For Blake Waldrop, protecting law enforcement isn’t just a job – it’s a mission borne out of personal tragedy.
The founder of RMA Armament, Inc. in Centerville, Iowa, maker of bullet-proof vests, lost a friend in Iraq in 2005. His friend died even though he was wearing body armor. Since then, the goal of the former Marine and police officer was to make a product better than those on the market.
It’s a responsibility that Waldrop and his team take extremely seriously.
“We screw up here in the slightest fashion, in any stage of the manufacturing, somebody dies,” he told Fox News .
Waldrop said the response from law enforcement has been enthusiastic. Being recognized by the President of the United States wasn’t a bad perk, either.
In July 2017, RMA was one of 50 companies selected by the White House for their “Made In America” showcase. That meant a trip to Washington, D.C., and a visit to meet President Trump and Vice President Pence.
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