I just got an email from a guy in Northern Ireland who said:
“I live in Northern Ireland and I am sure there would be a strong market for your product here and throughout the UK.
So here is my response back to him (with some history added in for those who don’t remember:
Ironically, the development of our product, generically known as security window film, had its start in Northern Ireland. The need for the technology of protecting windows from blast waves from explosions arose during the 70’s series of car bombings called “the troubles” in Northern Ireland. (That was when car bombs were due to IRA (Irish Republican army), not Al Qaida that didn’t exist then.)
The manufacturer has dealers where you are. I hope there isn’t a return to the troubles due to Brexit. I have been to Limerick and Dublin and really liked the Irish people. Glad to hear from you.
I once met a guy from Northern Ireland who told me what happened. He said that the IRA would call the police and say something like “Car bomb is going off in 2 minutes.” (unlike Al Qaida and ISIS, who never give warnings). The police would hit a button and sirens would blare. He said: “When you heard the siren, you ran away from the windows as fast as you could –because when the blast wave hit the windows, the glass exploded into people’s faces.” A glass grenade kills as easily as one made of steel. So the 70’s troubles in Ireland was when they first developed this special film to put on glass to contain it when impacted by violent forces.
It didn’t catch on in the U.S. until the 911 wake up call. Someone woke up. In 2002, over 500,000 s.f. of the same 8 mil security film that Armor Glass sells today was put on Washington DC federal buildings from the Pentagon to Congress to the White House.
It’s still there, doing its job. The same film also provides hurricane and tornado protection, which kill buildings by hurling debris through the glass, causing instant uplift as the winds try to find a way out. That leads to structural damage or collapse.
The identical film is being used by schools to keep shooters at the glass entrance instead of bullets blowing out the glass in 2 seconds, leaving an empty frame they can walk though and disappear down a hallway inside a giant building where they can do horrible stuff until police can find them. Our film will delay them at the glass entrance, where police can see them — and engage to take them out.
Armor Glass® saves lives in many ways. And it saves energy costs, cuts solar heat and harmful UV rays. Every pane of glass on the planet should have it on it. How about protecting your glass and your building with Armor Glass® security film today?