Southern States selects PolyOne’s GlasArmor composite panels

The products protect and camouflage utility substations and other critical facilities and equipment to mitigate physical attacks.

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Southern States, a Georgia manufacturer of products for the electric utility industry, recently selected PolyOne's, Cleveland, GlasArmor continuous glass-fiber composite panels to create its new custom Ballisti-Wall and Ballisti-Cover ballistic-resistant solutions. The two products protect and camouflage utility substations and other critical facilities and equipment to mitigate physical attacks.

To meet the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requirements, each utility company was required to perform a risk assessment of their systems, identify the most critical assets within the power grid, and then propose and implement a plan to protect them.

“PolyOne enabled us to quickly meet our utility customers’ growing demand for improved, customized physical asset protection,” said Dave Lombardo, general manager of the service division for Southern States. “The GlasArmor sheet technology meshed well with our performance and timeframe requirements. To date, we have worked with PolyOne on several projects, and look forward to continuing this extremely valuable and collaborative relationship.”

“The Southern States ballistic solutions are key elements in meeting the needs of utilities as they work to improve the security of critical assets,” said Craig Nikrant, president of specialty engineered materials at PolyOne. “We are proud to work with them to help protect our nation’s infrastructure from physical threats.”

Southern States ballistic-resistant solutions incorporate three layers of GlasArmor panels to achieve Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Level 8 protection. Level 8 specifies protection against a 7.62 mm rifle using a lead core, full metal jacket 0.308 caliber copper military ball. Using GlasArmor panels, Ballisti-Wall and Ballisti-Cover successfully encapsulate the bullet and prevent any ricochet that could be harmful to individuals or assets of the utilities.

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