Scutum Group brings innovative fire and security solutions to Florida
High Rise Fire and Security, part of Scutum Group, will provide fire and security services to local businesses and residents from its Boca Raton office
New York City, January 11th, 2021 – The Scutum Group continues to implement its growth strategy in North America with the opening of a High Rise Fire and Security office in Boca Raton, Florida as of January 1st 2021. This new office will enable Scutum North America to reach more than 2.5 million businesses that operate in the state. As the third largest state in the nation with over 21 million people, Florida is helping drive the U.S. economy through consistent expansion in its own industries. With close to US$1 trillion GDP in 2019, making it the 4th largest economy in the U.S., Florida is building an economy that will continue to attract and sustain new business development.
The Boca Raton office will enable High Rise to bring to Florida a high level of service, innovative solutions to optimally protect local businesses and residents, while also supporting New York City clients expansion efforts into the State. High Rise will be in an optimal position to respond to requests from suppliers, to accompany them on local projects.
In addition, the Group will also be looking at external growth opportunities to increase its market share and capabilities.
Michael Vitarelli, Co-founder of High Rise Fire and Security has been appointed by Scutum North America’s Board of Directors to lead this effort and will head the Florida office. He remains an integral part of High Rise’s management structure, alongside Robert Aiello, Co-founder.
“North America is a strategic market for Scutum and our decision to open an office in Boca Raton, less than a year after the integration of High Rise Fire and Security in the Group highlights our commitment to the region,” says Franck Namy, CEO of Scutum Group. “Michael has brought tremendous leadership to Scutum North America and we are thrilled that he has accepted to lead this strategic step in the next stage of the Group’s development.”
Founded in 1992 as a fire alarm service company, High Rise Fire and Security has grown into an industry leader in fire protection and electronic security, currently servicing over 1,900 high rise buildings in the New York City metro area. Its 130 employees work on developing comprehensive and cost-effective solutions customized to fit clients’ building or facility, while responding to New York City’s building codes and requirements – some of the strictest in the world. High Rise Fire and Security also utilizes approved central station facilities to monitor commercial fire and security alarm systems.
Scutum Group has evolved from a regional company founded in 1989 to a European group, with a first acquisition in Germany in 2011, followed by others in the UK and Benelux – and now an international group with a presence in North America with the integration of High Rise Fire and Security in March 2020. The Group has developed a portfolio of customized and innovative solutions in electronic security, fire protection, cyber defense, and risk management.