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Protex Central Presents to Hawkeye State Fire Safety November 1, 2012

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Protex Central recently presented to annual meeting of the Hawkeye State Fire Safety Association at the new Fire Department in Ankeny, Iowa. The gathering of over 100 building, fire and code officials from across Iowa featured education sessions on a variety of current topics including the latest revisions to the International Building Code and International Fire Code.

Protex Central presented a noontime review of recent changes in agent design concentrations featured in the 2011 edition of NFPA 2001 Standard on Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems. Shawn Mullen, President and Chief Energy Officer at Protex Central, delivered the presentation and fielded questions from the attendees.

For more information about the Hawkeye State Fire Safety Association click here.

Lund Fire Protection Appointed As Waukee Plan Reviewer September 30, 2012

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The City of Waukee, Iowa has appointed Lund Fire Protection of Norwalk, Iowa as the third party plan reviewer.  According to the official announcement from Cory Pergande, of the Waukee Fire Department, “starting September 24th, 2012 all new construction projects inolving a fire protection system (e.g. fire alarm, Type I hood extinguishing systems, fire pumps, sprinkler, standpipe and clean agent systems) submittals must be submitted to our third party reviewer.”

The announcement further indicates “questions about code interpretations should still be directed to Cory Pergande at the Waukee Fire department for consideration, our third-party reviewer only reviews plans to the extent of the applicable codes and standards and does not approve any alternative designs.  Submittal approval, disapproval, and the granting of permits to start work must still be obtained for the City of Waukee.”

In addition to Lund Fire Protection, owner Jonathan Lund, currently serves as President of the Hawkeye State Fire Inspectors Association.

For additional information about this new process, contact Cory Pergrande at the Waukee, Iowa Fire Department or via e-mail at:  cpergande@waukee.org.

SecurityXchange Gathering Brings Focus on Solutions August 13, 2012

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The SecurityXchange Conference serves leading integrators, end users and consultants who are seeking solutions for their upcoming projects. They identify innovative solution providers for executives of these large organizations to save them time building strategic relationships.

The meeting is a two day event held at the Deer Lodge Resort in Park City, UT bringing together over 100 of the top executives from manufacturers, integrators, consultants and end-users in the security industry from around the country.

Protex Central will be represented by it’s President and Chief Energy Officer, Shawn Mullen.

The meetings start on August 13th and conclude on Wednesday, August 15th.

Popular Clean and Green Demos Set for July 25th and 26th July 18, 2012

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Protex Central’s popular Clean and Green Fire Suppression Demonstrations dates are set for Wednesday, July 25th in our Urbandale, Iowa  offices and Thursday, July 26th in our newly relocated Omaha, Nebraska offices.
If you’ve never experienced a clean agent fire suppression event, here’s your chance.
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Protex Central Earns A+ BBB Rating July 6, 2012

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Protex Central has earned a Better Business Bureau A+ rating for customer complaint resolution.

According to the recently released BBB report, Protex Central “meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB Accredited Businesses pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.”

Additionally, the report notes “BBB accreditation does not mean that the business’ products or services have been evaluated or endorsed by BBB, or that BBB has made a determination as to the business’ product quality or competency in performing services.”

The Better Business Bureau has not recorded a single customer complaint for Protex Central in the last three years.  Protex Central has been a member of the BBB since 1999.

In announcing the report, Shawn Mullen, President and Chief Energy Officer, commented that “we are pleased to be recognized by the BBB for our commitment to customer satisfaction.  We believe it’s the cornerstone of our core purpose to strengthen our business by protecting yours.”

A copy of the report is available by clicking here.

$40K Electrical Fire At Iowa State University Extinguished with Hand-Held Extingusher June 30, 2012

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According to press reports, an early morning fire at the Metals Building on Iowa State University campus on Friday, June 29, 2012, was extinguished with a hand-held extinguisher.

Iowa State University Metals BuildingThe Ames Tribune states no injuries have been reported in a fire that damaged electrical equipment at Iowa State University in Ames. http://bit.ly/N2Ekeq The Ames Tribune reports that firetrucks were sent to the university’s Metals Development Building at 8 a.m. Friday. Heavy smoke was pouring from a room on the second floor. Firefighters used an extinguisher to put out the flames.

Ames Fire Department Capt. Rich Higgins says the fire damaged only electrical equipment. The fire cause is being investigated.

Protex Central provides clean agent fire suppression systems featuring NOVEC 1230 Fire Protection Fluid by 3M to automatically protect hazards such as electrical rooms.

