets for attacks. Because of this, we are working with a number of high-profile clients who are following the examples of public figures like Tom Cruise and David Beckham by acquiring bulletproof cars for themselves and their loved ones. My family has been in this industry for over 30 years, and Texas Armoring Corporation can armor nearly any vehicle custom to our clients’ specifications. Mercedes Maybachs, Cadillac Escalades, Range Rovers, and other luxury models are our specialty.”

 

In addition to offering armored bulletproof cars and SUVs to the NFL, Texas Armoring announced that it has retained the exclusive services of two former CIA operatives to help athletes and celebrities with a wide range of security services. While the personal details of the agents remain confidential, the two former operatives have operational experience in over 50 countries and are experts in private/commercial security, surveillance, and counterintelligence offerings. Both are veterans of the CIA’s Directorate of Operations with field tours in the Far East, Middle East, Europe, and Latin America and domestically in the U.S. The former operatives have extensive private sector experience as senior consultants to corporate clients at the Fortune 50 level in the areas of executive protection, threat identification and mitigation, specialized training and as “first responders” in kidnap cases.

 

Of the partnership, Kimball said, “The pair of former operatives we’ve retained has over 40 years of experience worldwide. They’re experts in foreign intelligence operations, security program management, physical security, risk assessment, contingency and disaster recovery planning, and crisis management. Basically, this means that now Texas Armoring can send out highly-trained James Bond/Jason Bourne-type consultants to our clients’ places of work and private residences for a professional threat assessment to point out areas of weakness and make recommendations to improve security.” Having conducted hundreds of threat assessments and specialized training exercises in surveillance and counter-surveillance operations to ensure operational integrity under difficult conditions, the two will apply their expertise to protect Texas Armoring’s exclusive clients, their families, organizations, personnel and assets against foreign and domestic threats.

 

With regard to the announcements, Kimball concluded, “Overall, our goal is to protect NFL players and others in the spotlight with all of the resources at our disposal—the first step being an armored vehicle and the second, a professional threat assessment. We hope that other professional organizations will follow suit so that we can provide protection through bulletproof vehicles and threat assessments to members of the NBA, NHL, MLB, etc. The bottom line is that the type of violence that Richard Collier was subject to last week is intolerable, and Texas Armoring Corporation will continue to do everything in its power to protect high-profile athletes and celebrities from such shameful acts of violence going forward.”

 

About Texas Armoring Corporation
Texas Armoring Corporation is a leading worldwide supplier of armored passenger vehicles and bulletproof cars. The firm’s origins date back to the 1970s when key staff members pioneered the bulletproofing industry through producing bulletproof cars for world leaders. For more information on armored vehicles and Texas Armoring Corporation, please visit http://www.texasarmoring.com or call 210.333.0211.

 

Contact:
Jason Forston
EVP, Marketing & Sales
tac@texasarmoring.com
http://www.texasarmoring.com
Texas Armoring Corporation
4323 Factory Hill
San Antonio, TX 78219
Phone: 210.333.0211
Fax: 210.333.0565

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – July 10, 2008 – Texas Armoring Corporation, a leading worldwide supplier of armored vehicles and bulletproof cars, announced today a new product line of armored vehicles specifically manufactured to protect occupants traveling in the Niger Delta region. The newly offered “Nigeria Package” will be available starting Monday, July 14, 2008 on select models. According to Trent Kimball, President & CEO of Texas Armoring Corporation, the Nigeria Package will “offer superior bulletproof protection against AK-47 & M-16 threats” and will also include some James Bond type accessories such as electric shocking door handles, a smoke screen system, a road tack dispensing system, flashing strobe lights, a hidden siren/loudspeaker system, and a secure dead bolt door locking system. Kimball says that the “violence in Nigeria is deplorable [and that] Texas Armoring Corporation is ready to build custom bullet-resistant vehicles to protect businessmen, dignitaries, and other distinguished individuals throughout West Africa.”

 

The Nigerian Package will include European Level B6+ armoring (boasting nearly two-inch-thick bulletproof glass) and will be available for a special price on the following models:

 

  • 2008 Toyota Landcruiser
  • 2008 Lexus LX570
  • 2008 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
  • 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
  • 2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • 2008 Land Rover Range Rover
  • 2008 HUMMER H2 & H3

 

With the recent increase in violence, kidnappings-for-ransom, and militant attacks on businesses, the need for civilian armored vehicles has never been greater in Nigeria. According to Kimball, “with the widening gap between the rich and poor throughout Africa, the level of violence has increased dramatically. Anyone with a moderate level of financial stability in Nigeria is potentially at risk for an attack. We’ve bulletproofed vehicles for numerous presidents and politicians in the past, but recently we’ve found that even general businesspeople are in need of armored protection. Our goal is to provide our clients with superior protection, while helping them maintain a low profile. It follows that each of our vehicles maintains the original factory finish as closely as possible, and that we only use extremely high-end materials in each vehicle we produce. Our focus is on hand-crafted quality, and you don’t become the market leader by c corners.”

 

Kimball went on to say that Texas Armoring has made efforts to reach out to large multinational corporations in Nigeria with good results, but that there is still a great need for protection in the corporate community in Nigeria and that Texas Armoring is preparedet demand.

 

About Texas Armoring Corporation
Texas Armoring Corporation is a leading worldwide supplier of armored passenger vehicles and bulletproof cars. The firm’s origins date back to the 1970s when key staff members pioneered the bulletproofing industry through producing bulletproof cars for world leaders. For more information on armored vehicles and Texas Armoring Corporation, please visit http://www.texasarmoring.com or call 210.333.0211.

 

Contact:
Jason Forston
EVP, Marketing & Sales
tac@texasarmoring.com
http://www.texasarmoring.com
Texas Armoring Corporation
4323 Factory Hill
San Antonio, TX 78219
Phone: 210.333.0211
Fax: 210.333.0565