Norment Acquires Engineered Control Systems

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Detention equipment contractor Norment Security Group continued its recent strategy for expanding market presence with the acquisition of security and life safety electronics manufacturer and integrator Engineered Control Systems.
Although the terms of the deal were not disclosed, the acquisition of Engineered Control Systems enhances Norment’s product offerings and market presence, particularly in fire alarm systems segment of the market.
A Gores Group company founded in 1952, Norment Security Group offers detention equipment new-installation, retrofit and upgrade services, long-term maintenance agreements and integrated electronic security systems packages.
“The correctional industry is a significant component of Federal, State and County government spending,” says Greg Ergenbright, president and CEO of Norment. “We anticipate that there will be a demand for new correctional facilities and aging facilities will require renovations and updates to remain operational and safe.”
Based in Spokane, Wash., and founded in 1995, Engineered Control Systems designs, engineers, installs and maintains security and fire alarm systems that integrate third-party hardware products.
“We routinely look for strategic acquisition opportunities to improve the competitiveness of our portfolio companies,” says Tim Meyer, Gores Group managing director. “The combination of Norment and ECS will create a more strategic and compelling correctional security competitor.”
As reported in Correctional News (Sept./Oct. 2009), Norment expanded its maintenance services operations recently with the acquisition of Imperial Systems Inc.
Headquartered in Millbrook, Ala., Imperial provides electronic security system design, configuration, installation, repair and maintenance services. The company also provides preventative system maintenance services out of Montgomery.