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Allied Universal CEO talks latest moves, company's future

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Allied Universal, a national facility services company and security force with more than 150,000 employees, has acquired the security services portion of Yale Enforcement Services, Inc., a Belleville, Ill.-based company that offers a full range of solutions, including uniformed security professionals, mobile patrol, physical security and life safety. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“What we really liked about Yale is that they do very strong business in the healthcare vertical, and that business is spread throughout multiple regions,” Allied Universal CEO Steve Jones told Security Systems News. “And we feel we have a variety of really good service offerings to offer in that vertical.”

Yale was also looking to provide ancillary services such as electronic security systems and security technology, an area “that we are highly committed to, so we feel those customers will fit very nicely into our organization,” said Jones. “Also, our service offerings that we have will not only enhance the relationship but also be something that the customers are excited about and embrace.”

Yale Enforcement's 1,800-plus employees serve a range of vertical markets including healthcare, manufacturing, industrial, warehouse/distribution, commercial real estate and retail throughout the Central, Midwestern and Southern states.

"Allied Universal sets the industry standard for professionalism and we know our security services clients will be well taken care of," Barbara Yale, president and CEO, Yale Enforcement said in a prepared statement.

On the acquisition front, the company “will continue to be inquisitive in 2017,” said Jones. “We plan on making at least one but hopefully two, sizable acquisitions in the security systems space by the end of the year as well.”

With the mega-merger in August between Allied Barton and Universal Services of America, 2016 was a very busy and successful year for the combined companies.

“We are now fully integrated, so we are completely rebranded and integrated,” said Jones. “We achieved the goal of doing that is six months and also made three other acquisitions and got some good mid-single digit organic growth, so we are pretty excited about all of that. In 2017, we project that we will end the year in 2017 somewhere between $5.2 - $5.3 billion in revenues and that is without any additional acquisitions.”

Allied Universal also announced a partnership with the Clery Center, a national, non-profit training and policy organization dedicated to creating safer campus communities, to develop video-based training tools for line campus public safety personnel. The roll-call training program for campus public safety and security professionals is scheduled to be released during National Campus Safety Awareness Month in September.

As a leading security services provider to the Higher Education sector, Allied Universal services nearly 200 colleges and universities at over 500 campus locations nationwide.

Allied Universal acquires again

Second deal within a month further strengthens company’s Northeast footprint
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10/05/2016

SANTA ANA, Calif. and CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.—Allied Universal, a leading facility services company and security force in North America with more than 150,000 employees based here, has acquired FJC Security Services, a provider of uniformed security professionals based in Floral Park, N.Y.

Allied Universal acquires Apollo International

Deal increases company’s footprint in the Northeast
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09/21/2016

SANTA ANA, Calif. and CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.—Allied Universal, a national facility services company and security force with over 140,000 employees, has acquired Apollo International, a security company with corporate headquarters in Walpole, Mass., and a global office in New York.

Allied Universal helps secure ASIS conference

Company’s new robots patrol exhibit hall, wow attendees
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09/14/2016

ORLANDO—Attendees at ASIS International’s 62nd Annual Seminar and Exhibits here, Sept. 12-15, were able to see first-hand Allied Universal’s new robots in action, as they were part of the overall physical security provided for the conference by the facility services and security company.

Allied Universal wants to offer security technology in every market

The $4.5b merger creates largest manguarding company in North America
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08/03/2016

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. and SANTA ANA, Calif.—With the Aug. 1 closing of the $4.5 billion AlliedBarton/Universal Services of America deal, CEO Steve Jones is turning to his next task: ensuring that Allied Universal offers security technology in every market where the company has a presence.

Universal buys Guardsmark to form largest US-owned guard firm

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07/29/2015

SANTA ANA, Calif.—With the July 28 announcement of its acquisition of guard firm Guardsmark, Universal Protection Service is now the largest U.S.-owned guard firm.

Universal acquires THRIVE Intelligence

Company plans to offer latest in video monitoring across the country
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12/06/2013

SANTA ANA, Calif.—When a crime has occurred, scanning through video afterwards can help document the incident and identify a suspect. But analyzing live video can prevent a crime from taking place or stop one while it’s happening.

Universal expands reach in Southeast

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Guard company and security systems integrator Universal Protection Service announced the purchase of Allegiance Security Group from Trivest Partners, LP.

Allegiance has a big presence in the Southeast and provides "sensitive sites as a U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)-approved vendor for the federal government," according to a statement.

"With the acquisition of Allegiance, Universal Protection Service now becomes one of the largest manned security providers in the Southeast," said Steve Jones, Co-CEO and COO of Universal Services of America, in a statement.  He said the purchase will allow Universal "to deliver additional services and increased value to all of our clients located throughout the Midwest and Southeast." It also brings Universal into new states, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In a statement, Brian Cescolini, chairman and Co-CEO of Universal Services of America, parent company of Universal saidl  "In addition to the government sector, the company also has premium clients throughout the U.S., which will add to our existing infrastructure and build our density strategy in all of our operational branches."

Universal Protection Service says it's the fifth largest security company and the largest private security firm in the U.S. Universal Protection Service is a division of Universal Services of America, which includes Universal Building Maintenance, Universal Protection Security Systems and Universal Fire/Life Safety Services.

UPS acquires A&R

Acquisition makes UPS fifth-largest security company in nation
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09/05/2012

SANTA ANA, Calif.—Guard and security installation company Universal Protection Service announced this week it has acquired A&R Security Services Inc., one of the largest privately owned and operated guard providers in the Midwest.

Universal Protection acquires guard-tracking technology

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05/16/2012

SANTA ANA, Calif.— Universal Protection, a $500 million guard company that also does security installation, on April 2 acquired Heritage Security Services of San Diego. It also acquired a guard-tracking technology that its CEO says is "game-changing."

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