International Armoring Corporation

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International Armoring Corporation (IAC) is a designer and manufacturer of armoured cars using light weight synthetic fiber armor laminates. Established in Ogden, Utah, United States on May 6, 1993, IAC currently has 6 locations worldwide with current headquarters in Centerville, Utah.

International Armoring Corporation
Type Private
Industry Manufacturer of armored-passenger vehicles
Founded 1993
Headquarters Centerville, Utah, USA
Key people Mark F. Burton, Francisco Ruiz, Tom Fleenor
Employees 150+[1]

Company history[edit]

  • In 1993, IAC invented the lightest armor in the industry - Armormax - a synthetic fiber laminate - reducing added weight (compared to ballistic steel) by 60%
  • In 1994, IAC invented a revolutionary all curved 1” – 3” rebated transparent ballistic glass that maintains the original appearance
  • In 1998, IAC created the curved overlap protection system, known as Elitus®, that provides even greater passenger compartment protection
  • In 2002, IAC partnered with Ford Motor Company (for 3 years) to design and produce the Lincoln Town Car BPS armored vehicles – meeting all DOT requirements, including crash tests
  • In 2004, IAC designed and produced (at the request of the U.S. Government) 1,500 in-the-field, installable armored kits for Hummers (including IED fragmentation floor “blankets”). IAC trained the U.S. Military on installation techniques in the Kuwait facility and delivered kits to Iraq – saving over 200 lives to date
  • In 2006 IAC's President and CEO receives Ernst & Young's prestigious "Entrepreneur of the Year"
  • In 2007 the kit concept was implemented internationally at many of IAC’s in-country facilities – enabling IAC to stay cost effective with foreign competition
  • In 2007 IAC built its 5,000th vehicle
  • In 2008 IAC selected as the U.S. Government's "Sub-contractor of the Year”
  • In 2009 developed and implemented the “Weld Free™” armored protection package. (Also, vehicle 6,000 was also completed)
  • In 2010, IAC completed an order of 728 vehicles for a foreign client
  • In January of 2011 signed contract to build 750 armored passenger vehicles for an international security firm
  • June 2011 Received, for the eighth year in a row, "Best of State" Manufacturing
  • September 2011 International "Peoples Choice Award" beating out GM and Tata Motors
  • January 1, 2012 Begin production in new 30,000 s/f manufacturing building in Centerville, Utah
  • July 2012 International "Manufacturer of the Year" Award - Only one awarded internationally

Armoring method[edit]

International Armoring Corporation uses light weight synthetic armor laminates called Armormax (a material designed and developed by IAC). IAC designs and molds the armor to fit the vehicle rather than modifying the vehicle to fit the armor. IAC has produced over 8,000 vehicles that have been sent to clients in over 50 countries.

All design and material preparation is done in the company’s headquarters in Centerville, Utah and then shipped to its foreign facilities for installation.[2]


International Armoring Corporation has manufacturing facilities for armored cars in the United States, South Africa, Philippines, United Kingdom, Mexico, and Nigeria. [3]


Best of State Award: The company IAC has been named one of the winners in 2003 - 2013 (19 awards. In 2009 IAC was honored with the best of state statue "BOSS" trophy for their contributions in community development.[4] It also received an award in the FY 2006 Small Business Subcontractor Awards Program of UT-Battelle, LLC, operator of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.[5]

International Stevie Award: IAC won "Manufacturer of the Year" in 2012 and "Automotive / Transportation Company of the Year" in 2013 International Stevie Award for “The best Multinational Company in North America” in the 2008 and "The Best International Satellite Facility" in 2007. International Business Awards.[6]

Small Business Subcontractor of the Year: In 2007 IAC was selected from more than 1,700 finalists from more than 30 countries.

Entrepreneur of the Year: In 2006, Mark F. Burton, Founder and CEO of IAC was recognized by Ernst and Young as “Entrepreneur of the Year,”

IAC were selected as the 2006 recipients of the “Contractor Small Business of the Year”. This award recognizes businesses that excel in contract performance that service and supply the U.S. Government.

Other awards for IAC include Entrepreneur Magazine’s “100 Hottest Companies in America” and Inc. Magazine’s “Inc. 500 - #6.”

See also[edit]


  1. ^ (International Armoring News)
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ Utah Best of State
  5. ^ UT-Battelle, LLC - Oak Ridge National Laboratory - FY 2006 Small Business Subcontractor Awards Program
  6. ^ [3]