Briefs

SSN Staff  - 
Thursday, January 1, 2004

Corrections business drops Wackenhut name
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Wackenhut Corrections Corp. changed its name to The GEO Group, 15 years after the company’s founder, George Wackenhut, entered the prison management business.

Shareholders approved the name change in late November. The company needed to make the name change as part of terms reached in April 2003 to repurchase common stock held by Group 4 Falck, which became a majority shareholder in the company when it bought its parent company, Wackenhut Corp. in 2002.

The prison management company paid Group 4 Falck $132 million for the shares and at that time agreed to drop the Wackenhut name.
Johnson Controls secures Smithsonian
MILWAUKEE - The Smithsonian Institution has selected Johnson Controls to upgrade the security and fire systems at two of its Suitland, Md., support facilities.

The contract to improve the security and fire system at the Museum Support Center and the Cultural Resource Center builds on a three-year relationship between the Smithsonian and Johnson Controls. In addition to performing security upgrades, the systems integrator performs operations and maintenance for the security systems in most Smithsonian facilities.
Security firm garners government contract
SILVER SPRING, Md. - Thanks to its General Services Administration Schedule, USProtect in December began providing armed, uniformed security guards to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Terms of the contract, such as the contract price and duration, were not released.

As part of the contract, USProtect will provide 24-hour protection to the USDA’s National Plant Germplasm & Biotechnology Laboratory in Beltsville, Md., and staff the facility with six security guards.

The company will be responsible for visitor access control, crime and theft prevention, maintaining entry / exit logs, roving armed security patrols and emergency response.