Recent shootings mean uptick for one Franklin Co. business

Executive Wood Products. Credit: KMOV

With recent mass shootings, a Sullivan company is seeing an increase in orders for bulletproof furniture.

The company is Executive Wood Products. If you see a world leader standing behind a lectern or podium that is anti-ballistic, chances are that it comes from Sullivan.

“The White House, 32 different countries, almost every agency within the government has a lectern, podium/workstation, we’ve made it for them,” said Tina Siebenman with Executive Wood Products.

With recent shootings, such as the mass shooting at a church in Texas, some churches are ordering bullet resistant pews.

The company currently has 20 employees but it is so busy that it will expand to 30 in a few months. The founder and CEO said the expansion is bittersweet.

“The bitter part is that people have to be hurt for other people to recognize they need this, but the sweet part for us isn’t the fact that we’re busy. The sweet part is the material we create can help save lives and that’s our intention,” said company founder and CEO Paul Alexander.

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