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Armstrong’s monitoring expands through CML acquisition

Armstrong’s National Alarm Monitoring announced this week it has acquired the monitoring assets of Consolidated Monitoring Ltd. (CML Security), based in Edmonton, Alta.


March 14, 2019
By Neil Sutton
Neil Sutton
Gary Armstrong

CML is a wholesale monitoring company that has been in business for more than 25 years. CML is privately-owned and operates a ULC-approved monitoring station in Edmonton. According to Armstrong’s, all of CML’s monitoring station management and staff will become part of the Armstrong’s company. CML monitoring operations will also be rebranded under the Armstrong’s umbrella.

CML also operates a security services and installation division. That business was not part of the deal with Armstrong’s and will continue as an independent operation under the leadership of CML president Ed Pringle. “With the fast pace evolving world of alarm monitoring we were looking for a quality company that would help take our company into the next phase of monitoring services, and we have found this with Armstrong’s,” said Pringle in a prepared statement.

According to Armstrong’s, CML represents the company’s first major acquisition in more than a decade. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“This has been a great acquisition for us,” Gary Armstrong, president, Armstrong’s, told SP&T News, “[including] tens of thousands of accounts. We have known Ed for a long, long time. We have retained all of his employees…. They’re all very excited and they all signed on.”

Armstrong said that adding a property in Western Canada expands the company’s ability to offer service and technical support across all of Canada’s time zones.

The company operates three central stations in Dartmouth, N.S., Moncton, N.B. and now Edmonton. With the acquisition, Armstrong’s now serves approximately 175,000 accounts and 800 alarm dealers.