Linear awards $10K in products for its 50th anniversary

Controlled Access Systems' Maranda Wright wins grand prize drawing


Carlsbad, Calif.,(August 10, 2011) – It’s not every day someone wins $10,000 in free products. But Maranda Wright did. She entered Linear’s giveaway commemorating the company’s 50th Anniversary, and came out on top.

"I am shocked. Winning was completely unexpected," says the Business Manager and Technician at Controlled Access Systems, Fort Smith, Ark., an access control and security firm that designs and installs automatic gates, electronic entry and video surveillance systems for residential and commercial customers throughout Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.

Linear’s Grand Prize Drawing, which attracted more than 2,000 entries since January, culminated with company officials picking Wright’s name at random in early June.

"It’s exciting to reward a loyal customer with a major prize like this, as part of celebrating our 50th Anniversary," says Gary Baker, Linear Vice President of Marketing.

A Linear dealer for more than two decades of Radio Controls, Telephone Entry Systems as well as the Aigis Mechtronics CCTV line (now part of Linear), Wright says winning will help the family-owned business she runs with her father and two brothers.

"This is a significant prize and advantage for our business. Having this equipment will help us for the whole year," says Wright. "We already have jobs lined up for the Linear Gate Operators and various Access Control products we ordered."

"Winning is also giving us the chance to test some other Linear products that we have never used before, so we can potentially branch out into new service areas. The spectrum of products Linear offers is a real business opportunity for us, which is a nice benefit of being a Linear dealer," she adds.

Controlled Access Systems, founded in 1988 by President and Senior Technician Leon Thompson, provides highly professional services: every member of the staff is a licensed electrician. The company is a strong safety advocate, and closely adheres to proper electrical and OSHA codes – a real competitive advantage.

"We see so many companies unqualified to work on jobs requiring line-voltage equipment, and that presents huge risks to everyday users of products like gate operators," explains Wright. In fact, Controlled Access Systems is so dedicated to safety education that it operates a second website to explain potential electrical and other safety hazards to consumers.

"Everyone at Linear extends their sincere congratulations to Maranda and Controlled Access Systems!" Baker says.

For more information about Linear, visit www.linearcorp.com or call 800. 421.1587.