Buddy Lockwood was in the middle of Afghanistan when he decided to relocate to Fort Payne.
On his last rotation, he had to pick a place to move to in the U.S., and Fort Payne was on the list. The Colorado native had long been a fan of Alabama, the country band based in DeKalb County, and a quick call where he learned about all of the outdoor opportunities in the area sealed the deal.
“Literally on a little small map on a satellite phone in Afghanistan, I decided to move to Fort Payne,” he says. “I fell in love with the community.”
And that’s where, in 2015, Lockwood founded Artemis Shielding, a company that builds materials to shield people from radiation.
Our shielding is unique in the fact that it’s all non-toxic,” says Lockwood, who is CEO of the company. “It’s all lead-free. It’s recyclable. If you don’t want to recycle it, you can just dispose of it in your regular old waste. There’s no harm to humans.”
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