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April 02, 2018

LVC Celebrates April Anniversaries!

​Ian Page                         April 25 | 13 years
Darrin Sabinske           April 8 | 5 years
Ron Padelford              April 8 | 5 years
Chris Kantorowicz       April 7 | 4 years
Ken Roberts                  April 13 | 3 years
Adam Wagner              April 27 | 3 years
Diane Eiden                  April 27 | 3 years
Jeff Goettig                   April 4 | 2 years
Jon Mark                      April 4 | 2 years
Joe McFadden             April 11 | 2 years
Larry Gilbert               April 11 | 2 years
Jake Severson             April 18 | 2 years
Jake Kaiser                  April 25 | 2 years
John Maurer               April 3 | 1 year
Martin Nelson            April 14 | 1 year
Tony Richard              April 3 | 1 year

March 23, 2018

LVC Companies Earns Governor’s Safety Award

Minneapolis, MN – LVC Companies will be recognized for excellence in workplace safety and health at the Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon on May 10 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. LVC Companies is one of 279 employers to be honored through the awards program, coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council.

“Congratulations to LVC for helping to make life safer inside their organization and beyond,” said Paul Aasen, president of the Minnesota Safety Council. “Safety may start at work but it extends to the roads and to home, and we are all safer due to the good work by LVC.

Since 1934, the annual Governor’s Safety Awards program has honored Minnesota employers with exceptional safety performance. Applicants are judged on several years of injury data as it compares with their industry’s national statistics, and on their progress in implementing a comprehensive safety program. Winners are recognized at three levels:

  • Meritorious Achievement (182 winners): Incidence rates that are better than the industry average for at least three years, and a score between SO and 74 on a 100-point safety program evaluation scale.
  • Outstanding Achievement (59 winners): Continuing improvement and/or a continuing outstanding record with incident rates that are 51%-90% better than the industry average, and a score between 75 and 90 on the safety program evaluation scale.
  • Award of Honor (38 winners): Incidence rates at least 91% better than the industry average, and a score between 91 and 100 on the safety program evaluation scale.

The Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon is part of the 84th annual Minnesota Safety & Health Conference, coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council. The conference is the oldest and largest gathering of workplace safety and health professionals in the region. The Minnesota Safety Council, founded in 1928, is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Minnesota  by preventing  unintentional injuries (‘accidents’).

March 23, 2018

LVC Companies Named 2017 ANSUL Double Diamond Distributor

LVC Companies of Minneapolis, MN has received the honor of being named an ANSUL “Double Diamond” Distributor as part of the ANSUL Alliance Rewards Program. This level of distinction is a testament to the hard work put forth by the organization over the past year.

Diamond Distributor distinction is based on achieving measurable goals established by Johnson Controls, Inc. At this time, less than 20% of ANSUL distributors have achieved Diamond status. Companies that meet this milestone must earn that partnership each year through sales performance.

“Reaching Diamond Distributor status is not easy and we’re proud to recognize and reward our top producing ANSUL distributors for achieving this goal,” explained Rick Foster, U.S. Sales Director, Special Hazard Products.

There are three Diamond levels for a distributor to achieve- Single, Double and Triple. Each recipient receives premium website position on ansul.com, a recognition award, and can choose from a variety of rewards including promotional merchandise, co-op advertising, free training, sales event support, and more.

March 01, 2018

LVC Employees Celebrating March Anniversaries!

 

Rachel Mantalica       March 2| 3 years

Andy Hoertsch           March 8| 19 years

Wendy Patrick           March 10| 21 years

Dave Johannsen        March 13| 12 years

Scott Scheffer             March 21| 2 years

Matt Gingerich          March 22| 19 years

Jeff Nelson                 March 26| 10 years

Bill Monse                  March 27| 1 year

Cecil Cochran            March 27| 1 year

Jesse Kovatovich      March 27| 1 year

Joel Pederson           March 27| 1 year

Dave Bieniek            March 31| 10 years

February 06, 2018

LVC’s own Keith Kranz tackles Q&A on Access Control: Advice About Top Verticals with SDM Magazine

 

Access Control: Advice About Top Verticals

Security integrators share which vertical markets are producing access control work for them and why, plus tips on working effectively with these clients.

