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Welcome to Metalith™ News Video page where we offer streaming files in a number of formats showing a Spring 2005 NBC Chicago News feature segment pertaining to the Metalith blast mitigation and K12 certified crash barriers.

NBC 5 News Clip [3:15]

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About the Metalith and NBC News

Renee Ferguson, NBC News Chicago investigative reporter, created this 3-4 minute news segment that aired during mid-March of 2005. Renee Ferguson has more than 30 years of reporting experience at NBC5 News. During her career she has covered major stories locally in Chicago, nationally, and internationally.

She became interested in the Metalith as a possible solution to solve many of the problems facing our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, especially as force protection from vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs). She felt very strongly that information about the Metalith's capabilities needed to be reported. She has subsequently distributed the Metalith news segment to the national NBC network affiliates for their use.

Ms. Ferguson has received some of the nation's most prestigious journalism awards, including:

  • The DuPont Award, given by Columbia University in New York;
  • The Goldsmith Award, given by the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard;
  • The Gracie Award, given by American Women in Radio and TV in New York; and,
  • The Associated Press Award for Best Investigative Reporting.

She has also received seven Chicago Emmys.


There are some errors in the report that Infrastructure Defense Technologies would like to correct. These include:

  1. The Metalith panels and bins are not made out of aluminum as reported. They are made out of both 16 and 18-gauge steel.

  2. Crash testing was conducted at a Department of State certified crash test facility in California, Karco Engineering LLC, not New Mexico.

  3. The report indicated the truck was traveling at 100 mph and weighed 65,000 lbs. The truck that was used during the test weighed 15,000 lbs. and was traveling at 50 mph, the criteria required to achieve the Department of States' highest crash test rating, K12, which was awarded to the Metalith after the test results were reviewed. However, Infrastructure Defense Technologies has subsequently had a simulated test performed using sophisticated LS-DYNA software that indicated the Metalith barrier system would easily stop a 65,000 lb. truck traveling at 50 mph.

  4. All blast tests shown during the news segment were performed at the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC) located in Socorro, New Mexico.

Call us today at 1-800-379-1822, email us at, or send a fax using 815-323-1317 to get an immediate quote for your perimeter security problems. Stop them before they cause serious security issues, critical infrastructure damage, or disaster.


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