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Today’s world provides big business for bulletproof cars

In today’s unsettled world, Centerville firm tries to offer global clients some peace of mind.

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"First we strip the vehicles apart," Burton said.

Windows get replaced with 2-inch thick glass that is detectable only when the doors are open.

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Quick facts about International Armoring Corp.

1993 » Founded in Ogden by Mark Burton

August 2011 » Moved offices to Centerville

January 2012 » Moved manufacturing facility to Centerville

Global presence » Facilities in Hong Kong, the Phillipines, South Africa and the United Kingdom

Employees » 35-50 in Utah, about 300 worldwide

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The passenger compartment is reinforced with steel armor and the lighter Armormax laminate, which a company video touts as having 10 times the strength of ballistic steel, pound for pound.

A nylon explosive-resistant cloth lines the vehicle floor to baffle the impact of explosions from below, the video said, and metal overlaps seal off door openings to prevent angle shots from penetrating.

"The goal is to retain the original performance of these vehicles," Burton said of the Hummers, Jeep Cherokees, Range Rovers, F-150 trucks and smaller sedans that bulk up at IAC’s installation sites.

The added weight decreases engine performance and fuel efficiency by about 8 percent to 10 percent, he said.

Burton emphasized that his outfitted vehicles are purely defensive in nature.

"These are not tanks," Burton said. "We’re giving (our clients) the time to recognize they’re being attacked and then to be able to escape a dangerous situation."

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