Vice President Mike Pence

Vice President Mike Pence scheduled a campaign visit to Peoria Thursday, Oct. 8.

Even with President Donald Trump recovering from COVID-19, his second-in-command planned a campaign visit to Peoria at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8.

“Join Vice President Mike Pence for a Make America Great Again! Event in Peoria,” said a website for registration, linked from

Coming the day after a scheduled debate with Sen. Kamala Harris of California, the Democratic nominee for vice president, the Pence Peoria event was scheduled for TYR Tactical, at 9330 N. 91st Avenue.

In 2017, TYR Tactical in Peoria celebrated a grand opening of its 78,000-square-foot global headquarters near Loop 101 and Olive Avenue.

TYR produces high-end tactical body armor, vests, pouches, backpacks and clothing for law enforcement and special operations. According to the company, lients include the FBI, DEA, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Marshal Service and many SWAT teams in the Valley, including those from Peoria, Glendale and Scottsdale.

“At TYR Tactical, we set out to revolutionize tactical equipment for the Next Generation Warrior,” says the TYR website. “At our state-of-the-art facility in Arizona, we’ve assembled an elite team of scientists, designers, and sewing professionals. We are fully committed to advancing the performance of the men and women serving our country.”

According to records released by the Small Business Association, TYR Tactical, which employs 297 in Peoria, received a Paycheck Protection Program loan between $2 and $5 million.

Businesses maintaining full employment will not have to pay back the federal PPP loans. 

Even when Trump was hospitalized, Pence remained characteristically upbeat. “WH (White House) Task Force met today. Working around the clock to expand testing, PPE, therapeutics and expect to have a vaccine by end of 2020,” Pence tweeted on Oct. 4.  

“Grateful for the prayers for President Trump, FLOTUS (First Lady Melania Trump) and EVERY American family dealing with COVID-19. We Will Get Through This Together!”