The National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association is heading west. The association, which had been headquartered in Silver Spring, Md., will be packing up and shipping its offices to Irving, Texas, a part of the Dallas Metro area sandwiched directly between Fort Worth and Dallas, in close proximity to DFW and to Love Field.
The move will be effective July 25.
"Relocation is something we have been considering and studying for some time, and this year we undertook a due diligence process that involved evaluating locations based on a number of key criteria including: accessibility, availability of talent, cost of doing business, quality of life, transportation options, cost of traveling into and out of the area, commuting time and climate," said NBFAA President Scot Colby in a statement Wednesday. "The committee also employed a return on investment analysis for each location considered."
Before deciding on Irving, Texas, the association also looked at locations in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Missouri and Tennessee.
Merlin Guilbeau, NBFAA executive director, called the move a "positive step".
"From DFW International Airport, we can travel anywhere in the continental United States within four hours or less," said Guilbeau in a statement to the industry. "The regionâ€™s Central Time Zone provides added flexibility in supporting and servicing our members and the savings on facility costs alone will translate into better programs and enhanced deliverables for our membership."
When the move is completed, the NBFAA said it expects to have approximately a dozen staff members in the new offices. The new address for correspondence will be 2300 Valley View Lane, Suite 230, Irving, TX 75062. According to the NBFAA, the National Training School and the government programs will stay at present offices located in Pennsylvania and D.C.