Second Chance

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Second Chance Body Armor has asked a bankruptcy court for permission to slash nearly 100 jobs in northern Michigan.

Employees were notified yesterday afternoon that the Central, Michigan-based company's operations will move to Geneva, Alabama, by April 22.

Company vice president Matt Davis said the job cuts are necessary to emerge from Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.

Second Chance, the nation's largest manufacturer of soft, concealable body armor for law enforcement, filed for bankruptcy protection in October.

The company faces mounting legal bills to defend itself from accusations that it sold defective bullet-resistant vests to police departments and said it had incurred steep costs to upgrade or replace 80-thousand of their older vests.

Second Chance has been sued in at least ten states.

The decision to move jobs to south Alabama was made after a consultant determined it would let the company reduce overhead and improve cash flow.