TOPEKA, Kan. - Officials from Westar Energy said in late June that its subsidiary, Westar Industries, had closed the sale of Protection One Europe to two investment funds managed by ABN Amro Capitol France.
IRVING, Texas - BrinkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Home Security has incorporated an e-learning program that will enable all of its employees, including central station operators who work the graveyard shift, to take part in the new continuing education courses.
The program was launched to the companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 2,500 employees a few months ago after a year of work to get a web-based portal and courses online.
FORT MYERS, Fla. - An association of mid-size alarm companies that grew out of a network of Westinghouse Security Systems dealers nearly three decades ago has evolved into a small but vital invitation-only group that was, at press time, gearing up for its annual meeting in late June.
WASHINGTON - Once a major lender to independent alarm dealers, Leasecomm agreed in late May to drop $24 million worth of current and pending lawsuits against consumers that contracted with Leasecomm for Ã¢â‚¬Å“get rich quickÃ¢â‚¬Â business opportunities under the terms of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.
Federal trade regulators pursued charges against the company in part because of language contained in contracts with consumers who purchased business opportunities from Leasecomm, such as medical billing software or multi-level marketing programs.
HARRISBURG, Pa. - A new headquarters with ample room has afforded Knight Security Systems the space to create a program to provide home-builders with structured wiring and other services, such as security and central vacuum systems.
PACHECO, Calif. - One of CaliforniaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s largest independent alarm companies has moved into a new 31,000- square-foot facility, relocating its corporate headquarters and central station to a more convenient location seven miles to the east.
GLENDALE, Calif. - With the acquisition of an alarm company here, Alliant Protection Services not only gained one of the largest independents in the area with 15,000 accounts, but a person to lead its new authorized dealer program.
John Bergher, EVP of marketing and customer care for Sacramento, Calif.-based GHS Interactive Security, talks to Tess about the partnership GHS formed this spring with Solar Universe to offer homeowners a solution combining security, home automation and solar.