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Protex Central Featured In On-Line Article on Mass Notification Systems November 20, 2012

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Protex Central, Inc. is featured in the November 20, 2012 on-line edition of Today’s Systems Integrator. The article focuses on Protex Central’s continuing efforts to promote various Emergency Communications Systems (also referred to as Mass Notification Systems – MNS) solutions to it customer base as well as specific vertical markets.

Read the article by clicking here.

To learn more about Protex Central’s Emergency Communication Systems offerings and to download a White Paper on the subject, please click here.

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.

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.

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.

Open Letter to Iowa House Commerce Commitee February 18, 2012

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The following letter was sent to the Iowa House of Representatives Commerce Committee in opposition to HB 2035.

Representative Sodeberg and sub-committee members:

Please know that I, as a registered Iowa contractor and an Iowa State Fire Marshal certified contractor for fire alarm, fire suppression, security and nurse call systems,  am opposed to HF 2035 requiring contractors such as myself to post a surety bond.

Requiring a surety bond is unnecessary and, frankly, another attempt for government to interfere with private agreements between contractors and owners.  In fact, many owners both public and private already require surety bonds to be posted as a part of the contract.

Iowa State Fire Marshal certified contractors must currently submit an acceptable certificate of insurance along with other industry related credentials to qualify for a contractor’s certification.  The surety bond provides absolutely no additional benefit to the citizens of Iowa that the contractor is more qualified and capable of performing his or her work.

Such a requirement further penalizes the fire systems contractor by requiring yet another expense to be met with no benefit to either the contractor or the public.

I have served the citizens of Iowa as an industry representative to the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Fire System Contractors Advisory Board for six years now.  I am very familiar with the current regulations imposed by law on such contractors as I have been part of the process from the beginning.   This surety bond requirement is unnecessary and bad public policy.

I encourage you to not allow this bill to come before your full committee for a vote.

Sub-committee members and their respective e-mail addresses are:

Representative Chuck Soderberg (committee chair): chuck.soderberg@legis.state.ia.us
Representative Jeff Smith: Jeff.Smith@legis.state.ia.us
Representative Chip Baltimore: Chip.Baltimore@legis.state.ia.us
Representative Brian Quirk: brian.quirk@legis.state.ia.us

SDM Magazine Features Protex Central and Technician Travis Brandt December 23, 2011

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Protex Central and its Des Moines based technician, Travis Brandt, are featured in the December 2011 issue of Security Distribution and Marketing.

Protex technician Travis Brandt tests a customer's fire alarm and sprinkler monitoring system.

“Fire Sprinkler Monitoring: Know the Code” is an article by Linda Pohle highlighting the opportunities to monitoring fire sprinkler systems in buildings.

The article features several comments from Protex Central’s President and Chief Energy Officer, Shawn Mullen, as well as a photograph of Travis Brandt, a Protex Central technician based in its Des Moines, Iowa office.

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Iowa Alarm Assn Meeting Is Nov 17th November 14, 2011

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The Iowa Alarm Association’s next meeting will take place on November 17, 2011 at Smokey D’s BBQ Restaurant just north of I-80/35 off of 2nd Ave.  in Des Moines beginning at 6:00 p.m.

President Ron Heldt has announced the following topics to be covered at the meeting:

1.    Details on the Cedar Rapids tradeshow scheduled for February 2012
2.    IAA election of officers for 2012

Persons and companies involved with security, life safety and low-voltage systems are encouraged and welcome to attend.  If possible, please RSVP to Ron Heldt at ADT Security Systems.