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Jannette Lesmeister tests the Homeland Defender suit for leaks. This suit protects against chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals.

Serious Protection
L.B. Manufacturing protects those who protect us

by Jim McCarty | jmccarty@ruralmissouri.coop

P

icture this: An explosion rocks a major U.S. city.
Lives are at stake, so law enforcement personnel
swiftly prepare to respond. Unsure of the threat,
they carefully don hazardous materials suits for
protection. The suits include integrated
gloves and socks, liquid- and vapor-proof
zippers and a butyl rubber seal that snugs
up against a face mask.
Should the wearer suffer an injury, a
rescue harness can be attached to tabs on the
back of the suit to drag the person to safety.
The suit is designed to protect the user
from chemical warfare, biological or industrial
chemicals. And it is one of two classes made in
Iberia, Missouri by employees of L.B. Manufac-

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turing Co. The Iberia plant got its start in January of 1965
when Louis Blauer and his three sons started operations
in a building that once housed the Iberia Academy. The
Blauers made a name for themselves by supplying garments to department stores in Boston. Those early products included sport coats, jackets and raincoats.
The company moved into raincoats for the armed
forces, and later police departments. Demand for its
products was so great that Louis decided to expand
and opened the plant in Iberia.
By 1970 the operation had outgrown the
academy building. It moved to a new building on
the east end of town where it remains today.
Iberia
The plant is one of the largest electrical loads
for Gascosage Electric Cooperative.
Beginning with the Iberia facility, the
company has grown to two manufacturing



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