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Allied Universal makes fourth buy in a month

Deal speaks to company’s overall growth strategy, CEO says
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12/16/2019

SANTA ANA, Calif.—Allied Universal’s recent buy of APG Security — its fourth deal in about a month — speaks to company’s overall strategy to continue growing through acquisition.

Allied Universal acquires SOS Security

Merger expands company’s size and global reach, adding 15,000 employees
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11/26/2019

SANTA ANA, Calif.—Allied Universal, a security and facility services company based here, and SOS Security, a provider of global security services, announced a merger that will increase Allied’s footprint and global reach, adding 15,000 employees.

Allied Universal acquires Advent Systems Inc.

Deal expands company’s technology services division in Midwest region
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11/07/2019

SANTA ANA, Calif. and ELMHURST, Ill.—Allied Universal, a security and facility services company, recently announced the acquisition of Advent Systems, Inc., a low-voltage integrator of IP video, access control, structured cabling and audio/visual systems based in Elmhurst, Ill.

Allied Universal acquires Michigan-based Midstate Security

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09/04/2019

SANTA ANA, Calif.—Allied Universal, a leading security and facility services company in North America, recently announced the acquisition of Midstate Security, a fully integrated electronic security and monitoring systems company based in Wyoming, Mich.

Allied Universal’s CEO publishes book

Steve Jones talks with SSN about the book and how the company went from $12 million to $7 billion in 20 years
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02/14/2019

SANTA ANA, Calif.—Steve Jones, CEO of Allied Universal, added “author” to his list of accomplishments with the recent publication of No Off Season: The Constant Pursuit of More, a story that chronicles his days as football standout at Cal Poly to successful CEO of a billion-dollar security company.

Allied Universal acquires U.S. Security Associates

Company CEO talks with SSN about what this deal means moving forward
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07/18/2018

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. and SANTA ANA, Calif.—Allied Universal, a security and facility services company based here, on July 16 announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire U.S. Security Associates (USSA) from Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division (GSMBD), adding approximately 50,000 employees and bringing the company’s employee total to more than 200,000.

Allied Universal makes buy in Philly

Acquisition of Covenant Security Services broadens expertise in energy sector
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02/07/2018

SANTA ANA, Calif. and CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.—Allied Universal, a leading facility services company and one of the largest security forces in North America with more than 150,000 employees, on Feb. 5 announced the acquisition of Covenant Security Services Ltd., a Philadelphia-based security firm that is a division of Covenant Services Worldwide. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Allied Universal unveils new GSOC services

Integrator introduces new services at ASIS 2017 as it blends manpower with technology
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10/05/2017

SANTA ANA, Calif. and CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.—Allied Universal, a facility services company and one of the largest security forces in North America with more than 150,000 employees, unveiled at ASIS 2017 in Dallas last week a new Global Security Operations Center as a Service (GSOCaaS) offering.

Allied Universal turns 1

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Allied Universal, a leading facility services company and one of the largest security forces in North America, marked its one-year anniversary this week after forming a year ago via the merger of AlliedBarton Security Services and Universal Services of America.

In the announcement, Steve Jones, Allied Universal CEO, thanked all of the company’s 150,000 employees and its clients “for their continued support and commitment that contributed to a phenomenal first year as our new company! I look forward to our continued success in the security and services industries."

Over the past year the company has made several acquisitions, as it continues to transform to a full-service security company, moving beyond the manguarding services the it has been known for.

Jones told Security Systems News, after the company’s most recent acquisition of ALERT Protective Services in May, that the company continues to look at acquisitions as a way to diversify its offerings.

“We’ve got a pretty robust pipeline of deals that we are looking at—some in the technology space and some in the traditional manguarding space—and we hope to announce a few more before the year is over that will help us to diversify our company and bring more value to our clients.”

In the press release announcing the one-year milestone, the company outlined some additional organizational achievements since the merger:

•    Became the unequivocal leader in guarding services throughout North America. Our security professionals and our company play a major role in keeping the U.S. and Canada safe and secure.

•    Provided service to over half of the Fortune 500 companies and nearly every major retail mall in the U.S. From healthcare facilities, commercial office buildings, manufacturing and industrial plants, residential communities, transportation facilities and government services, Allied Universal has a significant security presence.

•    Managed the integration of a workforce of over 150,000 security professionals to perform our jobs on a daily basis and serve our growing customer base.

•    Implemented a world-class training program, the AU Institute, which offers over 1,000 training assets and professional development programs to enhance our security professionals' delivery of service and protection.

•    Introduced several technological innovations to expand our physical and operational security solutions and service offerings to enhance the protection of client properties and assets.

 

Allied Universal acquires in Florida

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. and SANTA ANA, Calif.—Allied Universal continues to diversify with the acquisition of ALERT Protective Services, a residential community security firm based in Sarasota, Fla.

“This is a company that does most of the high-end residential communities in South Florida,” Allied Universal CEO Steve Jones told Security Systems News. “Not only are they providing the security guard services but they do it differently where they use technology to help augment that, which is what we have been pushing toward and striving toward with our business.”

With a portfolio that consists of 95 percent residential condominiums and communities, ALERT Protective Services owns the homeowners association and residential lifestyle communities’ security space in Southwest and Southeast Florida. Founded in 2005, the company has more than $10 million in revenue and 430 employees, most of which will be joining Allied Universal.

“We are excited to join Allied Universal,” Jeff Haidet, CEO of ALERT Protective Services, said in the announcement. “Both companies embrace combining the use of state-of-the-art technology with manpower to provide an optimal solution to our customers. We also share the same passion and commitment to be the employer of choice for security professionals and provider of choice for security users.”

Similarly to Allied Universal, ALERT Protective Services offers integrated security systems and uniformed security professionals to work in tandem with a complete security program at community gatehouses, concierge desks, or security command centers. Some of these solutions include remote video monitoring, access control and an electronic patrol-reporting program that enables security professionals to report threats in real time and alert authorities if back up is needed.

“This was an opportunity for us to not only expand our footprint in Florida, but to really get a springboard on providing those security officer services along with remote video monitoring and the use of technology for ingress and egress around the community, which is where we want to focus on,” said Jones. “We are excited that we can leverage the technology applications that we feel are changing and enhancing the industry.”

Moving forward, Jones said the company still has a few more acquisitions up its sleeve.

“We’ve got a pretty robust pipeline of deals that we are looking at—some in the technology space and some in the traditional manguarding space—and we hope to announce a few more before the year is over that will help us to diversify our company and bring more value to our clients.”

With headquarters in Santa Ana, Calif., and Conshohocken, Pa., Allied Universal has more than 150,000 employees across North America.

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