People and Places, June 2013

June 3, 2013

ALOA SPAI Creates Institutional Locksmith Division

ALOA Security Professional Association, Inc. (ALOA SPAI) announces the formation of a new division developed to meet the unique needs of institutional locksmiths. ALOA Institutional Locksmiths (AIL) division will soon commence operations to provide benefits to their members who work as in-house locksmiths.

“Institutional locksmiths have been under-served for a very long time. We are forming this new division in order to rectify that situation. AIL will provide comprehensive services and benefits that are tailored to meet the unique occupational needs of our in-house locksmith members,” says Tom Demont, AHC, CAI, CFDI, IFDI, CFL, CMIL, CML, CPS, ARL, president of ALOA SPAI. “Broad-based support is in place from institutional locksmiths within our membership ranks, as well as from across the country, who have been clamoring for ALOA SPAI to provide these services. The time is right to set this plan in motion.”

Demont has asked long-time institutional locksmith, John Truempy, CMIL, CRL, IFDI, to be the first director of AIL. Truempy has been an institutional locksmith for over 25 years, and has over 15 years of association management experience, serving as president, chairman-of-the board and director for numerous organizations. Truempy is also a highly respected locksmith industry author and instructor.

"I can't wait to get started on this project. It's long overdue." Truempy continues, "ALOA SPAI will be able to provide the professional resources necessary to develop the programs that our institutional members want and need."

The ALOA Institutional Locksmiths is dedicated to increasing and enhancing the technical skills of its members through education and certification. By partnering with locksmith, security and door hardware industry companies and organizations, we strive to provide a safe and secure environment for our employers, co-workers and patrons utilizing technical expertise and professionalism.

Institutional locksmiths who are currently members of ALOA SPAI will automatically be enrolled in AIL. They will also be able to use the new AIL logo immediately.

CLARK Security Expands In Houston, Seattle

CLARK Seattle has relocated to a newer, larger, and more accommodating facility less than two miles from its previous home. The branch is now co-located with CLARK’s parent company, Anixter International, providing access to more resources than ever before.

CLARK-Seattle branch re-opened its doors for business April 22, just in time to celebrate Earth Day in a facility that is more energy efficient as well as resourceful when it comes to recycling. The facility is fitted with skylights, and lights turn off in the warehouse to conserve electricity when they are not needed. Last year, the facility recycled 8.2 tons of refuse.

Here are a few additional improvements:

  • State-of-the-art training facility
  • Larger will call and showroom area
  • New phone system to better serve our clients

The new address is: CLARK Security Products Seattle, 21419 64th Ave S, Kent WA 98032. Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Mon-Fri

Fax & phone numbers remain the same:  Toll–free: 800.942.5275. Fax: 253.437.0791.

In other news, CLARK Security Products has expanded its Houston, Texas, safe depot into a stocking warehouse. The Houston location now stocks over 3,000 everyday line items. CLARK sales representatives are on site, ready to serve local locksmiths and provide the resources and solutions they need to be successful.

The address is: 9900 Sam Houston Center Drive, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77064. Phone: 972-353-7076. Toll-free: 800-483-5625. Fax: 888-682-3329.

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D&D Technologies Observes Drowning Prevention Month

D&D Technologies supported the National Drowning Prevention Alliance’s (NDPA) campaign to promote May as “National Drowning Prevention Month,” in a collaborative effort across the country, with other organizations involved in water safety, drowning prevention, aquatic safety, and recreational activities. For more information, visit

In addition to general water safety practices, homeowners or organizations maintaining pools need to take the following steps, according to D&D.

Install “isolation fencing” which completely separates the pool or spa area from the house or other structures. An isolation fence restricts unauthorized access from neighbors’ yards, other nearby buildings, and from inside the house. Isolation fencing is the preferred configuration for pool and spa protection.

All fences must be non-climbable, meet all applicable local safety codes, and should be at least 60” tall, with vertical bars set close to one another so that a small child cannot squeeze through.

Install be self-closing and self-latching gates with a locking device such as the rust-free MagnaLatch® Top Pull, along with self-closing hinges like the TruClose®.

Gates should open away from the pool and have self-closing hinges, and should never be propped open. Check and adjust your gate regularly to make sure it operates correctly.

The gate latch should be out of the reach of children, at least 54” from the ground. Use a locking latch, and keep it locked when pool is not in use. Store the key out of children’s reached and make sure all adults know where the key is kept.

Keep anything that can be climbed, such as chairs, tables, storage bins, playground equipment, ice chests, etc. inside the fence area.

All doors providing direct access from the home to the swimming pool should be equipped with a self-closing, self latching device with a release mechanism placed no lower than 54 inches above the floor.

Rust-free, pool safety gate hardware by D&D Technologies is now available under the Stanley or National Hardware brand through select Lowe’s stores or through other hardware retailers. The hinges and latches are simple to install and most models offer vertical and horizontal adjustment to correct gate misalignment caused by ground movement, children swinging on gates, or other factors.

Ingram To Lead FST21 U.S. Sales Team

FST21 has named security industry veteran Mark Ingram as director of U.S. sales. He previously served as  manager of strategic distribution sales, Pelco by Schneider Electric and, prior to that, as president of Visonic Americas.

FST21's SafeRise® access control software utilizes FST21's In Motion Identification™ capabilities to manage and control building entry points, common areas, elevators and parking areas. SafeRise recognizes people simply by the way they look and move, eliminating the need, and inherent security risks associated with solutions such as swipe cards and FOBs. SafeRise represents a best-in-breed fusion of cutting-edge, value-adding technologies, including 2nd generation Biometrics, Video, Behavior Analysis, Facial Recognition, and License Plate Recognition.

 "We are very pleased to welcome Mark to FST21 team," says Major General Aharon Zeevi Farkash, CEO of FST21. "Mark was recruited in response to the rapid growth of the company in the U.S. FST21 is also positioned to bring on additional sales and technical support personal."

Mark can be reached at [email protected] or 860-713-3231. For more information about FST21, visit

Linear Offers Live Support In Spanish

Linear LLC is providing announces Spanish language live support for both its Technical Service and Customer Service departments. In an effort to better serve the growing Spanish-speaking community in the U.S. and in the expanding Mexican and South American markets, Linear has assigned four Spanish speaking agents in each department, with additional expansion planned as needed.

"At Linear, we believe in providing the best customer service and technical support to all our clients and partners. Mexico, South America and Spanish speaking Americans represent an important customer base for Linear and our bi-lingual representatives are already standing by to answer technical or service-related questions," said Greg Hancock, director of customer care at Linear. "We are excited to expand this service and will continue to provide a high level of expertise and service to all of our customers."

Linear is a leading manufacturer of security and access control solutions, health and wellness technology products, garage door openers and wireless devices. With the recent acquisition of 2GIG Technologies, Linear's dealers and OEM partners gain access to 2GIG's Go!Control platform, the first widely adopted integrated security and automation system that includes a system CPU, touchscreen interface, Z-Wave radio for automation, cellular radio for communications with a central station, and narrow-band RF for communicating with security sensors. Offering Spanish language support is an important step for Linear as the company expands distribution of its product line and OEM services into Latin America.

For more information, visit or call 800-421-1587.