SentryNet to Move Its Miss. Monitoring Operations to Memphis
GREENVILLE, Miss. — SentryNet, a provider of wholesale monitoring services, announced today it will shutter its facility here and move its operations to Memphis, Tenn. The Greenville, Miss., facility will close by April 1, 2012.
In a press release, Michael Joseph, vice president of operations, says the company decided it would have a better opportunity to find the best people and infrastructure support in a larger city such as Memphis.
“We did not make this decision on a whim, but after much analysis, planning and debate we felt that this was a necessity if we are going to continue to thrive and grow within our industry,” he says.
SentryNet has been headquartered in Greenville for 25 years. The move to Memphis will provide the company’s nationwide customers a more centralized location with easy access by air flight or car.
“We want our new facility to be a centerpiece for industry, associations and manufacturers, and we are building a beautiful training facility inside that we will make available to our industry for centralized training,” Joseph says.
Ikie Lloyd, vice president, added: “This is not a move that we wanted to make. Greenville has been my home for 55 years, but in order to compete, I recognize that we must position ourselves for growth, and it is very hard to do where we are.”
Lloyd said the company is making inroads into Canadian markets, as well as expanding into Central and Latin America. Therefore, the company will need Spanish-, French- and Portuguese-speaking employees.
“Our local market doesn’t have the talent pool we need. We have some of the best employees and we are very sorry to disrupt their lives, but in order for our business to survive, we must make changes,” Lloyd says.
Any employee who wants to move with the company will have a job waiting for them in Memphis, says David Avritt, president and owner of SentryNet. “Change is never easy. We have great employees. Our employees have been wonderful to us and we want to make this transition as smooth as possible for them.”
SentryNet staffs 65 employees in its Greenville operations. The company says it plans to hire 115 employees in the Memphis office by December 2012.
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