PSA Security Network announced today that it has acquired USAV, a team of professional audio-visual (ProAV) integrators. USAV’s affiliate CI Edge, a buying group designed to support middle market commercial technology integrators, was also acquired as part of the transaction. This is big, big news. Finally, commercial AV and security come together. Sure, been playing in the same sandbox for awhile but now it’s clear we are all one!
USAV is a ProAV membership organization that bonds independent member companies into an elite industry team. Founded in 2001 with only seven members, today USAV has 57 integrators throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as partnerships with 19 top ProAV suppliers and six service providers. In 2016, USAV integrators collectively serviced 88 percent of the top 25 and 84 percent of the top 50 major metropolitan areas in the U.S. CI Edge was founded by USAV’s executive team in 2015 as the only buying group for small and midsized commercial integrators. CI Edge provides benefits for members that include buying programs that connect members directly to top technology providers.
PSA Security Network is the world’s largest electronic security cooperative, owned by the most progressive integrators throughout North America. Combined, PSA members boast over 300 branch locations, employ nearly 6,000 security industry professionals and are responsible for over $3.5 billion annually in security, fire and life safety installations. The purchase of USAV and CI Edge supports PSA Security Network’s plans for growth in the ProAV sector, which was announced in November 2016.
USAV and CI Edge will continue to operate under their respective brands and the existing management team at USAV will continue to run the day-to-day operations of the AV business. K.C. Schwarz, CEO of USAV, and Chris Whitely, founder and CFO of USAV, will join PSA’s management team.
USAV will operate out of the PSA’s main corporate office in Westminster, Colo. PSAV is here.