LifeStone Materials LLC, a joint venture of Pompano Beach, Fla.-based Point Blank Solutions Inc.
(PBSI) and Israel-based FMS Enterprises Migun Ltd., will invest $5.5 million to establish a weaving
facility in Anderson, S.C., for the production of high-performance, protective fabrics for
applications including ballistics fabrics for the US military, law enforcement agencies and other
PBSI is a designer and producer of high-tech soft body armor systems for the US military,
domestic law enforcement, and other state and local agencies. FMS is a producer of high-tech
lightweight ballistic armor materials, including aramid ballistic fibers, for the global protection
“We, with FMS, have worked hard to structure a joint venture that aligns our interests and
makes great business sense for both companies,” said Larry Ellis, president and CEO, PBSI, adding
that the joint venture provides weaving capabilities to PBSI, which previously has sourced fabrics
from various weavers.
The new facility will employ 45 workers and is expected to be fully operational by the end
of this month, according to company spokesperson Glenn Wiener. LifeStone Materials is leasing an
existing 80,000-square-foot building in Anderson and will weave fabrics for PBSI and FMS, taking
advantage of research and development efforts among all three companies. Craig Trask, previously a
plant manager for PBSI, has been named production manager for the new company.
“Point Blank Solutions, FMS and LifeStone Materials are all committed to making our
operations in Anderson, S.C., a success,” Wiener said, noting that state and local leadership have
provided very positive support. “We look forward to growing to be a vibrant part of the Anderson
community,” he added.
June 3, 2008