A-Lert Building Systems

June 1, 2001

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A-Lert Building Systems

A-Lert Building Systems

Providing quality, service and performance

A-Lert Building Systems, adivision of Centurion Industries Inc., is a San Antonio-based manufacturer,supplier and erector of pre-engineered self-storage and commercial buildings.Bringing considerable knowledge of self-storage design, planning, fabricationand construction to its customers is the ongoing goal of this diverse company.

Diversity in Construction

Centurion Industries Inc.,based in Garrett, Ind., entered into the storage-building business as acomplement to its other operating divisions, including:

  • A-Lert Construction Services, a supplier of millwrights and other general construction services, specializing in the agricultural processing and refining industry;

  • TFC Canopy, a manufacturer and installer of metal-roof canopies in the gas- station, convenience-store and rental-car markets;

  • A-Lert Roof Systems, a manufacturer and installer of retrofit, standing-seam, metal roofs in the commercial market;

  • M&M Electric, an electrical contractor in the food-processing industry that specializes in pneumatic conveying systems; and

  • A-Lert Fire Systems, a provider of fire suppression systems for commercial buildings.

The company also has an independent safety department that audits complianceon all divisions in accordance with OSHA guidelines.

Benefitting from the wealthof resources provided by this network of knowledge and expertise, A-LertBuilding Systems is a fast-growing supplier in self-storage. By buildingrelationships within the company and the industry, A-Lert provides its clients adiverse base of construction services with one simple philosophy: Supply thecustomer with a quality product, unending customer service, and scheduledperformance in design and construction.

This is accomplished by following a few of the company's fundamentalprinciples:

  • Keep the customer involved in the overall process, listening to his needs and providing for him.

  • Select quality products and utilize quality-control measures to ensure the best finished product.

  • Utilize the divisions' assets to ensure performance to the customer in the construction of his project.

Strength in People

When asked for the biggestfactor in the company's success, Jimmy Anderson, divisions president, says,"being a single-source supplier, from design through construction"would be near the top of the list. "The financial strength and stability ofour parent company provides comfort for new and potential customers," headds.

Flexibility in design and construction are also beneficial to A-Lert'sclients. "This allows us to think outside the box with the owner wheneveran odd situation arises, such as a not-so-perfect piece of real estate,"Anderson says. However, he does not hesitate to point out the company's mostvaluable asset is its employees. "We have been very fortunate to puttogether a group of professionals in all phases of ourorganization--manufacturing, sales, construction purchasing, administration andengineering. We also chose not to segregate customer service into a separatedepartment, instead training all our people to be customer-servicerepresentatives and get involved with our clients. To steal a phrase, 'Peoplemake it happen,'" Anderson adds.

For the Future

So what does the future holdfor a fast-growing supplier such as A-Lert Building Systems? Strengtheningcurrent client relationships, building a new base with the national and regionalchains, and continuing to grow the employees are all key factors. Productdevelopment will also be instrumental in the growth.

According to Anderson, "We are continuing to see more requirements forbuildings that are aesthetically pleasing. We have several new products we arelooking at within the scope of our building. Probably the most exciting is aproduct we are currently using at TFC Canopy. It is an architectural compositeof metal and plastic that can be rolled, curved, bent, routed, milled and formedusing special equipment we have at our Indiana facility. The flexibility of theproduct and varied availability of finishes makes it very attractive. We arecurrently exploring potential applications in the storage industry, and we arevery excited by the possibilities."

For more information on A-Lert and the services it provides, or to getquotes on a self-storage project, call 800.210.5375; www.centurionind.com.

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