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Allied Universal Purchases South Carolina-Based American Security

Allied Universal says American Security will complement the services it currently provides and give the company a stronger presence in the Southeast part of the U.S.

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Allied Universal announces the acquisition of American Security, a security provider based out of the Southeast region of the United States.

Founded in 1975 by retired South Carolina Highway Patrol Sergeant Henry Harrison, the company has more than 1,200 employees and serves a seven-state area that includes Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Though it comprises mostly security professionals, the company provides a range of security services, Allied says.

“I’m pleased to welcome American Security to the Allied Universal team. 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,” says Steve Jones, global chairman & CEO of Allied Universal. “American Security will complement the services we currently provide and give Allied Universal a stronger presence in the Southeast part of the United States.”

“This is a momentous day for American Security,” says 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.”

Jones adds, “I am also excited that several members of the American Security management team will join Allied Universal to coordinate a seamless transition.”

The deal marks the second in May for Allied following its acquisition of Honolulu-based Star Protection Agency at the beginning of the month.

In April, Allied acquired Attenti Group, a leading global electronic monitoring company. The company integrated Attenti Group with G4S Monitoring Technologies to create Allied Universal Electronic Monitoring Services.