PITTSFIELD, MA—Lenco Armored Vehicles, designer and manufacturer of armored response and rescue vehicles, announced that it celebrated 40 years in business in February 2021.
What began as a family-owned and -operated small business in the Berkshires has grown to become an industry leader with more than 6,000 vehicles produced and in operation in over 40 countries around the globe, according to a company release.
Lenco Armored Vehicle’s product line has evolved to serve police and government, military and international, and fire and EMS entities.
“I’ve always believed that in business you need to be better, faster, or cheaper than your competitors, or don’t even bother,” stated Len Light, Lenco president and CEO. “When we started Lenco, we made the conscious decision to be better on quality and faster on innovative product improvements. We went into the field and listened to our end-users, which enabled us to better design the product from an end-user’s point of view.”
Best known for its iconic BearCat, Lenco’s product line has evolved into mission-specific models with proprietary features, from public safety, fire and medical response in hazardous and severe weather conditions, to counter-IED and combat fire in international conflicts and military war zones.
“As we transition to our third and fourth generations, we thank all members of our staff, past and present, for their many contributions and years of dedication and hard work in achieving this milestone,” said Light. “We can all be proud of the work we do every day, providing public safety to first responders with life-saving equipment as they perform their jobs in some very challenging, dangerous and life-threatening situations.”
Founded in 1981, Lenco Armored Vehicles revolutionized tactical response with the advent of the BEAR and BearCat, and has since designed and fabricated more than 6,000 armored vehicles in service by more than 800 state and federal agencies in all 50 states. Lenco prides itself on protecting defenders around the world and serving as the standard in the industry.