Engineering company wins US Army work
A Newcastle-based engineering company which is part of the Reece Group has secured a contract worth almost $8m (£6.2m) with the US army.
Pearson Engineering is a supplier of counter-IED equipment and has been tasked with providing a "large number" of products for use in Afghanistan.
Its roller system (pictured) is designed to protect mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles from the effects of victim operated IEDs.
Pearson Engineering, whose head office is based at Newcastle's Armstrong Works, will have its in-house manufacturing capabilities supported by a US supply chain.
Technical director Randall Flack said: "Despite competition from very capable companies in the US, we have proven that Pearson Engineering are world-experts at providing these solutions and responding to the delivery needs of our customers.
"Our staff worked very hard to make this opportunity a success, which is testament to the engineering prowess and dedication that can be found within the company."
Projects director Simon Gilroy added: "We are looking forward to scaling up our operation to deliver against this contract.
"Our project teams retain very close ties with the U.S following years of providing breaching, manoeuvre support and counter-IED capability. This contract represents a natural extension of the hard work we have already put in to support the US Army and we look forward to developing our relationship."