ADS makes third buy of 2014

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—ADS Security has acquired American Burglar and Fire Alarms (AB&F) in Columbia, S.C., adding approximately 2,700 accounts to its South Carolina customer base, ADS announced this week.

ADS, based here, will operate a Columbia branch in the existing AB&F office, ADS said in an April 30 news release. This purchase comes shortly after the acquisition of two Alabama security companies in March and continues the company’s pursuit of growth across the Southeast.

"Growing our presence and establishing a full-service ADS branch in South Carolina is exciting for ADS," ADS President and CEO, John Cerasuolo said in a prepared statement. "We have been slowly growing in Columbia and the purchase of AB&F, a security company with an excellent local presence, is a natural next step for us in this market."

AB&F customers will now have access to ADS’ top-notch customer care team, advanced suite of security services including mobile management and home automation technologies, proprietary UL-listed, CSAA Five Diamond monitoring center, and My ADS online customer portal with simple account management and bill pay.

"I chose ADS Security because of their impeccable reputation within the security alarm industry," AB&F owner, Elton Johnson, said in a statement. "This is an exciting time for both AB&F and its Columbia customers, who we have been serving for over 20 years."

Johnson and his team will be joining ADS and working out of the ADS Columbia office.