www.ushalonbank.com  1.800.433.1751                                                  January 2014 - Vol 2, Issue 32             
In This Issue
Fireproofing the Cloud
Fike Picks New President - Batz
Fike's New President Touts Company's New Green Solution
Halon Replacement Patent Awarded
Lexington Police HQ Evacuated
Wind Turbines New Vertical for ABCO Fire
Fire Suppression Market Hot
Most Popular Stories from December 2013
Join Our Mailing List!
Additional Stories

United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) reported full year 2013 earnings per share of $6.21 and net income attributable to common shareowners of $5.7 billion, up 16 percent and 17 percent, respectively over the prior year.

Click here to read the full story.

United Technologies: How Likely is a Sikorsky Sale?

Shares of United Technologies (UTX) have bucked the drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average today thanks to rumors that it would dispose of its Sikorsky division.


What are the chances that United Technologies actually sells Sikorsky? Not very good, says Citigroup's Deane Dray


Read the full article here

The Air Up There: By The Numbers  

By John Demeter



Metric tons of Halon 1301 remaining in the world



The equivalent amount of Halon 1301 expressed in pounds



Years of remaining Halon 1301 supply based on estimated annual world usage



Million pounds of Halon 1301 estimated to be currently
installed in the world aviation fleet




Million Tons of CO2 Equivalent contained in the worlds remaining bank of Halon 1211 and 1301



Number of coal fired power plants operating for one year that would produce the same amount of CO2 Equivalent as released halon.



FSSA Conference Special - February 22-25, 2014 in San Diego, CA
Keynote Speaker:  Tim Wackel

Tim Wackel is one of today's most popular sales speakers because he makes information entertaining, memorable and easy to understand. He combines more than 25 years of successful sales leadership with specific client research to deliver high-impact programs that go beyond today's best practices. Tim's keynotes and workshops are insightful, engaging and focused on providing real world success strategies that audiences can (and will!) implement right away.

Here is What You'll Be Missing if You Don't Attend the FSSA 2014 Annual Conference

The schedule of events for the forum has been posted and can be found here.

Don't miss this opportunity to join your peers on February 22 - 25, 2014 in San Diego, CA.

Educational sessions include:  An End Users Perspective on the Clean Agent Fire Suppression Market in Data Centers, Petrochemical Operations, Clean Agent Reclamation and Recycling Updates, and a Combustible Metals Mini Symposium.
To register for the Forum, view the agenda or to make hotel reservations, please visit the Annual Forum page on the FSSA website.


Fireproofing the Cloud

April 24, 2013
Security Systems News 




What's the fire survivability of the data center where your cloud provider retains your company's information?


By Tess Nacelewicz 


"Is my cloud provider secure?" That's a question security integrators often pose as they move their data off site to the cloud. But another important question they also might want to ask of cloud providers is: "Does the server farm where you're storing my valuable data have optimal fire protection?"


As more and more businesses turn to cloud storage, such server farms, also known as data centers, are growing, not only in number but also in size. In fact, some centers cover an area more easily measured in acreage than square feet, according to Mike Ramey, executive VP of Alarm Tech Solutions. That Severn, Md.-based life safety solutions company serves the District of Columbia, as well as Maryland and Virginia.


Ramey said that because of their size and the fact that they store the key data of so many businesses, the data centers need "to meet a higher standard of survivability" when it comes to fire.


Click here to read the full article.


Fike Picks New President - Batz
Fike announced that it has hired Brad Batz as president, effective immediately.

January 2, 2014
Kansas City Business Journal


Fike Corp. announced that it has hired Brad Batz as president, effective immediately.


Headquartered in Blue Springs, Fike Corp. has more than 1,000 employees around the globe providing safety products to protect people and assets from fire and explosion.


Batz most recently led the company's oil and gas business unit and also has management experience in corporate operations.


