ASG buys Zartek

Saturday, April 1, 2006

BELTSVILLE, Md.--Characterizing ASG's February acquisition of Zartek Security of Gilbertsville, Penn., as a "nice, strong power play," Bob Ryan, ASG vice president of sales and marketing, said the move is key to increasing ASG's market share in the Delaware Valley.
The deal, which closed in February for an undisclosed price, brings with it $41,000 in recurring monthly revenue and 1,500 customers. "It's a heavy commercial company [90 percent] with lots of access control work and a lot of fire alarm inspections," Ryan said.
Since the acquisition, ASG combined Zartek with another company, formerly known as Techtronics, located in Sellersville, Penn. ASG acquired Techtronics in October (see story in November issue of Security Systems News).
Both businesses have been moved to the Gilbertsville site, "which gets us on the map closer to Philly," Ryan said. The Philadelphia metropolitan area is the prime focus for this group.
Zartek's former owner, Barry Gossin, will pursue other business interests outside of the security market. Twenty other Zartek employees have joined ASG, including Dave Czarnecki, who founded Zartek in 1996. Czarnecki will stay on as branch general manager. "He's a good guy who's firmly entrenched in that [Philadelphia] turf," Ryan said.