CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.—A Marioff water mist fire suppression system is now protecting Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s iconic home here. It’s an example of a growing niche market for water mist systems: historic homes and other cultural heritage buildings.
YARMOUTH, Maine—Water-mist fire suppression systems aren’t just for ships—they are increasingly used in land-based applications, such as historic buildings and hospitals. But are they the equivalent of fire sprinkler systems? That’s the question being hotly debated as proposed changes to the National Fire Protection Association’s standard on water-mist systems come under review.
SEVERN, Md.—Alarm Tech Solutions, a fire company based here, has acquired SPC Inc. of Jessup, Md. The Jan. 7 acquisition increases Alarm Tech’s work force by nearly 40 percent and provides it with a variety of new and expanded market opportunities.
SYOSSET, N.Y.—AFA Protective Systems, a super-regional based here, recently added about $45,000 to its RMR with the acquisition of Ready Alarm, a company providing commercial fire alarm monitoring, maintenance and inspection services in the New York City market.
BROKEN ARROW, Okla.—Oklahoma has one of the greatest concentrations of American Indian tribes in the nation, and tribal businesses are an important vertical for York Electronic Systems, which is based here.
SAN FRANCISCO—The Marin County Civic Center, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is a marvel of modern architecture with an old and outdated fire alarm system. Now, however, U.S. Electric Technologies, based here, has been awarded a contract of up to $2 million to upgrade the system.
CAPE CORAL, Fla.—Many homebuilders fight against installing home fire sprinklers, contending they discourage sales by jacking up a home’s price tag. But Sam Davis, a builder based here, believes so strongly that sprinklers save lives that he offers them free in all the homes he builds.
MIRA LOMA, Calif.—Time & Alarm Systems is one of Gamewell-FCI’s top distributors, and company CEO and President Keith Senn points to some innovative marketing initiatives as an important factor in the company’s success.
PHILADELPHIA—Ease of use was one reason why a new Silent Knight by Honeywell fire alarm system was chosen to upgrade a huge facility owned by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), one of the nation’s largest transportation hubs, according to the company that handled the project.
Some companies this year have discussed the benefit of moving from operating their own central stations to partnering with a third party monitoring center, including RFI Communications, Red Hawk Fire & Security and Comtronics. Will more companies switch to using wholesale centrals?