News Briefs, August 2022

Aug. 2, 2022

Allegion Completes Stanley Access Technologies Acquisition

Allegion has completed its previously announced acquisition of Stanley Access Technologies and assets related to the automatic entrance solutions business from Stanley Black & Decker for $900 million in cash.

Stanley Access Technologies is a leading manufacturer, installer and service provider of automatic doors in North America, primarily in the United States and Canada. Its diversified customer base centers on nonresidential settings, including retail, healthcare, education, commercial offices, hospitality and government. Access Technologies generated about $340 million in net sales in 2021.

“This acquisition bolsters Allegion’s seamless access strategy with a category market leader, while growing the Allegion Americas core business through adjacent automatic entrance products and installation and maintenance services,” says David D. Petratis, Allegion chairman, president and CEO. “In addition, the Allegion team is proud to welcome Access Technologies’ dedicated employees, who bring immense talent and expertise in safety, security and service.”

AlarMax Distributors Acquires Cassidy Technologies

AlarMax Distributors has acquired Cassidy Technologies’ branches in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Des Moines, Iowa. The acquisition expands AlarMax’s U.S. footprint to 25 locations. Roger Graf, president at AlarMax states, “We are very happy to welcome Chris Johnson and the Cassidy Team into the AlarMax Family and are excited about our future together.”

Cassidy Technologies customers will enjoy an expanded product assortment, higher branch inventory levels and AlarMax’s considerable buying power, which provides better dealer pricing.

The St. Paul branch is at 2135 Energy Park Dr. and can be reached at 612-333-0646. Chris Johnson is the branch manager. The Des Moines branch is located at 1335 NE 50th Ave. and can be reached at 515-280-4804. Wade Cox serves as branch manager. Cassidy’s sales office in New Berlin, Wisconsin, can be reached at 262-754-0100.

For more information about AlarMax, contact them at 888-432-3232 or visit Opens 20th Office Location announced the opening of its Greenville, South Carolina, office, located on South Main Street.

Greenville marks the 20th office location for the video security company. The South Carolina office has about 10 employees, with more expected shortly. This is the first new office location in 2022 for as well as the first office in South Carolina. is headquartered in Tysons, Virginia, and has more than 1,500 full-time employees in offices across the globe from Needham, Massachusetts, to Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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Z-Wave Alliance Surpasses 4,000 Certified Devices

The Z-Wave Alliance, the standards development organization dedicated to advancing the smart home and Z-Wave technology, announced that the Z-Wave product ecosystem surpassed 4,000 certified devices. HOPPE was the alliance member that hit that milestone, which comes on the heels of the Z-Wave Alliance announcing that the first Z-Wave Long Range (Z-Wave LR) certified devices are hitting the market for implementation into smart-home systems.  

“Z-Wave has been at the forefront of smart-home technology and a champion of security, interoperability and backwards compatibility for over two decades,” says Mitch Klein, executive director of the Z-Wave Alliance. “Our recent bevy of announcements — ratification as a standards development organization, the addition of new board members, the first Z-Wave LR Certified devices and now growth of the Z-Wave ecosystem to over 4,000 devices — all indicate that Z-Wave continues to innovate and advance the smart-home market and shows no signs of slowing down.” 

Interoperability between Z-Wave products is the cornerstone of the Z-Wave technology standard; interoperability is achieved only through testing and certification. Certification ensures all Z-Wave devices regardless of brand, manufacturer and chip generation work with each other to deliver on the promise of the interoperable and backwards-compatible smart home. Certification of devices to Z-Wave standards is required as part of the Trademark and Distribution License agreement for all Z-Wave Alliance members, and every device must pass a series of tests to ensure that it’s compliant prior to the device being marketed or sold commercially.

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Denning to Distribute SALTO Products in 2 States

SALTO Systems, a manufacturer of smart access control solutions, has contracted with Denning Electronics to market and sell SALTO’s products in Illinois and Wisconsin.

“Denning Electronics is onboard to ensure that ineffective physical key systems in Illinois and Wisconsin are replaced with SALTO access control solutions,” says Ken Wippich, president and owner of Denning Electronics. “With SALTO’s full range of wireless electronic access products, it’s possible to provide the highest level of safety, security and accountability for people, property and buildings while avoiding installation challenges and physical key management issues.”

Denning Electronics provides access control, security, communications and surveillance sales support to distributors, security system integrators, engineering design firms, architects and system users. With offices in the greater Chicago metropolitan area, Denning Electronics has served all levels of government, schools, banks, manufacturers, food producers, distributors, performing arts centers and retail establishments in the Illinois and Wisconsin areas for more than 38 years.

Visit the Denning Electronics website at or call 630-879-8634. 

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Dortronics announced that Skip Burnham has been promoted to national sales manager. Burnham joined Dortronics Systems in 2016 as A/E sales manager to coordinate consultative sales efforts through architects, engineers and specifiers. In his new role, Burnham will coordinate sales activities with Dortronics sales reps, resellers and distribution partners.

“Skip has proven to be a valuable addition and asset to Dortronics since joining the company, helping us to cultivate and build relationships with consultants and A&Es that specify door control products,” says John FitzPatrick, Dortronics president. “As national sales manager, Skip will apply his tremendous wealth of knowledge and field expertise to strategically manage Dortronics sales activities with our network of sales representatives, reseller partners and key accounts.”

Burnham has more than 25 years of sales and technical experience with an extensive background in pharmaceutical labs and clean-room environments. He also is an active member of the Construction Specification Institute (CSI) and holds a Construction Documents Technologist (CDT) certificate. Prior to joining Dortronics, Burnham was with DB Technical Sales.

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