ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - The threat of terrorism keeps American forces on guard overseas and here at home. St. Louisan Barry Corona has a business which is developing a new device in the battle against terrorism. It’s a bookcase; actually it’s what’s inside the bookcase. Corona said, “There are a lot of things out there that the general public has no idea they even exists.”
His business is located in this non-descript building in North St. Louis County, it’s called Production Products. Corona said, “The biggest customer we’ve always had is the Department of Defense.”
The company had a hand in the system that protects military aircraft against enemy missiles. People in the plant have manufactured chemical biological suits. In the medical field Corona’s company supplies an important part of M.R.I. machines.
More recently the company has been turning its attention to terrorism. Corona believes terrorists will soon realize they don’t have to blow themselves up to harm innocent people and create panic. A pressurized can filled with a bio/chem gas could cause plenty of chaos. Steve Lubak is an engineer at the business, “Pulling off a stunt like that isn’t difficult to do, so being prepared for it is about the only thing you can do.”
The company constructs shelters to keep people safe from weaponized chemicals and diseases. Lubak said, “It’s airtight and liquid tight.”
Plus they have big inflatable rooms that keep life threatening gases and liquids outside while troops work inside. Company officials say since 1994 presidents have had a small bio/chem bio shelter always nearby, always ready to deploy.
A bookcase is their latest creation. You wouldn’t be surprised to find it in an executive’s office or a James Bond film. When the books are moved aside people discover a computer that speaks 23 languages. When there’s a bio/chem threat a person can push a button and a shelter pops out the back and begins to inflate. Lubak said, “The duct tape around the doors and windows doesn’t get you there this provides clean filtered air pressurized on the inside to keep things outside.”
The shelter will hold about 15 people but they can make them larger. It takes about five minutes to inflate the whole thing, and then people have full-on protection.”
They plan to sell it to the government, possibly for people on Capitol Hill, embassies around the world even U.S. companies with offices in foreign countries.
The price of a small one starts at about $45,000.