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Allied Universal Buys American Security to Expand in Southeastern U.S.

Santa Ana-based Allied Universal, the world’s biggest private security firm, said it’s acquired American Security to expand in the southeastern U.S.

Founded in 1975 by retired South Carolina Highway Patrol Sergeant Henry Harrison, American Security has more than 1,200 employees and serves a seven-state area that includes Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

“American Security will complement the services we currently provide and give Allied Universal a stronger presence in the Southeast part of the United States,” said Steve Jones, Global Chairman & CEO of Allied Universal.

Allied Universal has more than 800,000 employees and is generating a run rate of $20 billion.

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Peter J. Brennan
Peter J. Brennan
Peter J. Brennan has been a journalist for 40 years. He spent a decade in Latin America covering wars, narcotic traffickers, earthquakes, and business. His resume includes 15 years at Bloomberg News where his headlines and articles sometimes moved the market caps of companies he covered by hundreds of millions of dollars. His articles have been published worldwide, including the New York Times and the Washington Post; he's appeared on CNN, CBC, BBC, and Bloomberg TV. He was awarded a Kiplinger Fellowship at The Ohio State University.
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