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Manufactured in U.S.A. with U.S. and Global Components

March 15, 2017

Mark Hillenburg, Executive Director of Marketing

“Made in the USA” is something you rarely see today. More and more products are made elsewhere. There is much confusion about the use of the phrase \"Made in the USA.” What that means to most of us is contrasted by its very strict definition by the Federal Trade Commission. Although we manufacture 100% our products at our factory in Springfield, Missouri, many of the components that we use are not indigenous to the U.S. and therefore come from around the globe. With enough of our components made globally, the phrase we must adhere to doesn’t always best describe what we actually do. We have not changed the location of manufacture of our products since we start...  Read More

Increase Your Sales by Using Auto-Programming Panels

March 6, 2017

Jim Hawthorne, Director of Sales - Eastern Regions

At a recent conference I attended, two questions prodded a group of alarm dealers from all parts of the United States.  The first question was, “What do you need to double your business in the next three years?” The second question was, “What are your biggest concerns about your business today?” The number one answer to BOTH questions was the same:  Staff.  We need qualified people on my team in sales and installations but also adequate training, getting new hires up to speed quickly and retaining talented people. If owners of alarm companies from various regions of our nation all have the same issues, it stands to reason that our industry has...  Read More

Earn 18 Percent on the Money You Spend at DMP

January 3, 2017

Chris Stange, CFO

Earning interest on your money is always a good idea. It’s the basis of how banks work and wealth is built. When you buy items on credit, interest is a factor. A supplier offers an option that many people overlook. That option is the 1% Net 10 days you often see as part of the terms of your credit agreement. One of the things I like about my job is my conversations with dealers about how to save money or be more efficient. THIS option is one of the most overlooked, yet most lucrative tips I can give. DMP is one of those creditors that offers these two payment terms options: Net 30 or 1% Net 10. Net 30 means you pay the full balance of your invoice within 30 days. But is...  Read More

Why Does Free Freight Matter?

December 29, 2016

Chris Stange, CFO

I often get to have conversations with dealers about a variety of topics, but many times the subject of their account comes up and ways to save money on items they buy from us. There are a few ways that we can save dealers money, and I thought I would spend some time writing about those ideas here on the new DMP blog. In this recent study I was reading, Transportation Accounting: How Understanding Transportation and Freight Costs Leads to Strategic Thinking and More Profitable Business, it estimated freight costs between two and three percent of the total cost of an item. Of course, cost varies widely with the weight of items. Another study I read suggested that freight in the tech...  Read More

The Dream of Building the Best Panel in the World

November 16, 2016

David Peebles, VP of Organizational Development

  Atlas Security Service is where Rick got his start in the industry and where his dream of building the best panel in the world began.  After working in all areas of Atlas, and upon returning to Springfield after college, Rick approached his father, Marvin Britton and then-owner of Atlas, with a big idea.  Rick thought they could design and build alarm equipment that fit Atlas better than what was available on the market.  Marvin agreed, and DMP was born. In 1975, Rick and Marvin Britton took a multiplex alarm panel that Rick had designed to the NBFAA convention in Las Vegas.  That was the official beginning for DMP.  But DMP’s roots in the alarm in...  Read More

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