NMC receives its UL listing

Certification will help the central continue with growth
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Saturday, June 1, 2002

ALISA VEIJO, Calif.-Only afew months

after opening its doors, National Monitoring Center received its Underwriter's Laboratories listing earlier this spring and is preparing for its next phase of growth.

The contract central station, which began monitoring accounts in January, had already signed on some "significant dealers, significant accounts," said Woodie Andrawos, a vice president with the company, about dealers who joined NMC in anticipation of its UL listing.

"Obviously UL helps cement in the minds of our dealers (who've already signed on) that we will be UL, and that we know the business," Andrawos said. "This is something that we have looked at from day one."

NMC's facility here, the former headquarters of a technology company, was equipped with up-to-date wiring, including a high-speed T1 line as well as fiber optics, and is powered by an uninterruptible power grid, making the transition to the new UL specifications nearly seamless.

NMC is also in the midst of preparing its 10,000 square-foot facility for Factory Mutual certification, said Michael Schubert, president. That certification will prepare the central to provide monitoring for companies involved with commercial fire systems.

Neither Andrawos nor Schubert would reveal how many accounts or dealers have signed on with the fledgling company, but Schubert stressed that the company's business plan of solid, controlled growth was so far a successful one for the company.
Without any formal advertising, with the exception of the Mirror, the California Alarm Association's monthly member publication, NMC has grown solely on word of mouth, Schubert said.

"We have in our mind, some milestones," he said. "Our goal is to be at 50,000 accounts at the end of the year and we are well on our way toward meeting that goal."

The company plans to start a national marketing campaign in the first quarter of next year; it will target the Western portion of the U.S. until that date.

The company has about 25 employees, including dispatch personnel and management.