VSC Corp now VSC Fire & Security

New name reflects charge into low-voltage, expansion beyond sprinklers, for 850-employee company
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Friday, December 11, 2009

RICHMOND, Va.—VSC Corp merged with its subsidiaries in November and has rebranded the entire company as VSC Fire & Security. It’s a move, COO Michael Martin said, that will help the company’s 12 offices “better present themselves to regional and national clients.”

The new name is also reflective of the company’s growing emphasis on and capabilities in the low-voltage industry, both in fire alarm and security.

“Most of our growth in low voltage has been with fire alarm in the past five years. It’s just in the last year that we’ve stared to focus on security and have started to hire some people who really know security,” Martin said.

VSC sees great opportunity in low voltage systems and intends to keep growing this side of the business.

In business since 1958, VSC is an 850-employee operation. Its subsidiaries include Virginia Sprinkler Company, Industrial Fire & Safety, Davy Fire Protection, Precision Sprinkler, Southeastern Fire Control, Virginia Sprinkler Company Inspection Services, and Worsham Sprinkler Company. It has offices in Baltimore; Springfield, Va.; Richmond; Virginia Beach, Va.; Salem, Va.; Raleigh, N.C.; Charlotte, N.C.; Myrtle Beach S.C.; Charleston, S.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Orlando, Fla.; and Tampa, Fla.

Operating under several different names didn’t matter when the economy was booming and there was so much business going around. Today, it’s more important for potential and current clients to know “what we are, what size company we are and what we can do,” Martin said. “It adds credibility and value,” he added.

Martin said the company does not have a rigid or overly structured organization where senior management is solely responsible for success in new endeavors. “It is our district managers that are key in developing our business,” he said. Earp Hall, for example, runs a division in Virginia Beach that specializes in low voltage systems. Hall is one of the individuals who “is instrumental in guiding our growth.”

VSC works in a number of vertical markets including industrial, places of worship, data centers, schools, government facilities, sports complexes, health care and historic properties. The company’s expertise is really across all verticals, “what our more senior and experienced managers tell me is that they believe their talents are best suited for some more challenging buildings,” he said.