Company CEO Chuck Kopoulos previously also filled the president role. Going forward, Batz will report to Kopoulos and be responsible for leading all corporate functions, including manufacturing, quality, supply chain, finance, human resources and information technology. Kopoulos will oversee Batz and focus more on profit and loss matters.


"On behalf of the entire Fike team, we are excited to have Brad in this position where his leadership and vision will help guide our future growth," Kopoulos said in a release. "Brad is a valued member of our global leadership team. His insight and experience make him a natural fit for this expanded role."


Batz Sets "Green" Agenda for Fike

January 17, 2014
Security Systems News 


By Tess Nacelewicz  


BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. - Fike, a global fire and life safety solutions provider based here, is starting the new year with a new president: Brad Batz.


Batz most recently led Fike's oil and gas business unit and previously led the company's corporate operations. Fike is the parent company of Fike Video Image Detection, a video smoke detection company formerly called axonX, which Fike acquired in 2009.


He told Security Systems News that Fike's goals for 2014 include "continuing to get closer to our customers and understanding their needs," and also investing in the organization, in everything from "manufacturing capabilities and talent and expansion across the globe."


Click here to read the full article. 


Halon Replacement Patent Awarded

January 8, 2014

In one embodiment, a gas generator assembly comprises a gas generator including a housing containing a plurality of laterally adjacent and laterally and axially supported stacks of gas generant wafers, and an ignition material adjacent one end of the laterally adjacent stacks. An initiator operably associated with the igniter material is communicable with an exterior of the housing. The housing comprises at least one closed port adjacent an opposing end of the laterally adjacent stacks, the at least one closed port having a closure configured to open in response to a pressure within the housing above ambient pressure.

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Defense & Aerospace Week -- Alliant Techsystems Inc. (Arlington, VA) has been issued patent number 8616128, according to news reporting originating out of Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews editors.

The patent's inventor is Sampson, William P. (North Ogden, UT).


This patent was filed on October 6, 2011 and was published online on December 31, 2013.

Click here to read the full statement.

Lexington Police HQ Evacuated

January 7, 2014
WTVQ-DT Lexington, KY

Reported by: Paris Lewbel

Lexington Police Headquarters were briefly evacuated Tuesday morning after chemicals used for fire suppression were released into the air.

Fire officials said because of the cold temperatures, the heating system was turned up to a higher temperature in the Lexington Police Communications Center, causing dust in the duct work to float into the air.

That caused a smoke detector in the room to be activated, releasing the fire suppression chemical, halon, into the air. The chemical, which removes the oxygen from the room, is used in computers labs or records room and is an alternative to using water from sprinklers to put out a fire.

Read the full article here.

Wind Turbines New Vertical for ABCO Fire

November 26, 2013
Security Systems News 

Ohio company augments its hospital projects by protecting wind turbines in various locales 

CLEVELAND - This city is home to many hospitals, including the world renowned Cleveland Clinic, so health care is a major vertical for ABCO Fire Protection, based here. But the company also has expanded into a small but growing new niche: wind turbines.


"We've done some suppression systems in wind turbines, and actually I and one other guy are certified to climb the wind turbines, to actually get up in there and do the install and service on them," Steve Rice, engineering systems manager for ABCO, told Security Systems News. "It's kind of something unique that our company has." 


Read the full article here

Fire Suppression Market Hot


November 7, 2012 
Security Systems News 


Competition is creating some new business opportunities, according to a research analyst

AUSTIN, Texas-The fire suppression products industry in the Americas is growing, but as it does, fire sprinklers-which constitute the majority of the market-are facing competition from other technologies, according to a new report from IMS Research.


The total market, which includes portable fire extinguishers, is about $888 million now but is expected to exceed $1 billion by 2016, Adi Pavlovic, report author and analyst, told Security Systems News.


To read the rest of the article, click here

Most Popular Stories from December 2013  



If you have any questions, comments, would like to be featured in a future Halon Herald, or would like to be added to our mailing list for this newsletter, please contact Kari Buser at [email protected].


View our profile on LinkedInFind  us on Facebook