Plans are to use Bryant's company to place cameras and possibly a swipe-card entry system for the Kanawha County Courthouse doors.
For chemical companies in the Kanawha Valley, added security issues started the moment terrorists rammed the airliners into the World Trade Center.
Jerry Ring, spokesman for Dow Chemical Co.'s West Virginia operations said last year that there wasn't any reason to believe the state's chemical operations were targeted.
However, Dow and most other companies tightened their security.
A year later, those security improvements are still in place and officials are identifying plants' most vulnerable spots, said Dow spokeswoman Nikki Smith.
"Immediately after Sept. 11, of course we heightened our security level ASAP and we have continued to operate at a heightened level of security."
Bayer CropScience's Institute plant has changed the bottom line for its security levels. Beginning in March, the company's five-level security code was increased to be more stringent, said Bayer spokesman Tom Dover.
"The steps we have taken are significantly improved over what we had," Dover said.
Also, there is more surveillance and additional checks of those who come and go at the plant, Dover said.
White said that before the attacks, Kanawha County was aware of its situation. Regardless of the low profile the chemical industry desires in the Kanawha Valley, White said it's always been a safety priority.
"They always were secure, but not this secure," White said.
As for other public and private buildings, Bryant said there's more interest in new security technology.
Swipe-cards, identification cards and surveillance cameras — though still prevalent — are being replaced in some places with retinal or hand print scanners.
"It's not necessarily that the cards and cameras aren't working, but with the card system if there's a card lost it becomes a weak spot," Bryant said.
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