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ActivArmor receives $750,000 grant, new jobs & expansion

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For the first time ever a Pueblo company has received the Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant.

The recipient is ActivArmor, the developer of the first commercially available 3-D printed casts in the United States.

The company received the $750,000 grant on Monday which means it can now expand its work into a dozen clinics across the country.

The companys owner & founder, Diana Hall, says the grant will also create more than 20 jobs in the next couple of years.

"I think it's great for PuebloI grew up here. I love it. It's my hometown."

Monday was a proud day for Hall.

"We just received the Advanced Industries Grant from the Colorado Office of Economic Development."

Its a big deal when it comes to Pueblos job market because its always been a little bit tough with the old-school manufacturing so it's really nice to be able to bring bio-science and advance manufacturing jobs right here to Pueblo, said Hall.

Another bonus from the grant is that ActivArmor can now take its mission, making 3-D printed casts, to the next level.

"We're looking for partnering clinics who want to provide ActivArmor. It's very simple. You just set up a scannerdo a 30 second scan, upload the files to us, and we create the ActivArmor and it's custom."

Hall says traditional casts can track bacteria, are stuffy, bulky, and not the best option when it comes to hygiene.

"These ones allow you to get back to your normal lifestyle activities so patients can swim, bathe, sweat, shower in them. Athletes can continue to train in them and so they just give you a lot more freedomthere are over 500 patients all across the country wearing these right now."

Its a number that Hall expects will increase as more clinics partner with the company. Its a win for patients and for Pueblo.

Hall says ActivArmor opened its first clinic last month in Los Angeles. The second clinic opens on Tuesday in Illinois.

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