Written by Phil Cerroni
What do companies that spent the last decade building war materials do when there is no war?
Specializing in armored glass, Addison based Consolidated Armor Products (CAP) made their bread and butter outfitting tactical vehicles for the military. Now they are changing their entire marketing strategy to focus on bringing high quality, custom glass creations to the civilian consumer through a line of products ranging from the utilitarian to the artistic.
Perhaps the most accessible product CAP offers is a close relative of their ballistic armor, called vehicle security glass, or VSG. Designed to protect against smash and grabs, an eight inch sheet of polycarbonate is laminated to the inside of the existing window, keeping it from breaking even under the force of a 10 pound sledgehammer.
If the $5,000 price tag seems too steep for this James Bond-style accessory, it is worth noting that at North Park Mall alone there are on average five to seven smash and grabs every week involving cars like Mercedes and BMWs. Insurance companies are usually happy to replace damaged VSG windows, said Paul Sivertson CAP’s CEO, because the price is much lower than replacing a stolen vehicle and its contents.