New owners at Access Specialties, same family
ST. PAUL, Minn.--Lisa DeBettignies has purchased panel and software manufacturer Access Specialties from father Wayne Erickson with a vow that, Ã¢â‚¬Å“weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re no longer going to be the best-kept secret in the industry.Ã¢â‚¬Â As part of that effort, Teri Zemlak, with a background in operations and marketing, has been brought in as a minority partner.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to share our resources and vision with a lot more people,Ã¢â‚¬Â said DeBettignies, whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been working at Access Specialties since just after her father, a Casi-Rusco veteran, founded the company 18 years ago. Ã¢â‚¬Å“A lot of exciting things are going to be coming out, but our free tech support, our lifetime warranty, none of whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s kept us a mainstay with our dealers will change.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Access Specialties was the first manufacturer to release a PC-based access control system, Ã¢â‚¬Å“back in the day before PCs were so prevalent, when our competitors products were very proprietary,Ã¢â‚¬Â DeBettignies said, noting that Access Specialties was also the first Windows-based access system. The company will continue that legacy of offering integration with other manufacturers and keeping its software both feature-rich and user-friendly, she said.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We come from that old era where thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lot of turnover with the security guards,Ã¢â‚¬Â DeBettignies said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“so we keep it really simple to make sure it works and it works well, and it ties complementary areas together.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Erickson will remain with the company, working on product development and engineering, but will also Ã¢â‚¬Å“take a little extra time to enjoy life.Ã¢â‚¬Â