January 15, 2018

Karyn Hodgson

KEYWORDS security dealers /security integrators / security systems

 

The vertical markets that security integrators work in can vary widely. Some integrators choose to focus on a few, often highly specialized types of customer; while others work with almost any vertical, but may narrow their focus by vendor or types of technology they specialize in. Regardless of which approach you take, there are lessons to be learned from some of the trends integrators are seeing and the technologies they are employing in their top verticals.

For example, Joe Liguori, partner, Access Control Technologies Inc., Clifton, N.J., says finance/banking has been a long-term stable vertical for his company. Healthcare, however, has emerged in recent years and is growing by “leaps and bounds,” he describes. “There have been a lot of acquisitions and consolidation in that space. A lot of hospitals we present to today are gigantic, whereas four or five years ago they were just large.” Liguori also points to higher education as the third in his “top three” verticals list.

Healthcare (government-based) and education also feature in the list for Minneapolis-based LVC Companies, says Keith Kranz, sales manager. “Within the last five years we have seen more of the government sector than in the past,” he says. “It is an increasingly bigger percentage of our work as regulations are being required more and more.” Commercial or corporate is another prominent vertical for LVC.

Care Security Systems, New York, also puts healthcare in their top three, along with enterprise-level critical infrastructure and global manufacturing, according to CEO Renee Schwab. “Critical infrastructure demands a very high standard — there is absolutely no room for mistakes,” she says.

SDM spoke with these three prominent security integrators to get further input on trends, drivers and technology in access control, as well as advice for others.


Joe Liguori

Keith Kranz

Renee Schwab

 

SDM: What is motivating your top vertical market customers to purchase or upgrade their access control right now?

Liguori: Banking and finance corporate customers are highly motivated by regulatory compliance, and protection of large corporate premises and intellectual property. There has been a shift from physical to cyber and intellectual access control. There is a lot of corporate exposure with large buildings and more concern about access to those buildings.

Healthcare is a little bit different. Healthcare is driven by HIPAA and those regulations. There is significant concern with controlling the outside population, especially in terms of angry patients or visitors.

Higher education is most concerned about their students and mobility. Their biggest thing is active shooters and how they lock down facilities in the event that occurs.

Schwab: Cyber and terrorist threats are by far the top items for our customers.

Kranz: Government and schools are driven by the need for accountability of who is going where because of information that is provided or that they are protecting.

As far as commercial, as pricing is coming down all these tenants are being issued credentials by the building management to get in and they don’t want to then use keys to get into a suite. Access is expanding inward. They are on their own system, but using the same credential.

 

SDM: What have you done with your vertical customers as well as in your own company regarding cyber security?

Liguori: We are trying to understand and learn a bit more about what cyber security means. Consulting with experts and meeting not only with physical security but also the IT side of organizations to understand how they manage content and what concerns they have. Things have also changed in terms of how they provide access to data centers. Years ago we had control of the servers that supported the access control system. That has gone away. Now it is virtual in the IT centers and we have almost no access to them. Any time there is a problem we have to call someone. Internally, we have talked to people that specialize in it and expect that in two to three years we will have a cyber department, if you will.

Kranz: We are choosing to be involved with cyber. As a security contractor we will never be cyber security experts, but we don’t want to add to their concerns. Being able to say ‘these are steps we take’ to protect them from cyber security breaches gives us a little bit of an advantage.

We also have companies we partner with that offer cyber plans and assessments. We offer that service to our customers. Vertical market-wise, I would say the commercial customer is most interested right now. Government is more likely to have their own. But in the government space, knowing that we take it seriously helps us as well.

SDM: What technologies are proving popular in your top verticals?

