Ceradyne, Inc. recently announced the opening of a new vehicle armor design and armored vehicle prototype facility in Wixom, Mich. The company is expanding its armor systems design and engineering capability for both military and commercial vehicles. The new Wixom facility is planned to be a center of engineering excellence for the design and application of advanced armor and blast protection systems for the military's tactical wheeled vehicle fleet. The Wixom facility will be managed by Mike Kurilla, senior manager of Business Development. Kurilla joined Ceradyne in June 2001 as the armored vehicle manager in the Detroit area. "The new facility was established in the Detroit area due to the proximity to various suppliers of vehicle related components and services, as well as the government's Tank Automotive Command (TACOM) in Warren, Mich," said Marc King, vice president of Armor Operations. "With this expansion, we can help prevent vehicle manufacturers from going into another round of costly design changes for armor components on future vehicles. We are already working closely with prime contractors as well as the government to ensure that we are ahead of their requirements in the future."