Impact Security, LLC. (IS) was established in 2016 as a manufacturer of critically needed security solutions to solve the age-old problem of glazed openings [the glass] being the building’s weakest link. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. and having fabrication and dealer partners across the US, IS exists to engineer forced-entry and bullet resistant retrofit glazing products designed to keep the bad guys outside.
Impact Security is led by a dedicated group of glazing industry experts committed to saving property and lives with over 200 years of experience solving glass related problems all over the world. Go here to meet the leadership Team.
Impact Security offers its patented products under the DefenseLite and BulletShield brands for installation at schools, retailers, municipal buildings and other at-risk property in the US and Canada.
DefenseLite® is a patented forced-entry security glazing system manufactured by Impact Security and has secured thousands of glazed openings across the US. This retrofit security shield is designed to mount onto the existing glazing, creating unmatched protection against smash-and-grab crime. DefenseLite transforms windows and doors into impenetrable openings that are 250 times stronger than glass alone. DefenseLite is NOT an applied security film, but rather a heavy gauge architectural grade polycarbonate shield and extruded framing system designed to keep intruders out. The surface of the polycarbonate is UV coated to protect against degradation and the systems can be warranted up to 15 years. Scratching, graffiti and other factors that may result in damage of the material are mitigated by our proprietary sacrificial laminated coating that protects the surface of the DefenseLite shield. DefenseLite’s patent pending “Moore Venting System” prevents moisture and condensation buildup prevalent in competing over-glaze systems.
As the bullet-resistant derivative of DefenseLite, BulletShield is independently tested to meet UL 752 ballistic ratings, preventing breach of glazing systems against assault from handguns and assault rifles. BulletShield can be installed over your existing glass from the interior or exterior depending on existing glazing and site conditions. With certified dealers and installation teams in every major city, architects, general contractors, building owners and specifiers can be confident of the ease of access anywhere in the United States.
“As a security and protective design and engineering consultant for 45 years, and after having participated in reviewing, analyzing, testing and subsequently specifying many different force protection products for clients with extreme security concerns, I would strongly advise those in similar positions to consider the products sold under the “DefenseLite” brand name, and fabricated, furnished and installed by Impact Security.
We have submitted their products to personal attacks by our security specialists and been engaged in having their products tested under live firing range conditions by elite law enforcement agencies for ballistic resistance and forced entry and can attest to their efficacy and value.”.
Robert Ducibella Founding & Senior Principal RAPCS LLC & Emeritus DVS
"While there are numerous aspects to any comprehensive security program, if you are able to make the windows of a facility difficult or impossible to breach, you can significantly enhance the overall security of the site. Many institutions take actions to secure their facilities without considering the “why” behind those actions. The best security plans are rooted in security principles that allow you to gain time during an emergency situation, and keep a threatening person at a distance. This is exactly why we utilized DefenseLite and BulletShield for our more vulnerable clientele, worldwide. Having worked on numerous and complicated security projects all over the world we have also experienced the value of having a high quality partner to properly install these items. Jeff Franson and his team have always done a stellar job, going above and beyond, and have ensured that the windows at our sites have the highest level of security features."
Ariel Siegelman President DRACO Group
"I just wanted to take a minute to let you know that we recently had an attempted break in, the key word here is (attempted). Around 5:30 AM 3 individuals pulled up to the store, got out of a car, wearing masks and carrying bats and bricks. One started throwing a landscaping brick (~10 pounds) at the glass door protected by DefenseLite and the rock just bounced off, the other two went to work on one of the windows with the bats. The bats had little effect on the DefenseLite. After about 5 minutes of repeatedly throwing the brick at the door the glass behind the DefenseLite broke, but the DefenseLite stayed intact. The three spent a total of 8 and a half minutes beating on the Defense with rock and bats and still did not get in. I am 100% confident had I not chosen to put the DefenseLite they would have gotten it and gotten away with countless guns and I would have been dealing with the ATF and State Police for weeks if not longer and there would be a lot of illegal guns on the street.
