Amish Crew at West Caln’s Compass Ironworks Makes Fencing for a Market Extra Cautious About Security

man standing by a metal fence
Image via Steven Falk, Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Amish crew at Compass Ironworks in West Caln Township makes fencing out of bulletproof steel walls and posts — to a market that is extra cautious about security. Joseph DiStefano deconstructed the details for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Amos Glick, owner of Compass Ironworks, refers to the fencing as “Bullistic Barriers,” highlighting the company’s anti-weaponry mission.

In the past, most of Glick’s business consisted of installing wrought-iron balconies, fences, and decorative flourishes for large homes. More recently, his business has expanded into security.

He was preparing to launch Bullistic Barriers and a fast-to-assemble system called RaDeBuRe even before the pandemic hit.

“I was hearing, ‘I want a privacy fence, make it beautiful’ so it complements institutional architecture and reassures without sticking out as a crude reminder of the sudden dangers that can threaten modern life,” he said.

The recent increase in concern about everyday security — raised by civil protestors and the riots at the U.S. Capitol — boosted his sales.

“We came up with a design that would allow you to set up a fence across the Capitol steps and other uneven terrain,” said Glick.

Read more about Compass Ironworks in The Philadelphia Inquirer.