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Diebold secures Central American gold mine

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11/04/2013

NORTH CANTON, Ohio—Diebold, Inc. has installed video surveillance, access control, intrusion detection and perimeter monitoring at one of the world’s largest gold mines, the company announced Oct. 31.

ADS buys in Savannah

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08/15/2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—ADS Security has acquired the customer accounts of Georgia-based Security Services, Inc.

Former Honeywell chairman invests in Maryland company

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

View Systems, Inc., a manufacture and installer of weapons detection identification systems, video management platforms and tele-data communication networks based in Baltimore, announced May 15 that Leo A. Guthart has purchased shares from View Systems that “will allow View Systems to accelerate its sales efforts and provide funds for new product development.”

View Systems’ target vertical markets are: correctional facilities, schools, courthouses, government agencies, event and sports venues, and commercial businesses.

A security industry veteran, Guthart is the former CEO of Pittway Corp. and former chairman of Honeywell’s Fire & Security group. He now runs Topspin Partners, a VC fund, as well as Topspin Partners LBO, a buyout fund.

Guthart serves as chairman of Security First Corp., a developer of integrated security cryptographic chip solutions.

“Leo Guthart is an icon in the security industry. We are delighted that he has chosen to assist and give direction to our existing business and technology. He will evaluate and present various opportunities and alternatives. His knowledge and expertise will propel us to the next level of success. View’s strategy to acquire and merge with other companies and products is greatly enhanced. We are confident that, with Leo Guthart’s guidance, we can finance our growth and enhance shareholder value,” Martin Maassen, chairman of View Systems, said in a prepared statement.

Potter aids child burn survivors

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Many companies in the security and fire alarm industry give generously to a wide variety of humanitarian causes. Potter Electric Signal Co. is among them, providing support and education to a cause that seems poignantly apropos for a fire and life safety company: the Missouri Children’s Burn Camp for child burn survivors.

Here’s more from a news release from the St. Louis, Mo.-based Potter, saying it once again participated in the camp, which took place in August this year at Camp Sabra in Rocky Mount, Mo.:

Potter has supported this deserving cause for over 10 years and counting. Burns Recovered Support Group, Inc. sponsors the Burn Camp every year dating back to its inception in 1997.

With the assistance of St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, Burns Recovered Support Group, Inc. was formed in 1983 by a group of burn survivors with the mission of burn survivor support along with aiding medical facilities and providing burn care education and prevention. The Burn Camps hosts between 75 and 85 children every year as enrollment continues to grow. Organizers of the 16th annual Missouri Children’s Burn Camp raised approximately $150,000 for the child burn survivor’s community.

Bernard Lears, President and CEO Potter Electric Signal Company, LLC, “For over ten years, Potter has supported the Missouri Children’s Burn Camp. This noble cause truly gives back to the community and touches the hearts of every participant. Severe burns are a terrible tragedy that Potter strives to prevent everyday through our innovation and continued dedication to life safety. It’s why we are in business. Burns Recovered Support Group, Inc. provides an invaluable service to those in need and Potter looks forward to continuing to support this deserving cause in the future.

Due to the generous support of all its sponsors, all participants enjoy a week full of fun and support for free. The Burn Camp is intended for child burn survivors between the ages of 6-17 with severe burns.

 

Bay Alarm expands

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Bay Alarm of California, which says it is “the largest independently-owned and operated alarm company in the United States,” just got a bit larger, according to a news release.

Davis Mergers and Acquisitions Group of Long Grove, Ill. recently sent over the following tidbit:
 

Low Voltage Systems, located in Poway, Calif. has been acquired by Bay Alarm Company, with offices throughout California.

Doug and Kym Farkas were the owners of Low Voltage Systems. Doug Farkas will be staying on to continue to service custom-builder customers and to help grow the company.

Dorsie Mosher of Davis Mergers and Acquisitions Group, Inc. represented the sellers in this transaction.

I wrote recently here about Bay Alarm adding a new office and employees and its co-president being appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to a state board overseeing alarm companies.

I’ll try to learn more from Bay Alarm about the new acquisition.

 

Oliver Fire Protection: new name, new acquisition in 2011

Pennsylvania company plans to grow organically and through more acquisitions in 2012
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01/11/2012

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa.—Oliver Fire Protection & Security marked 2011 with a new name and a new acquisition. And the company, based here, plans more acquisitions in 2012.

Industry mourns loss of former MBFAA president

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

ESA announced that Jim L. Morris, founder and owner of American Detection Specialists, Inc. in Springfield, Mo., died of a heart attack on Nov. 21. Here's the official obituary.

From the ESA, “Mr. Morris was well known as a strong advocate for both ESA and the industry. He founded American Detection Specialists in 1989, and spent more than 27 years as a security professional. In addition to being the current vice president of ESA's Missouri chapter, he served for many years on the ESA Board of Directors. He was also active in the association's Sales & Marketing Professionals (SMP) group.

He was past president of ESA's Chartered Chapter when it was formerly known as the Missouri Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (MBFAA), and was currently president of the southwest Missouri regional association. Also, in 2006, Mr. Morris was selected as a member of the GE Security Pro Hall of Fame.”

Security Systems News interviewed Jim Morris in 2006 when Morris became president of the Missouri Burglar and Fire Alarm Association.

 

 

Devcon Security hires Michael Murray as GM, Sacramento

SSN Staff  - 
08/22/2011

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Devcon Security, one of the largest and fastest growing home security monitoring and business alarm companies in the U.S., has named Michael Murray general manager of the company’s Sacramento branch. Murray’s primary focus is hiring and training sales people and technicians who are committed to providing the best customer service in the Sacramento area. In addition, he will be responsible for building daily branch operations and acting as the brand ambassador working to build partnerships in the local community.

Robert Eckel appointed CEO of Morphotrust USA

SSN Staff  - 
08/22/2011

PARIS and BILLERICA, Mass.—Morpho, the security business of Safran Group on Aug. 17 announced Robert Eckel will serve as CEO of MorphoTrust USA, Inc. MorphoTrust was formed in July 2011 from the acquisition of L-1 Identity Solutions by Safran.