AvantGuard Unveils Plans to Erect a 3rd Central Station
The location of the redundant monitoring facility in Cedar City, Utah, was chosen due to its relative immunity to natural disasters.
OGDEN, Utah — AvantGuard Monitoring Centers is underway with plans to open a third central station facility, located in Cedar City, Utah.
Within the next two years the facility will become a complete part of AvantGuard’s redundancy infrastructure, allowing the company to scale with the rapid growth of its subscriber base, the company announced on its website.
AvantGuard, based here, says it will follow the same plan of attack it used when opening its Rexburg, Idaho, monitoring facility in 2013. Using a temporary office space, and a few operator seats, the management team will evaluate the workforce pool and slowly build a team, simultaneously establishing a permanent office location and implementing new system redundancies, according to the announcement.
“We are going to test the waters before jumping in with both feet,” says AvantGuard President Justin Bailey. “Working in small college towns provides its own challenges, but we love working with the local universities and the students who are looking for part-time work.”
In addition to primarily hiring college students to fill operator positions, the Utah workforce has a high portion of bilingual people. About 30% of AvantGuard operators are bilingual, helping serve an increasingly diverse customer base, the company states.
“We love operating in small college towns and that had a big influence on why we chose Cedar City to be the new home of an AvantGuard central station,” Bailey says. “Our operator positions are primarily held by college students working through their degrees, and this new location positions us to enforce the hiring model that has proven to be very effective for us thus far.”
AvantGuard says its two existing locations are each capable of handling the company’s entire signal load in the event one were to lose functionality. The company says the addition of a third location positions it to continue offering that promise to customers.
AvantGuard says it selected an additional Utah location due to its relative immunity to natural disasters. Coastal cities, especially in the Southeast United States, have a high chance of being hit by hurricanes, flooding and other calamities. Utah, on the other hand, has never encountered any of these issues, according to the announcement.
Although the third AvantGuard location will be in the same state as the corporate office, it will be nearly 300 miles away, making it geographically distinct and immune to any issues that might affect either of the other two locations, according to the announcement.
“We’re very excited to offer additional resources and technology to our customers, and the addition of a third central station is yet another testament to our ability to provide exceptional products and services,” Bailey says.
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