UTC Fire & Security to sell UK guarding business

FARMINGTON, Conn., Jan. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- UTC Fire & Security has announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its U.K. manned guarding business, Chubb Security Personnel Limited, to an affiliate of Securitas AB, a Sweden-based security provider. UTC Fire & Security is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

With total sales of more than GBP100M and operating through 19 locations in the U.K., Chubb Security Personnel has more than 5,000 employees and offers a range of permanent and temporary manned guarding services to both public and private sector customers.

President of UTC Fire & Security William Brown said the sale was in line with the company's strategy to focus on high technology content operations. "UTC Fire & Security is constantly reviewing its operations, organizational structure and products and services in order to support our growth strategy and meet the needs of our customers. Chubb Security Personnel is a well-run business with a strong management team and an excellent track record that will be a good fit with Securitas."

The divestiture is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2011.