Universal City company introduces bulletproof film for glass windows
SAN ANTONIO – Many school administrators are looking for different ways or options to keep students and staff safe after the deadly mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde.
A1 Glass Coating is a Universal City-based company that works with area districts to make glass windows and doors safer.
The company introduced its Bulletproof Film to Converse on Wednesday, a product the company says keeps kids safe in classrooms.
“It’s the only system of its kind that stops bullets,” said Michael Wanke, owner of A1 Glass. “It will stop most handguns, 9 millimeters, the most common handgun.”
Wanke explained that a thin layer of film is lined inside a glass window or pane on a door. Wanke said the solution on the liner then soaks into the glass.
“The real secret to the system is a product called C-bond and it’s a nanotechnology solution that actually penetrates the glass because the glass is porous at a microscopic level. The glass cures effectively and makes it 150% stronger than it normally wouldn’t,” Wanke said. “The film acts as a safety net and basically captures, holds everything together.”
Wanke said what also makes this product different is that it allows a person inside to shoot a potential shooter outside.
“It would allow someone inside to shoot it. There are no other systems like that. If you use polycarbonate or ballistic glazing, it’s two-way,” Wanke said.
The protest took place in front of a group of people, including representatives from local school districts.
“The inside shooting aspect was very interesting,” said Tim Sotore, chief estimator at Guido Construction services.
Sotore was at the protest because his construction company was contacted by a school in Uvalde after the mass shooting. The school is not affiliated with Uvalde CISD.
“If your glass is applicable to receive the film, it can also go on some existing systems, so it’s very versatile and that’s why we’re looking at this product in particular,” Sotore said.
Sotore said he wanted to see the product and test it before returning to school with his recommendation.
“If there’s any chance of presenting something, of preventing something from happening to children, it’s first and foremost in their minds,” Sotore said. “And you can tell it in their hearts when they talk to me.”
Wanke said the company began installing the product five years ago in school districts, including the Northeast and San Antonio ISDs.
A NEISD spokesperson told KSAT that glass is used on many district campuses and was part of NEISD’s bond in 2015 when the district installed secure entrance vestibules.
SAISD has not confirmed that the district uses this specific product, but told KSAT that the district will use bulletproof products in future bond projects.
“We’ve done over 100 schools here in Texas, and again, it’s a very effective system,” Wanke said.
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