12/13/2013 Belmar New Jersey...
This new type of window shutter was invented for and first put in use at the Dow Ave. Elementary School in Ocean Township, New Jersey. Steve Beaudoin, owner of Belmar Window Shop, a window coverings specialty store and a manufacturer of plantation shutters in Belmar, NJ was asked by Principal Dr. Doreen Ryan to supply something to quickly black out view into some rooms from the hallway. Dr. Ryan requested something like a shutter be made. The size and shape of this area needing cover was a challenge. So was the location, a school door where, as you can imagine, traffic was high. The nature of the need far outweighed the difficulty of creating something that would work, so we took on the mission.
The mission had several objectives.
#1. The shutter had to be ready to use at all times.
#2. It would need to work fast and block the view completely.
#3. It should be plain and inconspicuous.
#4. It needed to be durable.
#5. It should be inexpensive.
About 20 prototypes later and nearly two years in review at the US Patent Office, Shelter Shutters were awarded US Pat. No. 9,243,445.