Ceradyne receives $25 million order

Ceradyne Inc. has received a $25.1 million order for ceramic body armor parts known as small arms protective inserts, or SAPI.

The inserts, which are used by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, will be made at Ceradyne's Lexington armor plant and shipped by mid-2009 to the U.S. Army's Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland.

In its announcement Monday, Ceradyne said the armor is for foreign military sales, meaning that they could be purchased by a friendly country for its military or police.

Ceradyne is based in California and has two ceramics plants in Lexington that make military and industrial products. The company's stock trades on Nasdaq as CRDN.