Mountain Alarm Acquires to Increase Presence in Northern Nevada

The acquired CEI Alarm in Reno, Nev., is a full-service installing security contractor with more than a dozen team members.

OGDEN, Utah — Mountain Alarm, based here, has acquired CEI Alarm in Reno, Nev., for undisclosed terms.

The addition of CEI Alarm comes three months since Mountain Alarm’s acquisition of the largest alarm company in Reno, Burgarello Alarm.  This is the company’s seventh acquisition in the past two years.

CEI Alarm, founded by Dave Sinclair in 1991, is a full-service installing security contractor with more than a dozen team members and over 2,000 monitored customers in Northern Nevada.

“[Mountain Alarm President and CEO Eric Garner] and I became friends over the past year. We have talked at length about business management and the alarm industry,” Sinclair says. “Eric has an entrepreneurial spirit that reminds me of myself growing my business over the last 29 years. I’m excited for the opportunities this merger will provide for my team and what Mountain Alarm will provide to the community. I selected Mountain Alarm to buy my business because they are a family business and their passion for customer service is apparent.”

Along with its home base in Reno, CEI Alarm services clientele in Sparks, Carson City, Lake Tahoe, Fallon, Gardnerville and surrounding areas.

“Early in our discussions I recognized Dave’s passion for the Reno community, he has developed strong relationships with the business leaders of Reno,” Garners says. “Dave has a strong desire to help other entrepreneurs succeed. CEI Alarm has deep roots in the community and an excellent reputation. I’m grateful we found each other and that he chose us to take care of his team and customers.”

Established in 1952, Mountain Alarm is a third-generation family business with more than 300 team members and over 50,000 monitored customers. The company has 14 offices serving Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, and remains focused on growing organically and through acquisition in the Intermountain West.

In March, Rod Garner, Eric’s father, who formerly served as president and CEO of the company, was posthumously inducted into the SSI Industry Hall of Fame.

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