Dan Law helps to unload the new conveyors and bridge crane on Tuesday as employees get ready for the opening of Bourque Industries' new 20,000-square-foot manufacturing plant at 5333 E. Drexel Road. The ribbon-cutting for the plant is set for 11 a.m. Saturday.


Tucson-based armor maker Bourque Industries will celebrate the opening Saturday of a new manufacturing plant on the east side that could eventually employ up to 200 people.

The plant at 5333 E. Drexel Road will produce advanced ballistic armor for military and law enforcement use and ultra-high-performing metal alloys for various industrial applications using the company's proprietary metal-alloying technology, Kryron, the company said.

Bourque announced in July that it had leased the 20,000-square-foot industrial space.

The company will initially staff the plant with its current workforce of about 40 workers and increase staffing as production ramps up, a company spokesman said.

Earlier this month, Bourque announced that it delivered its first ballistic armor order to the Collier County, Fla., Sheriff's Department. The order was for eight Terminator Level III stand-alone frontal assault plates for the Naples, Fla.-area department's SWAT team, for a total order value of $6,000.

The company's Terminator Level III system is in the process of testing for certification by the National Institute of Justice, a critical step to market the product. The company says it far exceeds the capability of current Level III armor, consistently outperforming ballistic standards for durability and multi-impact protection.

The company plans a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new plant at 11 a.m. Saturday.