Sonitrol of SW Ohio acquires Sonitrol of Butler County

Deal adds more than 1,500 customers, brings on Mike Pope and all staff
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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

DAYTON, Ohio—Sonitrol of SW Ohio has acquired Sonitrol of Butler County and their non-Sonitrol company Southwestern Ohio Security, adding 1,500 customers and bringing on all existing staff. The acquisition officially closed effective July 6th.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to do what we do best for even more people and businesses across Southwest Ohio and Central Ohio,” Chip Shiver, president of Shiver Security Systems and Sonitrol of SW Ohio. “Our technology, our local monitoring station, and our ever-important partnership with local police are the key factors in our continued growth. It’s always about people and we believe we have the very best talent in the region when it comes to professional security. Combining two organizations with a very similar footprint in relatively the same market makes this acquisition very exciting for us. Simply put, we are merging two longtime Sonitrol families, which creates additional market penetration for the organization.”

The firm, which operates an independent franchise of Sonitrol, has served the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky areas since 1971. The expansion is reflective of both their ongoing commitment to local and surrounding communities as well as a market need in both the residential and commercial security sectors. Strategically, the acquisition affords consolidation, uniform local monitoring from their proven central station, and will establish additional market penetration in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

“The merger of our staffs will provide our clients with a local U.L. central station and an increased number of technicians to provide a level of service unmatched in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Many of our family members over the decades have been a part of our organization,” Sonitrol of Butler County President Mike Pope said in the announcement. “Our dedicated and professional staff, who has been dependable and loyal for 48 years, are family too. Rex Shiver and Jim Pope built the foundation for both companies. I am sure that Rex and Jim are looking down and saying, ‘Congratulations sons.’”

Mike Pope took over the business from his father, Jim Pope, who started Sonitrol of Butler County was established in the early ’70s.

Pope and Shiver share a similar story of family leadership. The two also recount a bit of nostalgia as Shiver’s father sold Pope’s father his Sonitrol franchise nearly 50 years ago. Sonitrol of SW Ohio continues to add local security professionals to their roster making them one of the largest security firms in our region.

Based in SW Ohio, Sonitrol of SW Ohio is a family owned and operated business that began and was founded by Rex Shiver in 1971. Still family owned and operated today, Sonitrol of SW Ohio provides sophisticated and verified security solutions for thousands of Commercial, Government, Medical, Retail, Schools, Financial, Defense, and residential clients in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky, Columbus and Richmond, Indiana.

Sonitrol of SW Ohio and its staff are dedicated to providing our customers “Piece of Mind” through its solutions for all burglary, fire, panic/hold-up and facility supervisory threats. Sonitrol of SW Ohio verified security and video technology combined with our UL listed local central station have assisted local police departments in apprehending thousands of burglars in SW Ohio and Northern Kentucky since 1971.