Inside a cavernous former General Electric turbine plant on the outskirts of this tiny town, hundreds of workers crawl over the shells of incomplete Cougar, Buffalo and Mastiff armored trucks. This is the assembly floor of Force Protection Inc., which builds a menagerie of blast-proof vehicles for an alphabet soup of Pentagon programs and a growing list of foreign customers. Three years ago, the firm struggled to build a dozen vehicles per month for niche Army and Marine Corps orders, ...

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