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American Alarm Expands Into Connecticut With Monitor Controls Buy

American Alarm and Communications has completed the acquisition of Monitor Controls of Wallingford, Conn., a security systems provider serving 1,800 customers, both residential and commercial, primarily in Connecticut. 

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.  

The acquisition establishes Arlington, Mass.-based American Alarm’s first branch in Connecticut. The company serves clientele throughout New England, including homeowners and businesses of all sizes and industry sectors. 

“We look forward to building upon the strong foundation the Yusza family and their team created at Monitor Controls,” said Wells Sampson, president and co-owner of American Alarm. “Working together, we will bring greater resources and a new generation of security services and technologies to customers across Connecticut.” 

Monitor Controls was established in 1970 by John Yusza Jr. and his late wife Patricia. The company remained family-owned and operated by Yusza and his children, John W. Yusza, III and Deborah J. Sokol, until this acquisition. The former owners and all Monitor Controls employees remain on the team as American Alarm employees following the acquisition, working from the Wallingford branch. 

“Our mission at Monitor Controls Inc. has always been to do our best for our clients,” John Yusza Jr., wrote in a letter to customers announcing the acquisition. “After considerable thought, we knew the time had come to add the many resources we needed to keep serving clients at the levels they deserve. That’s why American Alarm is the right partner for our future.” 

Alarm system monitoring for Monitor Controls customer locations has been transferred to American Alarm’s company-owned and operated UL-listed and TMA Five Diamond-certified monitoring center located in Arlington. Tom Fales Jr., a regional operations manager who has led American Alarm’s Central Massachusetts branch for several years, will now oversee day-to-day operations at Monitor Controls. 

“Providing the highest levels of security and life-safety systems today requires a certain scale of operations, tempered by a personal focus on every customer,” said Louis Sampson, CFO and co-owner at American Alarm. “As we grow strategically in New England, we know that as family business, our mission is to protect families and businesses in the communities we serve.”

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