Galvion of Portsmouth NH tells US trade rep about supply chain woes

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai toured Galvion on Tuesday, hearing from the Portsmouth company’s leadership how international trade and raw material purchases continue to face disruption stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Galvion designs and manufactures high-tech helmets and other armor for soldiers, as well as modern battery equipment that can be worn in battle. The company, which employs about 400 people across the U.S. and Canada, including 50 in New Hampshire, has struggled to acquire some of the fabrics it uses due to supply chain issues, noting that shipping container delays have elevated costs.

Tai said that she is hearing of similar challenges from companies across the country, more than two years after the start of the pandemic.

“Certainly that’s something that’s been a consistent theme, whether it’s ordering a washing machine for your home or component parts for these really important tactical gear that they are making here,” said Tai.