DefenseLite is hands down the best means of keeping bad people out of your store."
Mark Glavin President Fox Valley Shooting Range
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After graduation from Boston College, Jeff began his twenty-five-year career in glass and glazing as a field installer of window products where he became an award winning and respected industry expert in field applied laminates. As founder and CEO of three operating national companies, Jeff is responsible for over 40,000 successful installations of retrofit window and door solutions designed to ‘make glass perform better’. In 2015 Jeff launched DefenseLite to meet the increasing demands from clients experiencing elevated levels of forced entry and ballistic attack at schools, retail locations and municipal buildings. Jeff lives in Marietta, Ga. with his wife Hanna and three young children - Brady, Murphy and Ryan.
Ian graduated from SPSU in Atlanta with a degree in Construction Management and spent his early career traveling the United States as a licensed General Contractor building retail locations for some of the world’s leading brands including Home Depot, Staples, Office Depot and Signet Jewelers. Ian joined Impact Security in 2016 as General Manager responsible for all company operations including assessing, estimating, production, fabrication, and project management. Today, Ian manages Impact’s national dealer network and supports the group in designing custom-made DefenseLite solutions to meet the threats and budgets of each individual client. Ian lives in Marietta, Ga. with his wife Becca and sons Aiden and Josh.
John “Speedy” Richardson
Field & Training Manager
“Speedy” is a successful entrepreneur and businessman with a track record of high-performance in each venture he’s invested in including transport, vehicle customization and the construction trades. As an expert installer of IS systems, he now acts as the Field and Training Manager for Impact Security. Speedy is known as the ‘installer whisperer’, helping new and seasoned tradesmen alike become proficient in the installation of Impact Security systems across the US. Speedy is based out of Impact’s Marietta, Ga manufacturing location and acts as a key intermediary and influencer between the plant production and field installation worlds. Speedy lives with his wife and children outside of Atlanta.
Fabrication & Distribution Partner Western US
A mechanical engineer by training, Mark is a thirty-year veteran of the glass and glazing industry and is the President and founder Metro Tint and of MTI Shield, based in Phoenix, Arizona. MTI Shield is the authorized manufacturer of DefenseLite and BulletShield serving the Western half of the US. Mark is an expert in tooling, machine building and manufacturing processes. A hands-on operator, Mark designs systems and fabricates custom tools to help make products and processes more efficient for its dealer partners. Mark lives in Phoenix with his wife and has four daughters.
Technical Lead – Building Envelope, Product Design & Testing Impact Security
Founder of Builders Architectural Products, a Deerfield, IL based contractor specializing in windows, curtainwalls, and other engineered architectural glazed products. Mark Meshulam's 30 years as a subcontractor took place here. His positions included Sales Engineer, VP Operations, Executive VP, Director of Engineering and Owner. For the past decade, Meshulam has provided the benefits of his building facade expertise to his clients as a consultant and expert witness and now as a technical team lead for Impact Security with a focus on testing and product design. Mark is based out of Chicago.
Technical Lead – Glass & Glazing
BEng, MSge, MBA, PMP® Bachelor Engineering Structural Specialties, Materials’ Science Glass Engineering Master Business Administration, Project Management Professional®
Thomas joined Impact Security in 2018 as technical ‘team lead’ focused on engineering next-level solutions for IS and its clients. With more than 40 years’ experience in the building products industry, including commercial doors, windows and glass, Thomas is acknowledged as an expert in the fenestration industry—with international experience in New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR, Macau PRC, Singapore, Dubai and Abu Dhabi UAE, Istanbul Turkey, England, Germany and Australia. Today he serves as the engineering team lead for Impact Security and interfaces directly with building owners and developers; architects, engineers, general contractors and building envelope sub-contractors. Thomas resides in Seattle and travels constantly helping resolve glass and glazing related problems across the US.