May 11, 1995 in Nation/World

Security Center Northwest Split Up, Sold To Two Buyers Statewide Security, American Protective Services Acquire Portions Of Local Company

Grayden Jones Staff writer

Security Center Northwest, a 101-year-old Spokane guard and alarm system provider, has been split and sold to the man who handles Microsoft Corp. security and a national chain.

The deal, which was struck three weeks ago, affects about 80 people who worked for Security Center, one of the largest security companies in Spokane.

Jim O’Donnell, owner of Redmond, Wash.based Statewide Security, acquired Security’s alarm division from owner Kaz Ross for an undisclosed amount. The division has been renamed Statewide.

“Our plan calls for acquiring other companies,” O’Donnell said Wednesday. “We’ve got a $2 million backlog in business, and I’m positive this business is going to grow.”

The part of the company acquired by Statewide, which provides security to Microsoft, Fred Meyer and others, employed 11 people. O’Donnell said he plans to increase Spokane employment to 20 people during the next year and invest $150,000 in a new West Coast central station.

The high-security station will monitor alarm systems for nearly 2,000 customers in California and the Pacific Northwest. The station will act as a clearinghouse for processing fire and burglar alarms, and monitoring unusual climatic changes that can affect office computers or refrigerated inventory.

O’Donnell, a former California law enforcement officer, said he chose Spokane for the new station because it is less likely to suffer an earthquake, which can shut down sensitive monitors. A site for the center has not been selected.

In a separate deal, American Protective Services bought Security Center’s guard and patrol division and merged it into American Protective’s Valley office. The company is based in Oakland, Calif., and is one of the nation’s largest chains of security guards.

About 65 guards were transferred to American Protective, making it the largest patrol company in the city, said security director Kevin Boles.

American Protective and Statewide Security are moving out of the Security Center building, 726 N. Monroe, because it has been sold to a Seattle developer. Ross, however, would not confirm the sale of the three-story building.

Ross said she sold Security Center to retire. Founded in 1884, the company originally was called the Spokane Merchant Police. Later, it became Metropolitan Security Police and Central Alarm.

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