Rockland, MA (PRWEB) September 15, 2009
en-Gauge, Inc., maker of en-Gauge monitoring systems for fire extinguishers and building safety devices, announced its official formation as a corporation separate from Mija, Inc., the industry-leading manufacturer of spiral wound pressure gauges. Several former Mija employees are now leading en-Gauge, Inc. including CEO, Brendan McSheffrey, President, John McSheffrey and Director of Operations, Jim Rose. en-Gauge also recently added former Simplex Grinnell corporate business development manager, Jim Shea as its National Sales Manager.
The decision to split the family-owned company came last year when it became apparent that its two different business models would operate more efficiently and successfully as separate entities. John McSheffrey said, "en-Gauge sells high-end, addressable systems to a limited number of qualified distributors in each market," noting its difference from Mija, which is an original equipment manufacturer that sells large quantities of product to a few manufacturers. For more info please visit http://www.engaugeinc.net.
Last fall, during a time when funds were drying up and the credit crunch was bearing down on businesses, en-Gauge, Inc. was able to secure financing from a diverse group of angel investors. "The investors, all who bring specific industry expertise, liked the en-Gauge business model," said CEO Brendan McSheffrey. He also noted they were attracted by the growing interest in the product by government agencies, particularly due to its ability to strengthen the Federal Transportation Security Administration's airport security program.
en-Gauge provides the only building safety fire extinguisher monitoring system device that lowers maintenance costs and reduces the likelihood of costly and tragic fires. That's because en-Gauge's patented system instantly and wirelessly alerts building management the moment a fire extinguisher has been removed, becomes obstructed or is inoperable. The en-Gauge system seamlessly integrates with other real-time intelligent safety and security systems to help avoid dangerous and expensive surprises. en-Gauge is installed in a number of government buildings including airports, as well as educational, hospitality, penal and healthcare facilities across the United States.
Shea said his role at the new company is to support its network. "I worked as a distributor," said Shea, "and was most successful when suppliers gave me the tools and training I needed to operate efficiently. en-Gauge understands that and has implemented systems and put people on the ground to deliver what distributors and end-users require." Shea cited the "select" distribution model and growing its sales team as examples of new initiatives. In addition, en-Gauge is conducting government and specifier outreach programs, while continuing to strengthen its code efforts -- all value-adds for the distribution market.
The technology to electronically monitor fire extinguishers is fully recognized by the 2007 editions of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes NFPA-10 and NFPA-72, and the 2006 International Fire Code as an alternative to the requirement for monthly physical inspections of fire extinguishers. en-Gauge is also listed with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
In order to deliver its product, en-Gauge is proud to be partnering with Mija Inc, Ansul fire extinguishers, Pacom systems monitoring, and Inovonics for wireless monitoring. Distribution partners include Simplex Grinnell on a national basis and regionally, ADT offices, Siemens branches, member companies of Security Networks of America and other independent alarm and fire equipment distributors.
What does the future hold for en-Gauge? "Obviously our core focus is strengthening the reliability of the fire extinguisher, but our technology has the ability to monitor a multitude of safety, security and operational functions wirelessly," said John McSheffrey. The company is examining the logical compatibility between its infrastructure and items such as automated external defibrillators (AEDs), fire doors, emergency first aid and hazmat kits, manual pull stations, radiation and gas detection, and temperature sensing among others.
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