Kranz: In general we are seeing more of the all-in-one locks. They are quick to install and far less expensive than having them be separated. We have seen some electronic locks with colleges and universities where we are putting electrified locks on every door. In government there is a lot of just maintaining privacy and data closets. The same goes for schools. Any place where there is a network switch access is far stricter.

Liguori: Our verticals are all technology-driven. They are constantly looking to us to keep them abreast of what is going on. In healthcare there is the challenge between heightened security and maintaining an open environment.

In higher education we have talked about the wireless credential with all the facilities and some are using it on a limited basis. Surprisingly we are seeing turnstiles and requests for metal detection there as well. Students can’t be frisked or searched and there is a concern [about] what they are bringing in. This is for specific buildings that have high notoriety, such as libraries where people come in for a long period of time. Banking is more revenue-driven. There it is more about card access and video integration. They tend to be more conventional than the others, but they are upgrading to new Bluetooth readers.

 

SDM: What lessons have you learned that might help other security integrators in these or other verticals?

Schwab: One of the big lessons we’ve learned is dedicating teams to learn the verticals. It’s not easy to master all the ins and outs of a new industry, and we have a big advantage on new projects when we have worked with similar organizations in the same verticals. Also, paperwork; being successful in these verticals really requires being able to manage the requirements and the paperwork.

Kranz: For government especially it is learning to read the contracts and understanding that without proper documentation you are not getting paid. The biggest lesson we learned the first couple times working in a commercial site was understanding that the customers don’t know. They are relying on someone else to tell them what to do. Most people we work with today have an IT background. Security for them is, ‘You are going on my network.’ You are playing in their realm or on their network, so it is important to provide them the information they require.

Liguori: What we typically do is when a customer indicates a specific request or wants to go in a direction we are not familiar with, we research it and we engage in a pilot on site. We get a feel for the environment. It is a learning process. When we finally get to the point where the client decides that is the direction they want to go, then we understand what our roles are, what the manufacturer has to provide and any fulfillment issues there will be to meet the needs of the customer.

The devil is in the details. You can never ask enough questions or do enough research. You always find something you weren’t aware of. So be prepared.

For example, one particular story comes to mind. Two years ago a banking customer wanted our company to move its access control host and redundant server from New York to New Jersey over the Fourth of July with almost no notice. They told us on July 1. When we started to detail the difficulty, along with our concern about lack of planning, this customer turned to me and said, ‘Anyone can hang a reader on the wall. I keep you guys because you come through when I need you.’ We got it done and they are still a client. I’ll never forget it.

February 01, 2018

LVC Employees Celebrating February Work Anniversaries

Congratulations LVC Companies employees celebrating work anniversaries in the month of February – you are what makes LVC great!

Billy Unger Feb 7 | 1 year
Reggie Ducote Feb 9 | 1 year
Mike Bobinsky Feb 11 | 10 years
Teddy Lundgren Feb 20 | 1 year
Zach Delsman Feb 23 | 3 years
Mike Kellner Feb 24 | 26 years
Chris Wrobel Feb 28 | 6 years
Keith Kranz Feb 28 | 13 years

January 09, 2018

January Work Anniversaries

Congratulations LVC Companies employees celebrating work anniversaries in January – you are what makes LVC great!

Erika Feeney –  Jan 1 | 6 years
Mike Botten –   Jan 3 | 1 year
Pete Jensen –   Jan 5 | 3 years
Lisa Vorwald – Jan 6 | 2 years
Brandon Lewis –   Jan 11 | 2 years
Ryan Westberg –  Jan 13 | 15 years
Chad Newberg – Jan 14 | 10 years
Mark Snodgrass –  Jan 26 | 3 years
Tom Hausladen  – Jan 28 | 20 years
Jennifer Robison –  Jan 30 | 1 year
Simon Ferriere – Jan 30 | 1 year

December 18, 2017

Congratulations Martin Nelson

LVC Companies sends our congratulations to Martin Nelson. Sprinkler Fitters Local 417  Business Manager Trinidad J. Uribe III presented Apprentice Martin Nelson with a United Association ring and Letter for his outstanding performance and participation at the International Apprenticeship Competition in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He represented Sprinkler Fitters Local 417 with class and distinction.

