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Midwest Alarm expands into Nebraska

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa—Midwest Alarm Services, a provider of life safety systems based here, has acquired Electric Specialties Company of Omaha, Neb., a company that also specializes in life safety systems, including service, inspection and monitoring services to more than 350 customers.

The terms of the deal between the two companies were not disclosed.

Established in 1950, Midwest Alarm Services became part of Per Mar Security Services through an acquisition in 1998, which allowed the then small company an opportunity for growth, including the opening of an office in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and an office to service the Quad Cities, which stretched Midwest Alarm Services territory into eastern Iowa and western Illinois.

Doug Richard, president of Midwest Alarm Services, said that he is “very excited” to expand the company’s footprint now into Nebraska, and looks forward “to growing with the great team that is already in place” there.

Herk Campbell, who will be joining the Midwest Alarm Services team along with his employees, founded Electric Specialties Company in 1983. The company is a Notifier dealer, and provides life safety systems and services including card access systems, fire alarm systems, fire extinguishers/hoods, fire inspections, master clock systems, monitoring, nurse call systems, system design/layout and video surveillance.

Campbell said that Midwest Alarm is the “perfect fit” for his company.

Note: Check back for more on this story, including an interview with Midwest Alarm Services president Doug Richard.

The art of the security deal

Loud, Bitton, Duffy and Cerasuolo talk navigating the acquisition landscape
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07/27/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine—From first meetings with a prospective seller to closing on the final deal, navigating the complicated acquisition landscape can be daunting. That’s why Security Systems News asked four residential companies who are active acquirers—LOUD Security, ADS Security, Per Mar Security Services and Supreme Security Systems—to provide an inside look at what it takes to get a good deal done.

Where are you in the 2G Sunset?

15 percent of respondents still have many customers on 2G
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07/13/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine—Respondents to Security Systems News’ latest poll on the 2G sunset show highly varied experiences: half said that areas lost 2G service before expected, 65 percent still have accounts to change over, and 25 percent said they can relax—there’s plenty of time before the sunset.

Per Mar acquires guard and patrol company

120 Neighborhood Patrol employees join Per Mar Security Services
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07/06/2016

DAVENPORT, Iowa—Des Moines, Iowa, is now Per Mar Security Services’ largest market for guards and patrol services following its July 1 acquisition of Neighborhood Patrol, Per Mar division president Brad Duffy told Security Systems News.

Per Mar expands new construction capabilities with latest deal

Acquisition of Northern Wisconsin Security & Sound brings 800 accounts and new office
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04/13/2016

DAVENPORT, Iowa—Per Mar Security Services, a super-regional based here, has acquired Northern Wisconsin Security & Sound, of Arbor Vitae, Wis., a company with particular expertise in the new home construction market, according to Per Mar president Brian Duffy.

SMS: The path to reducing work for central stations

End users can now get fewer calls, acknowledging low-priority alarms with a text
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04/04/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine—Monitoring centers can reduce their workload through alerting users by SMS text messages; more central station automation platforms are expanding this offering.

How I Use My System: Brian Ciasnocha

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04/01/2016

Brian Ciasnocha, Per Mar Security Service’s director of sales-electronic security, has been in the industry for 16 years. He started with ADT in 1999 and joined Per Mar in October 2014. In early March, Ciasnocha talked with Security Systems News about the system he uses at home.

Five Questions: Brad Duffy

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01/08/2016

Brad Duffy has been promoted from treasurer to third VP on the executive committee of the National Council of Investigative and Security Services. The NCISS committee’s main function is to monitor legislative and regulatory activities, investigations in the security industry and develop and encourage high standards of conduct. Duffy is president of the security division at Per Mar Security Services, based in Des Moines, Iowa. Per Mar installs and services security systems throughout the Midwest out of 23 branches. Security Systems News caught up with Brad to ask him five questions.

Brian Duffy joins NetOne board

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12/15/2015

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C.—Brian Duffy, president of electronic security for Per Mar Security Services, joined the NetOne Board of Directors.

Per Mar gains resi clients

Acquisition of Minn. firm brings in thousands of accounts
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10/07/2015

DAVENPORT, Iowa—Super-regional Per Mar Security Services has acquired 2,000 accounts with its purchase of Northern Safety and Security of Bemidji, Minn.

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