Ceradyne issues preliminary sales figures

Ceradyne Inc., the body armor manufacturer that has plants in Lexington, announced Monday that its preliminary sales figure for 2009 was $401 million.

The company said revenue was affected by the federal government's revised ceramic body armor testing and inspection procedures, which delayed shipment of $8 million in products from the fourth quarter of 2009 to the first quarter of this year.

The company also announced Tuesday that it has received a $12.4 million order for ceramic body armor from the U.S. Army's Research, Development and Engineering Command in Maryland.