BlastGard to Provide Blast-Mitigating Trash Cans for Amtrak

Feb. 17, 2006
Company lands $829K contract for blast-resistant receptacle on Amtrak platforms

BlastGard International, Inc., the creator of blast-mitigation products and services, was awarded an $828,750 contract for its BlastGard MTR blast-mitigated trash receptacles from the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak). The contract calls for delivery of more than 200 trash receptacles. BlastGard Models MTR 91 and MTR 101 blast-mitigated trash receptacles effectively deal with all the lethal threats of an improvised explosive device (IED) -- primary and secondary fragmentation, blast shock and pressures, and all the thermal effects, including fireball, after-burn and post-blast fires.

"Amtrak provides intercity passenger rail service to more than 500 destinations in 46 states on a 22,000-mile route system. Following a series of bombings in Spain in 2003 and recently (the attacks) in London, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has further heightened its security on public transportation systems, especially in and around major cities," said BlastGard CEO and Chairman Jim Gordon. "The installation of these blast-mitigating trash receptacles is yet another example of Amtrak's continual efforts to enhance the safety and security of the 25,000,000 people who travel on its rail service each year."

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