BlastGard International, Inc. (BLGA-OTC: BB)
Interview with: James F. Gordon, Co-Founder,
Chairman and CEO
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materials, proven to effectively dissipate blast energy, quench flame fronts or flash
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BlastWrap Technology is a unique passive mitigation system that was designed to
instantaneously interacts with all explosive events, significantly reducing
the impact explosions have on people and property
BlastGard International, Inc.
12900 Automotive Blvd., Ste. D
Clearwater, FL 33762-4715
James F. Gordon
Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO
Interview conducted by:
Lynn Fosse, Senior Editor
August 25, 2005
James F. Gordon Chairman, CEO and Board member. As co-inventor of
BlastWrap, Mr. Gordon is responsible for the overall policies, management
development and the Companys future expansion and promotion of BlastWrap
products. Mr. Gordon has 25 years of sales and marketing experience as a licensed
real estate broker and appraiser. He co-founded and was Vice President of Sea Gull
Ltd. Builders, a successful land development and construction company. For sixteen
years, Mr. Gordon designed and constructed executive single-family homes. He later
focused on the design, construction and sale of Medical Condo office buildings. Mr.
Gordon received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Monmouth University, West Long Branch,
New Jersey. Mr. Gordon is also a U.S. Army veteran, an avid duplicate bridge player and a
Mr. Gordon, what is your vision for BlastGard?
Mr. Gordon: BlastGardŽ BGI was created to develop,
design, manufacture and market proprietary blast mitigation materials. Our Patent-pending
BlastWrap technology is scientifically engineered and has proven to effectively
dissipate blast energy, quench flame fronts or flash fires resulting from explosions,
regardless of the material or compound causing the explosion. This unique technology may
be used to create new finished products or create products to retrofit existing products.
While the need for this technology has always been present, the security and safety
concerns resulting from the continued terrorist attacks, make the timing of BlastGards
emergence even more important. BlastWrap technology goes far beyond the current protection
paradigm, detection and prevention of security breaches, by offering real protection in
the event something goes wrong. BlastWrap products were created with the knowledge that no
system can detect or prevent all intentional or accidental explosive incidents. BlastGard
has developed a technology that completes the security system; when detection and
prevention fail, BlastWrap offers protection against explosions. Through advances in
technology and engineering, BlastGardŽ goals are to create high-quality, low-cost
solutions for blast mitigation, allowing government and commercial sectors the opportunity
to protect lives and prevent or minimize destruction in a simple cost effective manner.
CEOCFO: Mr. Gordon, what is the first product you are rolling out?
Mr. Gordon: BlastGard International's BlastWrap
Technology represents a breakthrough in public safety by providing a remarkable new
class of blast resistant and blast mitigating trash receptacles. The new BlastGard MTR 91
and BlastGard MTR 101 blast mitigated trash receptacles will save lives and lessen damage
to valuable assets. Both MTRs were complete tested at the Redstone Explosive
Technical Test Center, at the U.S. Army's Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.
The BlastWrap technology is unparalleled in mitigating the destructive effects of blasts
of all kinds, including high explosives. Our BlastWrap technology is an important aspect
of emergency management because blast and fire will kill you as easily as a speeding
bullet. BlastWrap allowed us to develop a new generation of explosion resistant trash
receptacles that are both blast containment and blast mitigated. BlastGards MTR 91
and MTR 101 is the only trash receptacle that addresses all four hazards of an explosion:
Primary Fragmentation fragments from an IED or a pipe bomb
Secondary Fragmentation (the receptacle stays together)
Blast Pressures / reflected pressures and flame fronts or fireballs
BlastWrap is unique and instantaneously interacts with an explosion, both chemically and
mechanically. BlastWrap reduces the blast pressures by about 80% while simultaneously
quenching the fireball of the explosion, in 4 or 5 milliseconds. Additionally, primary
fragments are captured and there are no secondary fragments. The existing explosion proof
trashcans on the market today are a significant risk to the public in the event of an
explosion. America has been mislead and were given a false sense of security by the
products that are currently employed. The trash receptacles purchased since 911 virtually
due nothing to reduce the fireball or blast pressures and rarely, if ever, stay together.
BlastGards MTR 91 and MTR 101 are the only trash receptacles that address all four
components of an explosive event. Accredited third party explosive experts successfully
and thoroughly tested both the MTR 91 & the MTR 101. BlastGards blast
containment and blast mitigated MTR 91 and MTR 101 will go a long way in enhancing the
safety of all those who use public transportation. The MTR trash receptacle is the only
choice for maximum protection from IEDs, pipe bombs and all other explosive threats.
BlastGards BlastWrap technology will save lives, reduce blast injuries and
lessen damage to valuable assets, even with very large charge blasts.
CEOCFO: In closing, why should potential investors be interested and what should
they realize about Blastgard International BlastWrap Technology that is not always evident
at first glance?
Gordon: An investor should recognize that terrorism is and will be a severe
problem for all humanity for many years to come. It is imperative that as a nation we
recognize the necessity to be better prepared, when the terrorist strike again.
Preparedness is critical and we must plan for "predictable attacks of criminal or
terrorist activity"; so, a shortfall in preparedness is not prudent.
Response strategy must recognize potential problems and employ new technologies that can
reduce the impact of explosions on people and property.
Recent events in London have again
demonstrated that the majority of injuries and deaths were the result of blast pressures
and reflected blast pressures. In confined areas (such as subways, train stations
and airports) unmitigated explosions will create substantial reflected
pressures. Damage to human lungs, the central nervous system, the gastrointestinal tract,
etc. is generated by a blast wave as it passes through the human body. The severity of
this damage directly correlates to the duration of the event. When an explosion occurs
inside a highly reflective environment (such as a subway hall), the pressures bounce
off of the walls and the same blast wave travels through the body numerous times, each
time enhancing the duration and the internal damage. This phenomenon results in the charge
seeming to be much more powerful than for an explosion in the open. When blast pressures
bounce off walls, floors and ceilings, that activity causes reflected
pressures of up to 8X the incident pressure and becomes "virtually" a much
larger charge. Therefore a 10 lb bomb could become an 80 lb bomb (in
milliseconds) because of these reflected pressures. That happened in London, in
Madrid and everyday in Iraq. Approximately, fifty percent of all casualties in
Iraq are strictly from blast pressures and thermal/fireball
effects. The Pentagon has recently documented this statement. Current events
clearly demonstrate the importance of incorporating BlastGards BlastWrap Mitigation
technology in both commercial and military applications. Blast Mitigation will save
lives today and in the future and BlastGard is on the cutting edge of this new emerging
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