 

November 07, 2017

Congratulations to our employees who are celebrating work anniversaries in November.

Congratulations to our employees who are celebrating work anniversaries in November. We appreciate all you do to make LVC a great company!

NOVEMBER

Cesar Mariscal            Nov 1 | 7 years
Tyler Allgood               Nov 3 | 3 years
Chad Christenson       Nov 5 | 10 years
Isaac Ferderer             Nov 8 | 1 year
Scott Bahr                   Nov 10 | 3 years
Brian Gould                 Nov 13 | 11 years
Tony Morris                 Nov 13 | 2 years
Bob Hoertsch              Nov 14 | 30 years
Ron Gysbers               Nov 14 | 6 years
Brian Madsen              Nov 24 | 20 years
Dave Steiner               Nov 30 | 12 years

October 19, 2017

LVC’s John Fabian Shares Fire Alarm Basics for Volunteer Fire Department

John Fabian of  LVC Companies was part of a MN Automatic Fire Alarm Association training about fire alarm system basics for a local Volunteer fire department.  They discussed topics like the importance of fire alarm systems, different types of fire alarm systems and basic system components.  October Is National Fire Prevention Month. 

October 11, 2017

LVC Employees Cook for Kids at the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis

Last night these LVC Companies employees and their family members worked together preparing and serving dinner for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis as part of the Cooks For Kids program. #teamwork #community

October 06, 2017

LVC CEO Bob Hoertsch Announces Retirement

MINNEAPOLIS, October 6, 2017 – Following a distinguished career of 30 years with the company, Chief Executive Officer Bob Hoertsch announced that he will be retiring at the end of this year. Bob began his career with LVC in 1987, was named president in 2008, served as president and CEO since 2013, and most recently in January of 2017 assumed his current role as CEO.

When Bob joined LVC, the company was a fire alarm contractor who quickly grew to be one of the most reputable Notifier fire alarm distributors in their network, and the largest in Minnesota. As the company’s customer base expanded, the demand for additional technologies and services grew too. As a result of Bob’s vision and leadership, LVC became the company they are today; an award winning, national provider of fire protection and building technology systems.

Bob’s contributions to our industry have come by way of significant leadership roles in organizations like the Minnesota Automatic Fire Alarm Association, the 49ers Business Development Club and the Minneapolis chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) throughout his career. Other areas of industry service include Bob’s involvement as an original co-author of the JATC Limited Energy Licensing Program, vice chair for PSA Security Network’s Sales & Marketing Committee, and service as a director for Notifier’s Distributor Advisory Council.

In a statement to the company this week, Hoertsch explained, “Over the last 12 months I have worked with the executive management team to ensure that the company will be well represented and well run far into the future. The appointment of Bert Bongard as President and the choices Bert has made to fill executive and middle management positions have been well thought out and well planned. I am leaving the company in excellent hands and am excited for the future of LVC.”

Bob’s hard work, commitment to advancing our industry, and dedication to LVC are worthy of admiration and he will be greatly missed. Bob’s work has substantially impacted our company and the industry as a whole.

A farewell event will be held for Bob on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 4pm – 7pm. Additional details will be provided in the weeks to come.

October 02, 2017

Congratulations to LVC Employees with Anniversaries in October!

We appreciate all you do to make LVC a great company.
Suzette Smith—Thomas-Oct 3 | 1 year; Gerardo Marin-Oct 3 | 1 year; Ryan Stewart-Oct 14 | 4 years; Ryan Clinton-Oct 15 | 10 years; Abe Ferderer-Oct 18 | 18 years; Dave Goodwyne-Oct 18 | 29 years; Dan Lucente-Oct 22 | 5 years; Ray Blossom-Oct 24 | 1 year; Chris Due-Oct 24 | 12 years; Dave Miller (IT)-Oct 27 | 14 years​.

August 24, 2017

For the Third Year, LVC Ranks on Inc 5000 List

Inc. magazine ranked Low Voltage Contractors on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment— its independent small businesses.

