ACSC sprouts security division

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Tuesday, January 1, 2002

DENVER-ACSC Inc. is branching out from its locksmithing base with its new electronic security division.

The company is positioning the new division as a complement to its safe business and its background in full service locksmithing.
Joseph Breeding, a former operations manager at ADT who also served at Lockheed Martin and Security Link from Ameritech, took the reins of the division late October and counted a handful of contract wins during his first month on the job.

The division's early customers include the Colorado Department of Corrections and public safety facilities in the Denver suburb of Aurora, where ACSC is installing full access control systems and locking hardware in the police department and Justice Center. The company is also maintaining a CCTV system in the Justice Center.

"Right now we have about 14 technicians but you can bank on that growing," Breeding said. "I plan on at least quadrupling that in the next couple of years."

To inspire that growth, the company is spreading the word of its new capabilities among its established customers.

"ACSC has a very large customer base on the locksmithing end and we're looking forward to tapping into that," Breeding said, noting that the company prefers to keep its financial information confidential. "A lot of them never knew we were getting into this business, but they trust us in locksmithing. That's what we're asking them to do with electronic security."

The new division has struck up a partnership with SecurityOne in which ACSC will handle low-voltage CCTV and access control work in the Denver metropolitan area, Breeding said.

The division will work in conjunction with all four of the ACSC businesses - Arapahoe County Security Center Inc., Arapahoe County Locksmiths Inc., National Safe & Vault Inc. and National Safe Outlet - and will cover a region that includes all of Colorado and locations in Nebraska, Wyoming, Nevada and New Mexico.