CoorsTek Acquires BLS Textiles to Become Ballistic Door Panel Leader

Extends vehicle armour protection to law enforcement and security agencies

OTTAWA, Ontario, June, 8, 2015 /CNW/ -- CoorsTek announced today that it has acquired the assets of BLS Textiles, Inc. of Cambridge, Ontario and will integrate the production equipment, technology, and existing contracts into its subsidiary DEW Engineering & Development ULC (DEW). DEW is a well established leader in military vehicle armour upfitting, design, manufacturing, and integration. The acquisition extends DEW and CoorsTek vehicle armour solutions to protect officers across a range of police, security, and law enforcement agencies.

DEW becomes the only ballistic door panel manufacturer able to pass the stringent National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Level III and Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) standards for ballistic protection. Specific OEM solutions meeting these industry standards are available for factory and retrofit installation in several of the most popular police sedan and utility models in North America.

These ballistic door panels incorporate CoorsTek CeraShield™ ceramic armor into a custom insert that converts a vehicle door into a protective shield. "We are proud to expand our armour capabilities into the law enforcement sector to help protect those who protect us," said Ian Marsh, President of DEW Engineering & Development. "Now the combined capabilities of CoorsTek and DEW span the entire process of equipping police, security, and military vehicles with armour protection – from the design and manufacture of hard armour systems through turnkey vehicle integration."

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About DEW Engineering & Development
A CoorsTek company, DEW Engineering is an ISO 9001-2008 registered designer, manufacturer and integrator of complex systems including vehicle armour, platform integration, and large-scale manufacturing for police, security, defence, government agencies, and industry. For more information, visit

About CoorsTek
CoorsTek makes the world measurably better as the partner of choice for technology and manufacturing companies worldwide whose success requires the unique, high-performance properties of products manufactured from engineered ceramics and advanced materials. CoorsTek products and components touch people's lives through amazing solutions to global challenges in energy, transportation, information technology, healthcare, and defense, among others. For more information about CoorsTek, including product information, its history since 1910, and locations throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, visit

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