Sustainability

Locally Sourced Recycled Materials

Both the Focus 256® remote head, and our newest product Advisor X, are carved from a solid block of highly recyclable aluminum, and has a fresh look that is uniquely ATX. Our new residential/small business system, Advisor X, features a seamless unibody enclosure carved from a single, solid block of aluminum.

It’s created using computer numerical control, or CNC, machines — the same kind used by the aerospace industry to build mission-critical spacecraft components. The carving and forging, cutting, sandblasting and anodizing is all done in Montreal. Our printed circuit boards come from two locations in rural Quebec. This ensures absolute precision of every component of the Advisor X. Not to mention a stunning aluminum fit and finish that will make any home or small business proud. It’s also free of many harmful toxins commonly present in the alarm component manufacturing process. Our products contain no lead, brominated flame retardants (BFRs) or polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

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Real Sustainability is Buying Local

Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, Canadian owned business, rather than one that is internationally owned, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and manufacturers.

Dollars spent at Canadian owned businesses create a multiplier in the local economy, meaning that from each dollar spent at a local business, 2 to 3.5 recirculates in the local economy compared to a dollar spent with international businesses. This local multiplier effect means shifting more local purchasing to independent businesses is a key tool for creating more local jobs.

With this in mind, we employ an array of supporting services by “buying locally” ourselves. We hire local engineers, designers, printers, sign makers and contractors. Local accountants, insurance brokers, computer consultants, attorneys, and advertising agencies help us run the company.

ATX also maintains a policy of using only parts and equipment that are made in North America, meaning more jobs for local manufacturers. Buying locally sourced parts, equipment and materials also helps to reduce our environmental footprint, as less transportation is required, contributing less to congestion, habitat loss and pollution.

Supporting local businesses also helps to ensure that they are able to continue their generous support of so many local, non-profit organizations that are vital to our quality of life. In fact, studies show that non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from local businesses than they do from multinational corporations.
In contrast, a branch office of an internationally owned alarm company typically is a clone of other offices, and eliminates the need for local planning, uses a minimum of local goods and services, and much of the equipment they sell and install is manufactured in China. Many of them have monitoring and call centers in a different country, even as far away as India. Profits from these offices are also promptly are exported to corporate headquarters. That’s simply good, efficient business for them, but not so good for our communities.

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