June 13, 2017

2017 Recognition of Achievement of Zero Injury

NECA has presented LVC’s Arizona branch with the 2017 Recognition of Achievement of Zero Injury.

They state, “NECA’s Recognition of Safety Achievement program is an elite safety recognition focused on recognizing thriving companies that excel in multiple areas of their safety and health programs. Awards are given to member companies that consistently have OSHA recordable injury and fatality rates at levels lower than the industry standard, and implement internal company safety practices above and beyond basic compliance. The Zero-Injury Recognition recognizes those member-companies that have worked a full calendar year without recordable incidents.”

Our employees are committed to workplace safety, and we appreciate their daily dedication to making this a reality.

May 16, 2017

We Are Now LVC Companies

The Low Voltage Contractors name and logo has been recognized as a symbol for quality and service since 1982.  In our 35-year history, LVC has experienced many exciting changes and periods of significant growth.  Our success has come from visionary leadership and attracting key talent which has been instrumental in building the company LVC is today.

Low Voltage Contractors was a name that gave us the latitude to build and expand under several disciplines including fire alarm, integrated security, and structured cabling among others. In the past few years we have added services and divisions such as Sprinkler, Door Hardware, Industrial and Suppression.  We have expanded our geographic footprint, and added strategic acquisitions.   The name Low Voltage Contractors no longer accurately encompasses the full range of our services, capabilities and expertise.

CEO, Bob Hoertsch explains “We have always been a forward-thinking company that adjusts to market trends to ensure that we will provide the products and services that are vital to our valued client base now and for the future. Our company name and logo should encompass the visionary company we have always been and the diverse company we have become.”

President, Bert Bongard says, “We have been successful because of our exceptional people and culture; they have been instrumental in the LVC brand we have built.  Because of our growing diversity, the time has come to re-brand to something more in line with who we are today.   This initiative gives us an umbrella under which we can continue to expand our products, services, and locations through our next phases of growth.”

Effective immediately, the name and logo “Low Voltage Contractors” will be re-branded as LVC Companies, Inc.  LVC’s new logo and refreshed brand image communicates to both current and potential clients that we are an innovative and diverse company with a commitment to excellence for every client we serve.

May 09, 2017

We Have a New Safety Slogan

The employees here at LVC were tasked with the challenge of coming up with the newest safety slogan. Although there were many great submissions, only one could be chosen as the winner.

Congratulations to Jesse Weber for his creativity in his 2017 safety slogan!

Life
Value
Commitment

Stay safe with LVC

Be on the lookout for this slogan to be used throughout the year!

April 25, 2017

Chris Kantorowicz Named Outstanding Apprentice for the 2017 Graduating Class

We would like to extend congratulations to Christopher Kantorowicz on his achievement as Outstanding Apprentice for the 2017 Limited Energy JATC graduating class! Chris achieved this award as a result of his classroom performance, participation during class, willingness to mentor other apprentices, and consistently exceptional employer evaluations.

April 17, 2017

LVC Adds a Door Hardware Division

On April 3, 2017, LVC added to their already comprehensive product and service offerings with the addition of a door hardware division. This move provides our client base the opportunity to have their security and door locking hardware done by LVC rather than a third tier subcontractor.

To provide this service, LVC has hired highly technical and well respected talent with years of experience in the door hardware industry. Once again team LVC brings value and convenience to our client base

“Having the ability to perform this aspect of our integrated security solution makes us more competitive, gives us greater control on project outcome and adds to the disciplines we self-perform,” says Bert Bongard, president.  “We are always looking for ways to perform better, be more efficient and achieve improved results. This initiative brings this to life.”

April 10, 2017

2017 Installer of the Year

We are excited to announce that LVC has won the SAMMY Award for Installer of the Year. We are incredibly proud of the work that our team puts in everyday to make this award possible. Thank you to the award judges, our wonderful clients and our outstanding team!

To view the full list of finalists and winners, please visit the Security, Sales, and Integration website.