May 7, 2010 6:28 PM by Veronica White
With a shortage of booms to use for the oil spill, one local company decided to step up to help save their coast.
The Crowley-based packaging company, JohnPac, mostly makes sandbags and rice bags. They are confident, however, that they can make booms. They say they have the manpower and materials needed.
"We had our research and development team come up with ideas-- the booms out in the marketplace are made of a similar fabric we make here in Crowley and we said that we can do that ourselves," says JohnPac President Peter John.
Half a million yards are in stock for floating containment booms, which are used in the first line of defense.
They also have a large supply of material called polypropylene yarn for absorbent booms-- the second line of defense.
The company says selling booms would help the local economy.
"It's definitely advantageous to the state of Louisiana because we have an investment here and we have people working," says Peter John.
Inspectors are set come review the booms.
JohnPac has contacted agencies whom they hope to hear from when the prototypes are approved.