HIT to join U.S. Department of Commerce on International Protection Trade Mission

Acting Under Secretary of International Trade Ken Hyatt will lead 16 companies to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Acting Under Secretary of Commerce Ken Hyatt announced he will lead 16 U.S. companies on a three-stop safety and security industry trade mission to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The mission will introduce U.S. firms to the regional security market and to assist U.S. companies in pursuing export opportunities in this sector.

“The Gulf region represents enormous export potential for U.S. companies,” Hyatt said. “The defense and security markets continue to grow globally, and firms on this mission are wellpositioned to enter into partnerships with Kuwaiti and Saudi businesses and government. The Department of Commerce has a proven track record of providing export assistance to companies looking to enter or expand in target markets.”

The mission will visit Kuwait City, Kuwait, as well as Riyadh and Dhahran in Saudi Arabia. At each stop, the Acting Under Secretary will meet with government officials and industry representatives to discuss trade priorities and potential areas of cooperation.

Throughout the mission, firms will gain insights on the region’s expanding markets, make industry connections, learn best practices, attend customized one-on-one business appointments, and create contacts with prospective partners. Companies will return with a deeper knowledge of the area and its dynamic growth in the security space.

The security and defense sector is a large and rapidly changing industry. Saudi Arabia has been the world’s biggest defense market for U.S. exporters over the past two years, and it is forecast to procure $14 billion worth of security systems and services over the next three years. The Government of Kuwait is implementing a country-wide plan to significantly increase investment in safety and security equipment through 2020.

The trade mission delegation includes a diverse group of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and large corporations. Included in the group are:

Ameristar Perimeter Security, USA – Tulsa, OK

Applied Concepts, Inc. – Lake Mary, FL

Comm-Port Technologies Inc. – Cranbury, NJ

DFNDR Armor – Camarillo, CA

DigitalGlobe – Longmont, CO

ENODO Global, Inc. – Fairfax, VA

High Impact Technology, LLC – Tigard, OR

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., Modular Systems Division – San Diego, CA

Maxxess Systems, Inc. – Yorba Linda, CA

Navajo Fabrics – Westerly, RI

SureFire, LLC – Fountain Valley, CA

Tracer Technology Systems, Inc. – Billings, MT

TASC Management Corporation – Sterling, VA

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) – College Station, TX

ZanstraSat, LLC – Columbia, MD


Tigard based High Impact Technology earns presidential export award "E" Award from US Department of Commerce.

e awardWe are honored to be the first Oregon firm in 22 years to earn this distinguished honor and the only Oregon company to receive this recognition this year. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

In 1961, President Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America's exporters. Today’s honorees — the largest group to ever receive this award — helped contribute to the United States’ exporting $2.23 trillion worth of goods and services in 2015, and the estimated 11.5 million American jobs supported by exports.


Tigard’s High Impact Technology is Working to Solve the World’s Problems…

Russ Monk admits he’s overprotective.

In fact, it’s his company’s motto.

For the past 15 years, Monk has made the long drive from his home in Salem to his office at High Impact Technology, a Tigard company that works to save lives.

HIT, as Monk calls it, doesn’t have a flashy façade. Tucked away in the back of a nondescript industrial park in the heart of Tigard, it’s easy to miss the company’s small, faded sign on a loading dock welcoming visitors. But HIT has spent the last decade re-thinking the way that the U.S. military protects its soldiers.

“Do I love what I do? Well, yes,” Monk said, sitting at a conference table at HIT’s world headquarters off Southwest Tigard Street. Several plaques recognizing the company’s two dozen patents, nearly all awarded to Monk and engineer Tom Ohnstad, line the wall behind him.



Concrete That Can Withstand a Bomb Blast via Popular Mechanics

In the predawn darkness in April 2013, the attackers snipped telephone cables near Pacific Gas and Electric's Metcalf transmission substation outside San Jose, California. They systematically shot and knocked out seventeen of the transformers that power Silicon Valley. Within thirty minutes they were gone, leaving $15 million of damage behind them.

Although few Americans know about this attack, it exposed the vulnerability of our electrical grid. In response, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission demanded that utilities protect their substations. But it didn't say how. This year Oregon-based High Impact Technology (HIT) announced a solution: four-inch concrete walls that can withstand bomb blasts, bullets, 120-mph winds, and fires burning at 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit. That's more than a slight improvement on the existing technology. "When most of the grid was built, in the thirties, forties, fifties, and sixties, international terrorism or domestic terrorism wasn't part of the conversation," says HIT director of operations Russ Monk.

The new walls are reinforced with composite rebar that's twice as strong as steel, which forms a skeleton underneath a layer of high-grade reinforced concrete. An external rubberlike coating binds to the face of the concrete, allowing the walls to absorb cracks from the impact of blasts and bullets. Whereas normally it takes eight inches of solid concrete to stop a bullet, HIT's walls do it with four. And one of those is extra, added to handle wind load.



The Cost of Fuel

"News that in mid-July the Taliban destroyed 22 fuel tankers coming from Uzbekistan with fuel for NATO forces in the south, exemplifies the difficulty military forces in Afghanistan have in providing for the safe transportation of fuel both within the country, and to the front-line."