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Co Down security firm snapped up by Antrim street furniture company

ESF’s operations manager Andrew Doig (left) with the firm’s managing director Alan Lowry
ESF’s operations manager Andrew Doig (left) with the firm’s managing director Alan Lowry
Emma Deighan

By Emma Deighan

A Newtownabbey street furniture company has acquired a Co Down-based security firm for an undisclosed sum.

Environmental Street Furniture (ESF), a designer and supplier of street-themed and solar-powered products to 22 countries globally, has acquired perimeter security firm Sentry Posts in what marks a new stage for growth for the business.

Managing director of ESF Alan Lowry said: "The acquisition of Sentry Posts marks another important stage in the growth of ESF. Whilst we have a selection of security products on our portfolio at present, this latest move will give us access to a greater customer base and will enable us to provide a more comprehensive collection and structured support."

Sentry Posts is a supplier of bollard systems, perimeter security and traffic products in Ireland. Established in 1998, the company has partnered with ATG Access, supplying projects including Wellington Arch and Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in London, as well as the Europa Hotel and Charles Hurst and Trust Ford dealerships in Northern Ireland.

Andrew Doig, who has managed Sentry Posts in recent years, will continue to direct trading relations under the new ownership structure. He said: "We're looking forward to working with ESF in moving the Sentry Posts brand forward. ESF has a fantastic reputation and has achieved global success so we're excited about the prospects of what is to come for Sentry, with Alan's guidance."

Among ESF's portfolio of work are theme parks in Orlando, Hong Kong and Dubai. In 2017, the company launched their award-winning Stellar Solar Smart Bench, designed and manufactured in Northern Ireland, which utilises solar energy to charge mobile devices, provide LED lighting and offer data gathering and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity.

Mr Lowry added: "ESF is committed to sustaining and developing the outstanding reputation that has been built by Sentry Posts over the last 20 years and we're confident that this is a positive step for all involved, that will result in a much stronger team."

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