News Briefs May 2011

Singapore Resort Selects VingCard Elsafe’s SENTINEL II Safes VingCard Elsafe, part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, has completed installation of its state-of-the-art SENTINEL II in-room safes at the renowned Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. The SENTINEL II...

Sargent & Greenleaf. Opens Electronic Lock Manufacturing Facility

Sargent & Greenleaf, Inc., a subsidiary of Stanley Security Solutions, has opened a new, state-of-the-art electronic lock manufacturing facility in Nicholasville, KY.

Since its acquisition by Stanley Security Solutions six years ago, Sargent & Greenleaf (S&G) has made significant investments in new machinery, automation, tooling, staff, quality processes and other methods to increase the productivity and efficiency of the plant. This state-of-the-art electronic lock assembly and test facility furthers S&G’s commitment to producing the highest quality products for its customers.

S&G has experienced phenomenal growth in its electronic lock business over the last few years. By investing in an ultramodern facility, S&G proves its commitment to meeting the demands of customers for more sophisticated electronic locking solutions.

“This is an investment that aligns with our business and product strategy,” states Phil Pitt, Director of Marketing for S&G. “Electronic locks are a key part of the S&G strategy moving forward. Examples include our recently announced TITAN™ electronic locks, our new S&G 2740 High Security lock for government applications, and our popular ASERIES™ ATM lock.”

The new electronic lock manufacturing facility aims to achieve certification to ESDA S20.20 standards in ESD protection. The manufacturing and testing room is built to accommodate growth, and is restricted – to all – without a badge for access. Within the facility, locks flow from cell to cell, and are assembled and tested using highly specialized equipment. All locks are required to pass a stringent series of quality checks and tests before exiting the room for packaging.

“Customers worldwide are demanding more sophisticated electronic locking solutions and this new facility positions S&G very well to respond to these demands, while giving us the flexibility to quickly adapt to changing market conditions and customer requirements,” concludes Pitt.

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PEPPM Names Continental Access “Awarded Vendor”

Continental Access has been selected as an “Awarded Vendor” for Access Control equipment by the PEPPM organization for a two-year term, beginning in January 2011. PEPPM is a multi-state Technology Bid and Purchasing Program providing bid-protected services to educational agencies, county governments and local municipalities.

Continental’s participation in this program will allow these qualifying agencies to quickly and easily purchase quality access control products at competitive pricing without going out to bid.  With today’s increased necessity for security, Continental Access’ participation in this program will additionally help ensure the safety of our educational community.

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ASSA ABLOY acquires FlexiForce

ASSA ABLOY has acquired FlexiForce, a leading manufacturer of components for entrance automation. FlexiForce is specialized in manufacturing and distribution of components for industrial sectional doors and residential garage doors with a strong position in R&D, distribution and a solid customer base.

"I am very happy to welcome FlexiForce to our Group. This is another important step in our strategy of growing our position within entrance automation," says Johan Molin, President and CEO of ASSA ABLOY.

"FlexiForce adds a new and very important distribution channel to sectional door assemblers. This is an exciting and growing customer category where we see opportunities to develop even closer relationships with our customers. FlexiForce also adds a very well-reputed and competent management team and a dedicated workforce, whom we welcome to our Group," says Juan Vargues, Executive Vice President of ASSA ABLOY and Head of Entrance Systems division.

FlexiForce has 300 employees and is based in the Netherlands with subsidiaries in Europe, China and the United States.

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