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Local Firm Produces Vehicles for Feds

Mattman Specialty Vehicle Inc., a San Marcos-based maker of security vehicles for both the defense and commercial sectors, said it completed production of the first nine armored vehicles for the U.S. State Department, part of a 12-car deal that is worth $2 million.

The contract represents the company’s largest order from the federal government in its history, and reflects its emphasis on defense and homeland security this year, the company said.

Formed in 1983 by former Secret Service agent Jurg Mattman, the company initially provided security protection to VIPs and dignitaries. A contract to provide security for a nationwide tour of the Bill of Rights in 1990 required it to design and produce a mobile command post used to protect the historic document.

As a result, Mattman has since focused exclusively on specialty vehicle production and built more than 500 units for medical and educational institutions, law enforcement, and commercial customers.

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Mattman, which produces its vehicles from a new, 29,000-square-foot facility in San Marcos, said last year’s sales reached $9.9 million, up 40 percent from the prior year, and it reported a backlog of sales in excess of $14 million. This year’s projected sales are $14 million, while earnings before taxes are estimated at $1 million.

, Mike Allen

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