Bryan company Neutral Posture rolls out bullet-resistant chair
On the second floor of the Neutral Posture factory in Bryan, more than a dozen chairs are scattered across a conference room. Some are basic black office chairs; others have designer colors and high-end leather. Only one, though, is made to stop a bullet.
The Guardian Chair was unveiled a few weeks ago by CEO Rebecca Boenigk at the country's largest office furniture expo in Chicago.
It appears like one of the standard ergonomically designed high-back chairs manufactured by the award winning company. The key difference is what's called a NIJ Level II bullet resistant vest that's draped over the back of the chair. According to guardianchair.com, the vest has the ability to block anything from a normal powered 9 mm handgun up to a .357 Magnum.
Two weeks after the chair's unveiling, the company is receiving high-level interest from the federal government, banks around the U.S., casinos in Las Vegas, N.V., and a high-end grocery chain on the upper East Coast, Boenigk said. Fifty demo chairs are ready to go out to clients that would like to test the chair before placing an order.