Premieres Fri, March 24,2006
GI Factory takes us inside the fascinating and secretive world of military equipment. Each episode explores three factories to reveal how they make the gear, vehicles, and weapons America's fighting forces need. In addition to getting deep into the nuts and bolts of the process, host Kelly Perdew (West Point graduate and winner of The Apprentice) will introduce us to the designers who create the product, the engineers who test it before it goes into battle, and the hard-working folks on the factory floor who craft, shape, weld, and hammer raw materials into battle-ready systems. Then he'll field test it himself. Stories include the Abrams battle tank factory in Lima, Ohio; Tempe, Arizona's Armor Works who make body armor for the troops, and FN Manufacturing in Columbia, SC where the legendary M-16 rifles are built.
About the Host: Kelly Perdew
Kelly Perdew is an experienced entrepreneur, having led major negotiations and implemented successful operational strategies at a range of companies. Most recently, Kelly's entrepreneurial skills and strategic thinking abilities were put to the test on the highly acclaimed NBC show, The Apprentice.
Since winning and becoming “The Apprentice,” Kelly has been assigned to several high profile projects for the Trump Organization. Prior to that, Kelly held chairman and CEO positions for companies such as www.MotorPride.com, CoreObjects Software, www.eteamz.com and K12 Productions. Kelly was also a strategy manager at Deloitte Consulting and CFO for ImageTel.
Kelly served as a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army and successfully completed both Airborne and Ranger training. He holds a B.S. degree from the United States Military Academy, West Point, and earned his M.B.A. from The Anderson School at UCLA and his JD from the UCLA School of Law.
Kelly also donates his time as a celebrity spokesperson for Big Brothers/Sisters (www.bbbs.org) and the National Guard Youth Challenge Program (www.ngycp.org).