Barron Industries Reports Booming Defense Business

Barron Industries Reports Booming Defense Business

April 8, 2019

Oxford, MI – Barron Industries is increasing capacity to meet the soaring demand from its defense customers for aluminum, stainless and carbon steel precision castings. The company is growing its workforce by more than 30 percent and investing in new equipment to bring on a second and third shift at its 65,000 square foot manufacturing facility in southeast Michigan.

An exhibitor at the Michigan Defense Expo, Barron reports booming sales with new orders for General Dynamics Land Systems, BAE Systems, and Oshkosh Defense.

Serving General Dynamics for more than 35 years, Barron will manufacture precision cast components for the upgrades of the Stryker and Abrams tank programs recently announced by the United States Army.

Barron Industries has been awarded a $3 million renewable one-year contract to supply parts for the upgrade of M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks to the state-of-the-art M1A2 System Enhancement Package Version 3 (SEPv3) configuration. In 2018, the Army ordered more than three brigades of the upgraded tanks from GDLS.  “Based on forecast domestic and international sales through 2029, Barron anticipates our GDLS contract to renew annually with the total value of work to exceed $40 million through 2029,” said company president Bruce Barron.

In addition, GDLS has awarded Barron a $4 million renewable one-year contract to supply parts for the upgrade of its Stryker flat-bottom vehicles to the Stryker A1 configuration.  “We expect our Stryker parts to produce more than $50 million in revenue through 2029.”

The company also produces castings for the Oshkosh Joint Light Tactical Vehicle(JLTV). “We are ramping up by adding people and equipment as the JLTV program moves from low-rate to full-rate production,” said Barron. “We have installed a new Makino 5-Axis machining center and are updating our foundry operations to increase our capacity and further reduce lead-times.”

Barron has also received awards from BAE Systems in support of their Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle(AMPV), Paladin Integrated Management (PIM), and Bradley programs.

Founded in 1983, Barron Industries is a unique turnkey manufacturer of ferrous and non-ferrous precision machined castings and complete assemblies. “Our vertically-integrated manufacturing systems offer complete one-stop shopping, reducing cost and delivery time,” said Barron. “We deliver mission-critical assemblies in half the industry standard lead time.”

A Classified Small Business, Barron Industries is AS9100D Certified, ITAR Registered, and NADCAP Accredited for Non-Destructive Testing. Barron provides concept-to-completion development and production of investment casting projects for Aerospace, Defense, Automotive, Oil and Gas, Nuclear, Medical, and other commercial industries. Capabilities include CAD engineering, rapid prototyping, CNC machining, NDT, plating, painting, assembly, laser etching, and shipping.