Potter Acquires Harrington Signal, 2 Other Life-Safety Brands

The leading supplier of life-safety products significantly expands its footprint as a full-line fire solutions provider.

St. Louis, MO — Potter Electric Signal Co. LLC of St. Louis has announced the acquisition of three leading product lines in the fire alarm industry: Harrington Fire Alarm, Evax Systems and CPG Signals. The lines – which were acquired from Harrington Signal Inc. of Moline, Ill. – strengthen Potter’s position as a leader in life-safety products, and broaden the range of products and services the firm has available to customers in order to meet all their fire protection needs. By incorporating the technologies of these products, Potter will expand its fire system and voice product lines.

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Harrington Signal Fire Alarm provides state-of-the-art fire alarm system products for a wide variety of vertical commercial and institutional markets. Product lines include conventional and addressable fire control panels, smoke detectors, annunciators, duct detectors and more. Evax has been a global leader in voice evacuation and mass notification systems for the past 20 years. Product lines include large head-end bulk amplifiers, distributed audio, small side-car voice evacuation systems, firefighter telephone systems and mass notification systems. CPG Signals’ products are recognized leaders in the commercial and industrial explosion-proof notification markets worldwide. Product lines include explosion proof speakers, strobes, horns and an array of other explosion proof signaling devices.

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“Of all the offers to purchase Evax we’ve had over the years, Potter is the only company whose principles line up with our own,” says Evax Systems President Peter Binkley. “With Potter, we are excited at the opportunity for Evax to continue to thrive as a part of an independent company that values customer relations and quality product. We see this as a great opportunity to expand our endeavors and move ahead without compromising our primary goal of producing the best audio in Fire Protection. Evax Systems will remain functionally intact as an operating unit and will continue to work with all of our partners to deliver audio for a wide array of applications.”

Says Dick Eisenlauer, president of Harrington Signal: “We at Harrington Signal look forward to the benefits that this acquisition will offer our customers. The corporate values established in the early 1900s by both Charles Potter and Fred Harrington continue to this day. Potter has demonstrated standards such as providing an excellent work environment and focusing on outstanding customer service; leaving us certain that our customers will be in good hands.”

Potter says it expects the transition of buying products from Harrington Signal and Evax to Potter to be relatively seamless. In a press release, the company said the excellent customer service staffs of Harrington Signal, Evax and Potter will be available to ensure that all new purchasing occurs without a glitch. The release added that the exceptional product and support, for which these three brands are well known, will be further enhanced by Potter’s unequaled customer service and tech support.

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“The acquisition of Harrington Fire, Evax and CPG is exactly what Potter needed to fill in the gaps in our product line,” says Dave Kosciuk, Potter Fire/Security Division executive vice president. “We have been continuously updating and moving our product line up market and this accommodates many of the requests from our dealer base as we add networking, smoke control and low and high rise voice to our product portfolio. We look forward to bolstering the relationships that have already been established and making them a part of the Potter customer family. Being the only independent manufacturer with a full line of fire alarm and voice system solutions, Potter looks forward to strengthening our footprint in the life-safety market and continuing to build on the successes we’ve had.”

Potter has been a major supplier of key fire and security products since 1898, when Charles E. Potter developed some of the industry’s first electronically coded signals for monitoring both burglar and fire alarm systems and their transmission to central monitoring stations.

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Scott Goldfine is the marketing director for Elite Interactive Solutions. He is the former editor-in-chief and associate publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He can be reached at [email protected].

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