Alarm Detection Systems marks 50 years

Updated 2/8/2019 11:50 AM

AURORA -- Family-owned security systems business Alarm Detection Systems is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Founder and CEO Bob Bonifas started ADS after working alongside his father in a family-owned grocery business in Aurora. After his father closed the store, and with five children to support, Bonifas signed up for an alarm system franchise and never looked back.

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ADS offers expert electronic security and fire safety services, CCTV cameras, card access and locksmith services to business and residential customers. The company has locations throughout Northern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin and Colorado. It ranks in the top 25 of 14,000 alarm companies in the country.

The company's involvement in industry associations like the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association was one key growth point for the company, CFO Terry Olah said. "We reached out beyond the little sphere of our business to a national association where we could share ideas and learn as much as we could."

Bonifas is proud of the company's ongoing relationship with public safety providers. ADS was just named the 2018 recipient of the Police Dispatch Quality Award that recognizes exemplary collaboration in reducing false alarms.

"A lot of bright and talented people have built this company," Olah said. "We're doing good in the world, providing peace of mind and protecting people. It's a good thing to spend your life doing."


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