BUFFALO, N.Y.—Great Lakes Building Systems saw revenues increase by about 30 percent in 2011 over 2010, added five employees and is planning to open a third office this year, company president John Wojdan told Security Systems News.
NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J.—A bill to require fire sprinkler systems in new one- and two-family homes in New Jersey likely will go before the state Legislature this year, now that the measure has cleared several legislative hurdles, according to the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, which is based here.
BALTIMORE—Complete Fire Protection expanded its focus last summer, transforming from a company that concentrated on fire extinguisher and kitchen hood work to being a full-service fire alarm, life safety company, said company VP Michael Ferro.
TORRINGTON, Conn.—TEC control systems, an engineered systems distributor of fire, mass evacuation, security, sound and CCTV systems based here, has relocated to a new office building that is twice the size of the former one, giving the company room to grow, said company president Bill Capuano.
CAPE CORAL, Fla.—A proposed ordinance in this city would give homebuilders a break on city impact fees if they install fire sprinklers in new homes, saving lives and also saving money for taxpayers in the long run, according to the city councilor behind the proposal and the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA).
CHICAGO, Ill.—A federal appeals court based here says public fire districts in Illinois have a legal right to be in the fire alarm monitoring business, but can’t displace the private fire market in doing so.
OKLAHOMA CITY—Complex new requirements for how fire alarm and mass notification systems are designed, installed and tested, especially for military applications, led Stampsco, a fire and life safety company based here, to create a team of experts specializing in such work.
Tess talks to Carter Rierson, founder and president of Best Defense Security & Fire Protection, on the need for emergency communications systems in schools in light of school shootings and other emergencies. He advocates a multitiered approach and calls on fire and security manufacturers to work together to come up with ECS solutions that combine the best security and fire technologies.