Maker of protective gear for police, military plans a move to Baltimore

A company that makes protective body wear for the military and police plans to move to Baltimore from Prince George’s county in July and ramp up to 26 employees by year’s end.

Officials with Semforex Inc. said they would relocate 10 workers initially to 1100 Wicomico St. in Pigtown, near Carroll Camden Industrial Park and the city’s football and baseball stadiums. The building can accommodate its plans to grow to as many as 300 workers as it expands manufacturing over the next several years.

Semforex designs, manufactures and sells a line of more comfortable protective equipment products and apparel. The company was founded in 2012 by a military veteran, Michael Lamb, who said he found his heavy flack vest uncomfortable during his service in Europe.

Lamb, who is the company CEO, said officials looked in seven states but chose Baltimore City where there is a ready work force and other manufacturers and a location close to Interstate 95.

Semforex currently contracts with Blind Industries Services of Maryland to make its products but plans to move those operations in-house as it expands.

The building, owned by Tower Hill Development & Consulting, is about two-thirds full with more than two dozen other tenants including Under Armour and Baltimore Bioworks, according to the the real estate information firm CoStar.

The state Department of Commerce said it provided Semforex with some site selection assistance but gave no incentives. The company could become eligible for some tax credits depending on how many jobs it creates.

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