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SimplexGrinnell now part of 'smaller, leaner, more focused Tyco'

The fire and life safety company also expects 'tighter collaboration' with Tyco Integrated Security
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10/03/2012

WESTMINSTER, Mass.—Tyco is now a pure-play fire protection and security company, having just shed its ADT home security and flow control businesses.

Illinois enacts new law on dorm sprinklers

All public and private colleges and universities must install sprinklers by September 2014
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09/24/2012

ORLAND PARK, Ill.—Parents of college students should be able to rest easier as the result of a new law requiring fire sprinklers in on-campus dormitories at public and private colleges and universities in Illinois by September 2014, according to the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board.

‘Niche industries’ driving growth of new fire technology market

Need for advanced fire detection is rising, as industries that demand it—such as telecommunications and utilities—experience growth
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09/12/2012

AUSTIN, Texas—Laser-based aspirating smoke detectors and multi-sensors are the fastest-growing segment of the fire market and are modernizing the industry, according to a new study from IMS Research.

S&S weathers Isaac, focuses on ‘doing it right’

Alabama-based fire company says AFSA Quality Contractor recognition helps it stand out
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09/12/2012

MOBILE, Ala.—S&S Sprinkler Co. shut down its main office here for a day and also another office in Baton Rouge, La., for more than two days as Hurricane Isaac approached the Gulf Coast in late August, said business manager Jeff McCurley.

FDNY approves network and cell communications for primary fire signaling

DMP products believed to be first to gain the approval, which is expected to result in a speedy, cost-saving choice for end users
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08/22/2012

NEW YORK—For the first time, the City of New York Fire Department has approved the use of cellular and network communicators for primary fire alarm signaling to central stations—and Digital Monitoring Products is said to be the first manufacturer to win the approval for its network and cellular products.

STAMPSCO again one of Oklahoma City’s fastest-growing companies

‘A great team’ and hard work lead to big projects, high revenues
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08/22/2012

OKLAHOMA CITY—With 60 percent revenue growth last year, several large-scale projects under way and a hiring increase, it’s really not surprising that STAMPSCO has been named one of this city’s top 50 fastest-growing companies. And this marks the second time in a row that the fire and life safety company has won such recognition.

Ruling in Illinois fire alarm monitoring case ‘positive’ for industry

But decision in lawsuit brought by ADT over public entities monopolizing fire alarm monitoring will be appealed
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08/15/2012

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—The latest decision in a lawsuit brought by ADT and other alarm companies over public entities taking over fire alarm monitoring in the state contains “a lot of positive things for the alarm industry," according to the executive director of the Illinois Electronic Security Association.

Capital Alarm scores with install at stadium

Fire system at New Hampshire Fisher Cats ballpark performing well
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08/14/2012

PENACOOK, N.H.—Capital Alarm Systems, a fire and security integrator based here, already had a relationship with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, doing such things as advertising the minor league baseball team on its website in exchange for free tickets it offers to its clients as promotions. But that relationship wasn’t the only reason Capital Alarm was called in to replace the damaged fire alarm system at the home stadium of the Toronto Blue Jays’ Double-A affiliate.

Companies fired up about social media

Experts say a successful social media plan has specific goals, and time needs to be divided between listening, creating and engaging
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08/01/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—In the one year that Stampsco has been active on social media, staff at this small but busy fire company has had to carve out time to figure out how to best use sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

“Typically,” said Rodney Stamps, president of Oklahoma City-based Stampsco, “we have normal business activities during the day, and in the evenings come in and discuss what we’re going to do on social media.”

Fire jobs ‘starting to come back’ for Northwest company

Improving economy and mass notification projects are helping to rebuild life safety business after recession
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08/01/2012

LYNNWOOD, Wash.—Fire and life safety previously made up about half of ABSCO Alarms’ business prior to the recession, when that percentage waned to about half that and the company turned its focus on growing the video surveillance and access control part of the business instead.

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