The Armor Group

The Armor Group, Inc. is a corporation comprised of eight divisions that provide manufactured products and related services to meet a wide variety of applications. Each division has an experienced staff ready to respond to your manufacturing needs quickly and efficiently for projects of all sizes. We have more than ninety years of experience serving our markets and are committed to providing our customers with the quality products and services they have come to rely on. Headquartered in Mason, Ohio we have over 500,000 SF of manufacturing space available throughout our international footprint. 

Mission and Values

Our Mission

To earn our customer’s business and create value by being a trusted provider of on-time quality manufactured solutions, engineered equipment and aftermarket services. We will achieve a sustainable competitive advantage by leveraging our financial discipline, practicing process-driven management and fully deploying our value added resources

Our Values

  • We are direct, honest and respectful
    with employees, customers, and vendors.
  • We behave with integrity at all times.
  • We are intense and passionate about what we do.
  • We are committed to delighting our customers.
  • We are dedicated to continuous improvement.
  • We win through teamwork and individual accountability.
  • We share the benefits of our success.

The Armor Group History

In 1927, the Edward C. Bott family started Armor Metal Products in downtown Cincinnati. The company’s products were primarily steel workbenches, shop cabinets, and tables. 

In 1948, the Bott family moved the business to Beekman Street just 5 miles north of downtown. Armor continued to manufacture various industrial products with an employment base of 20-50 workers depending on current demand.

During the 1970’s, Armor was purchased by LeBlond Machine Tool Company to assist in the fabrication of LeBlond lathes. LeBlond changed the company name to Armor Metal Fabrication. Beginning in the 1980’s the LeBlond family began selling ownership in the machine tool company to Makino. The LeBlond name eventually changed to LeBlond Makino and then to just Makino as the Japanese company bought 100% ownership from the LeBlond family. Makino decided to exit the lathe business to focus on machining centers. Although Armor continued to fabricate various components for Makino, after the lathes business was gone, Armor became more of a job shop doing work for other OEM’s.

With Armor’s acquisitions and growth, we now offer full service contract manufacturing along with our own product lines of waste and recycling receptacles, cleaning and finishing systems for the metal and food industries, specialty mobile medical vehicles, generator enclosures, fuel tanks, and trailers, and utility and telecommunications shelters. In 2000, Armor moved the Beekman Street operation to a newer and larger facility in Sharonville, Ohio. Our continued growth generated the need for an even larger facility and in 2006, Armor moved its Sharonville operation to a 315,000 square SF in Mason, Ohio. Later, Armor opened facilities in Shanghai, China, Lebanon, Ohio and Elkhart, Indiana.

Armor Historic Photo of Worker