SULLIVAN, Mo. (KMOX) – Among those hoping to save lives if there’s another mass shooting at a church or business is a Sullivan company that makes ballistic lecterns, benches and even church pews.
Executive Wood Products has been providing the government, including the White House, with bullet-resistant lecterns and podiums since 1997. Now, it’s making ballistic church and courthouse pews, furnishings and even desk inserts.
Director Tina Siebenman says unfortunately, they’ll probably be selling ballistic furniture to churches.
“The church is the safest place on Earth,” she says. “When I hear them say that it’s time for these churches to take more serious efforts to protect themselves, I think people will start listening, and I think we’re going to start seeing those changes.”
While business is booming, Siebenman admits there is a dark side to it all.
“What we provide for the public and for the government is truly a bittersweet product,” she says. “However, we feel so proud with what we do and so proud that we can help and serve people.”
Siebenman says the company that started as a small basement woodshop 35 years ago entered the ballistics business after the owner’s son became a green beret after 9/11.
Executive Wood Products now has 20 employees, with plans to add at least 10 more within in the next year.