NanoRidge Materials Inc., a Houston-based nanotechnology manufacturing company, has partnered with Riley Solutions Inc. to manufacture and supply specialized nanotechnology-enhanced armor for the U.S. Department of Defense. As part of the partnership, Riley Solutions is moving its headquarters from North Carolina to Houston, TX, resulting in NanoRidge Materials expanding into a 55,000-ft2 facility and creating 300 new jobs for the region within the next three years. NanoRidge Materials, in close partnership with Riley Solutions, is delivering the armor for rigorous testing against the most destructive small arms fire. The armor is a blend of high-quality conventional light armor materials with advanced application of nanotechnology. This blended layering fundamentally improves the armor's resilience to impact and penetration, and thus it defeats the hostile round as it strikes the new composite material. After passing selection, this armor will provide U.S. military and law enforcement personnel serving at home or around the world with a lighter and more cost-effective protective solution.