Security General expands beyond the state of Texas

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Saturday, March 1, 2003

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Security products distributor Security General International recently opened a branch and warehouse here, its first outside the state of Texas where the company does business as Texas Systems Supply and Texas Datacom.
The new branch, which opened in January, comes a year after the company adopted the name Security General International, now used by new locations. The company opened a branch in El Paso, Texas, in August of 2002 using the same name.

“We had customers asking us to come to different areas of the country and we found there wasn’t a broad acceptance of Texas Systems Supply,” said Henry Homrighaus Jr., senior vice president of marketing and sales.

Overall, the Oklahoma City branch marks the eighth location for the product distributor, which is currently exploring additional locations in other markets. “We are in an expansion mode consistent with business and we are always looking for an opportunity to expand,” said Homrighaus.

Company officials decided to open a new location in Oklahoma City at the request of customers.

To open the location, Security General International relocated its former Austin, Texas, employee, Robby Russell, a two-and-a-half year employee, to Oklahoma City. The branch opened in early January, with a grand opening in February.

With only a few security product distributors in the area, Russell described Oklahoma City as a strong market.

“It’s got room to grow,” said Russell, Oklahoma sales manager for Security General International.

What sets Security General International apart from other distributors, said Homrighaus, is that the company partners with dealers and systems integrators. It will help companies secure bonding for a project, he said, and specify products. The company also offers classes enabling installers to earn continuing education credit hours needed for licensing.