Brink's to Open New Monitoring Operations in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Brink's Home Security Inc. will spend more than $10 million to build a new monitoring and customer care center here that will employ 350.

The company, based in Irving, Texas, will begin construction in May and the center should open by early 2006. An official announcement is expected Thursday.

There were 30 other cities considered for the expansion, but Brink's Home Security President Bob Allen said coming to Knoxville was an easy choice based on the region's work force.

"The positive business environment at the city, county and state levels actually made us feel like we were really wanted," Allen told The Knoxville News Sentinel on Wednesday. "Knoxville was the clear winner."

Salaries were not disclosed, but Allen said Brink's intends to be "the employer of choice" for the region, paying at or above the existing average wages for the region.

"We will be very competitive," he said.

Brink's Home Security is a subsidiary of The Brink's Co., a Fortune 500 business and security services company based in Richmond, Va. The parent company has more than 54,000 employees worldwide and revenues of more than $4.7 billion.