Visit www.protexcentral.com to learn more about NOVEC 1230 Fire Protection Fluid by 3M and other clean agent fire suppression alternatives.

Fire System Contractors Advisory Board To Meet February 20, 2013 June 8, 2012

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The Iowa State Fire Marshal’s office has announced  that a Fire Extinguishing System Contractors and Alarm Systems Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, 2013 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the ICN Room #122 at the Public Safety Building – 215 East 7th Street in Des Moines.

The proposed agenda includes:

  • Call to Order – Chairperson Hoover
  •  Introduction of New Licensing Clerk, Jeannie Shepherd
  •  Approve February 1, 2012 Meeting Minutes
  •  Continuing Education for the Fire Protection Installer & Maintenance Worker Licensing
  •  Licensing Endorsements for the Fire Protection Installer & Maintenance Worker for Pre-engineered kitchen and Pre-engineered industrial
  •  Jonathan Lund, City of Des Moines Fire Department

 a)    Underground piping for sprinkler systems

 b)   Fire alarm installation as it relates to electricians

 c)    Residential 13D systems

  •  Presentation on The Compliance Engine – Ray Reynolds
  •  Public Comment
  •  Other Business


For information about the Board or to contact the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office, call 515-725-6156 or visit the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Web Site.

Protex Central Launches New Website May 5, 2012

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Protex Central, Inc., a SDM Top 100 Systems Integrator and SAMMY award finalist announces the launch of its new redesigned website at www.protexcentral.com.

Working closely with John Hardy of Hardy Communications and David Sutter of the ICreative Group, Protex Central has re-branded its on-line presence with a bold and informative web design. Drawing on the collective web crafting experience of the Hardy/ICreative team, Protex Central’s new site is becoming a destination site for industries and individuals to learn about the solutions-based approach that Protex Central offers to the marketplace.

Featuring industry segmentation pages and solution highlights as well as Protex Central’s new re-branded logo, www.protexcentral.com seeks to educate and inform users on the unique benefits that Protex Central offers.

Shawn Mullen, President and Chief Energy Officer at Protex Central commented, “we’re very pleased with the overall direction of our new website and the re-branding of our corporate image.  We’ll leverage our web presence with a renewed focus on solutions-oriented offerings to move us to the next level and beyond.”

Protex Central Named Sammy Installer Award Finalist March 10, 2012

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Protex Central, Inc. has been named a 17th annual SAMMY (Sales and Marketing) Award finalist for Installer Of The Year in the small to midsize company category by Security Sales and Integration magazine.  The SAMMY Awards is the industry’s only program of its kind to recognize and honor installing security dealers and integrators for their marketing, business, installation and overall excellence.

Shawn Mullen, President & Chief Energy Officer of Protex Central, noted, “We’re thrilled to be honored with this nomination.  Our team is focused on the next level of professionalism and excellence for our customers’ benefit. Our envisioned future includes measuring ourselves against key industry standards.  This nomination is validation of our vision.”

Security Sales and Integration will announce the winners at an open awards ceremony in Las Vegas on March 27 — the eve of opening day at ISC West. ISC West is one of the premier security and systems integration industry gatherings.  The event will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Casanova Conference Room 502 at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.  All are encouraged to attend.

Mullen will attend the ceremony along with other Protex Central management representatives including, Chairman of the Board, Dennis Mullen; Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Brad Reiber; and Sr. Vice President – Operations, Scott Miner.

Industry Gathers for FSSA 30th Annual Forum February 28, 2012

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Over 150 industry leaders have gathered for the 30th Fire Suppression Systems Association Annual Forum in Rancho Mirage, CA.

A variety of topics ranging from economic outlooks to water mist fire suppression have engaged the attendees. The hot topic of fire protection challenges associated with hot aisle/cold aisle containment systems was reviewed by Steve Carter of Orr Protection Systems.   It’s clear from the discussion generated that this topic continues to be one that FSSA is leading the way on.

Steven Turner with Turner Time Management demonstrated the myriad ways of improving productivity with tips and shortcuts available for smartphones and laptops.

Factory Mutual engineering specialist, Matt Daelhouse, provided an overview of water mist fire suppression systems from Factory Mutual’s perspective.  He provided details on the various types of water mist suppression systems that FM Global tests as well as the testing methods employed.  He further explained the future testing that take place for other types of hazards to be protected with water mist.

The 30th Annual Forum concludes today with morning sessions devoted to topics of interest for the two divisions represented in the association:  Installers and Manufacturers.

To learn more about FSSA, visit www.fssa.net