NEW MADRID - Kontek Industries received a $1.4 million federal grant to continue its Homeland Security and force protection research in 2006. The grant was made final when President Bush signed the FY06 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill.
Kontek, in partnership with the University of Missouri-Rolla, will use the grant to continue to establish functionality and architectural standards for blast mitigation, access control and perimeter security barrier systems.
"We are very happy to be working with the University of Missouri-Rolla again on this very important project," said Don Utz, president of Kontek. "This research will help us to continue making state-of-the-art force protection products that help make our country and those who serve and protect it, as safe as possible, while creating jobs right here in Southeast Missouri.
Kontek initiated this research project two years ago as a result of the demand from federal agencies for blast and ballistic-resistant perimeter vehicle barriers and walls. The demand has increased over the last year with several government agencies contacting Kontek with requests for assistance.
These collaborative research efforts have already paid off. Kontek has received contracts to design, test and deploy blast and vehicle crash resistant barriers to protect the perimeter of 12 nuclear plants as well as other government and private facilities. Last year's research also yielded a tested mortar shield canopy, a mortar-shielded troop housing, a guardhouse that is blast tested and defeats .50 caliber armor piercing rounds, rocket propelled grenade shields and various pending projects related to high security survivability.
"We could not have conducted this research without the help of our Missouri congressional delegation members Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, Sen. Kit Bond and Sen. Jim Talent," said Utz. "All of them saw the national security importance of this research and their support was integral in helping make this grant a reality. Now, with their continued support, we can continue to take the results of this research and make them into commercially viable force protection and Homeland Security products."
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To learn more about Kontek Industries and its products, go to www.kontekindustries.com.