Protection One Reorganizes, Lays Off More than 200 Workers in Texas


Security company Protection One has laid off 271 workers at its Irving monitoring center, and is working on plans to move a subsidiary’s Addison operation to the Irving facility. The company eliminated the Texas jobs to consolidate its monitoring activities, said spokesperson Robin Lampe.

“We’re just doing a little bit of switching around,” she said. “We just folded those fewer accounts into our largest center.”

About 270,000 customers around the United States whose security alarms had been tracked from Irving will be served from centers in Wichita, Kan., and Portland, Maine. In December 2001, the company announced that it was now monitoring all of its domestic accounts from its enhanced and newly expanded monitoring facility in Wichita, Kan. The Portland, Main, facility was also being prepared to handle additional responsibilities.

A small number of North Texas workers will get the chance to relocate to Wichita, but most employees will get their last paychecks in mid-February, Lampe said. They’ll receive severance benefits after that.

Pro One’s 53,750-square-foot, two-story building in Irving will be used by subsidiary Network Multifamily, the nation’s oldest and largest provider of alarm monitoring amenities to the multiple-dwelling unit (MDU) market. It serves about 300,000 apartments and condiminiums in 43 states. Its monitoring and administrative offices—about 125 employees—will move from Addison sometime this quarter.

Pro One’s legal department and some other administrative employees will remain in Irving.

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