Allied Universal adds two firms in a fortnight as strong US acquisition strategy continues


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Allied Universal shows no sign of stopping its US expansion program announcing the acquisition of American Security, which employs 1,200 people across the South eastern region.

Allied, which now has around 800,000 employees worldwide and revenues of $20 billion, revealed details of the latest company to join its portfolio this week. Founded in 1975 by retired South Carolina Highway Patrol Sergeant Henry Harrison, American Security has more than 1,200 employees and serves a seven-state area that includes Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Although American Security comprises mostly security professionals, the company provides a range of security services.

“I’m pleased to welcome American Security to the Allied Universal team,” said Steve Jones, Global Chairman & CEO of Allied Universal. This week he also became the 1,000th person to be interview on The CEO Show, a nationally syndicated programme, which can be heard online hosted by Robert Reiss.

“The transition will be seamless as American Security and Allied Universal share a deep commitment to our employees, as well as our customers and the communities we serve. American Security will complement the services we currently provide and give Allied Universal a stronger presence in the Southeast part of the United States. Several members of the American Security management team will join Allied Universal to coordinate a seamless transition.”

“This is a momentous day for American Security,” said Randy Harrison, President of American Security. “We are continuing our growth and evolution by joining the Allied Universal team. We will be able to take the service we provide to our clients to the next level, and our employees will have access to growth opportunities throughout the world because Allied Universal has a promote-from-within culture.”

The announcement comes two weeks after Allied Universal acquired the Star Protection Agency (Star), which is the largest locally-owned security firm in Hawaii.

Star Protection Agency has been in business since 1991, growing into the largest Hawaiian-owned and veteran-owned security company in the state. Although Star is primarily a guard patrol service, with workers at 125 sites throughout the state, it provides a range of security technology and consulting services.

“I’m pleased to welcome Star Protection Agency’s dedicated employees to the Allied Universal team. ,” said Jones on 3 May 2022. “This is part of our continued acquisition strategy in North America and Internationally.”

Allied Universal announced the acquisition of two more US security companies this month

President and Owner of Star Protection Agency Robin Medeiros, along with Vice President Anderson Hee have agreed to join Allied Universal to ensure a seamless transition for customers and employees.

“We know by joining Allied Universal, the industry leader with shared values, we will be able to serve our customers even better,” said Medeiros. “Because Allied Universal has a promote-from-within culture, our employees will have access to growth opportunities throughout the world.”

Earlier in 2022 Allied Universal announced the acquisition of Attenti Group, one of the world’s leading electronic monitoring companies saying it would integrate Attenti Group with G4S Monitoring Technologies, to create Allied Universal Electronic Monitoring Services.  The combined business has pro-forma 2021 revenues over $150m with operations in more than 35 countries, and will establish Allied Universal Electronic Monitoring Services as a global market leader in electronic monitoring solutions.

“The purchase of Attenti Group aligns perfectly with our long-term strategic growth plan of investing in our international business through the acquisition of high-quality global companies,” Chairman and CEO of Allied Universal said in a statement. “This acquisition gives Allied Universal Electronic Monitoring Services a global footprint and an established platform for continued growth in North America, which is the world’s largest opportunity for electronic monitoring.”

Ashley Almanza, Executive Chairman, Allied Universal International, said in April: “G4S Monitoring Technologies and Attenti Group each have more than 25 years’ success in developing and delivering industry leading electronic monitoring technology and services. The two companies have outstanding people and complementary market positions, together with an extensive array of technology solutions. We believe that this combination will generate significant benefits for our customers and employees.”

About Allied Universal

Allied Universal is US provider of security systems and services, janitorial services, and staffing. The company was formed in 2016 by the merger of Universal Services of America, a Santa Ana, California-based security and janitorial services company, and Allied Barton Security Services, based in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. At the time of the merger, the combined company was reportedly the largest provider of security guards in the United States, with 140,000 trained officers between the two companies.

In October 2021, Allied Universal completed a $5.1 billion takeover of British security firm G4S, creating a combined company of 800,000 employees, with revenues of more than US$18 billion.

The company maintains two corporate headquarters, one in Santa Ana, California and the other in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.

Allied Universal, describes itself as “a leading security and facility services company and provides proactive security services and cutting-edge smart technology to deliver tailored, integrated security solutions that allow clients to focus on their core business.

“Through our vast global network of more than 800,000 employees, we leverage best practices in communities all over the world. With revenues at approximately $20 billion, we are supported by efficient processes and systems that can only come with scale to help deliver our promise locally: keeping people safe so our communities can thrive. We believe there is no greater purpose than serving and safeguarding customers, communities, and people in today’s world. Allied Universal is There for you.”

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