Early in his presentation, Ceradyne Vice President Marc King distinguished his employer from the pack. "The majority of what we do today is related to defense," he said, "however, I want to be perfectly clear, we do not categorize ourselves as a defense company."
Not a defense company, eh? No, that wouldn't be perfectly clear to the casual observer of Ceradyne's business. TheFull story at Forbes.com
, company makes high-end ceramics from synthetic materials (as opposed to traditional ceramics, fired from non-metallic minerals like clay). In 2006, nearly three-quarters of Ceradyne's $663 million revenues came from sales of ceramic body armor to defense customers. Costa Mesa, Calif.