Press Releases 2001-2003

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2001-2003 PRESS RELEASES

Communications Solutions

M&S Systems Brings Sense to Home Wiring – and Added Profits to Contractors
DALLAS – September 7, 2001 – Take a look at most homes built in the first half of the 20th century. The first thing you’ll notice is the lack of electrical outlets: one per room – two at the most. The result: most older homes were a hodgepodge of plug-in and extension cords.
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Audio / Video / Data Solutions

M&S Systems celebrates 50 years as industry leader in built-in, electronic home amenities
DALLAS, Texas – 2/17/2003 – Feb. 17 – 1953 was only 50 years ago but it seems like another world…
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M&S Systems Announces New General Manager
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M&S Systems Introduces WS5 Outdoor Speaker
DALLAS, TX – June 25, 2002 – Outdoor Audio – makes the summer cool. The latest addition to M&S Systems speaker line, the WS5 outdoor speaker offers a corrosion resistant, all weather design. Housed within a stylish exterior and complete with aluminum hanger brackets for easy mounting, the WS5 is not only great for use in garden or pool areas, but can be used indoors as well. The high-performance WS5, with its 5-1/4″ two-way woofer and 1″ titanium dome tweeter, is capable of producing extraordinary sound reproduction throughout your home or garden.
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M&S Systems New Platinum Series Speakers – Give Contractors New Home Theater Options
DALLAS – October 25, 2001 – Today’s homebuyer wants more. That’s especially true when it comes to home theater and sound systems.
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Central Vacuum Solutions

M&S Systems unveils AirVac BV2000 Builders Kit
DALLAS, Texas – 3/10/2003 – Now there’s an affordable alternative that delivers incredible cleaning power for smaller homes, townhouses and apartments. The M&S Systems AirVac BV2000KIT – the newest addition to the M&S AirVac line – is specifically designed for homes under 2,400 square feet.
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M&S Systems unveils ZV3500 Gold Series Bagless Central Vacuum System
DALLAS, Texas – 7/26/2002 – A man’s home is his castle? Not to dust.
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M&S Systems Brings Sense to Home Wiring – and Added Profits to Contractors

DALLAS – September 7, 2001 – Take a look at most homes built in the first half of the 20th century. The first thing you’ll notice is the lack of electrical outlets: one per room – two at the most. The result: most older homes were a hodgepodge of plug-in and extension cords.

There’s a 21st century equivalent: today’s homes overrun with wires and cables from internet connections, phones, fax, home theater, music and intercom systems. The result: an even more complex hodgepodge of cables and wires that makes adding or changing anything electronic a nightmare.

There is a better way: structured wiring from M&S Systems. “A hundred years ago electricity revolutionized the way people lived. Today there’s a new consumer electronics revolution. It’s called structured wiring. What makes it so important? You – and the way you live,” says Lorelei Connon, product manager for M&S Systems.

structured wiring – the great simplifier

“Imagine one access point for everything except electricity. One central juncture for all your data and entertainment needs – phone, cable, music and Internet access. Everything from the outside connects to the structured wiring box. And the box distributes it all through your pre-wired home. It’s as simple as that,” she adds.

Structured wiring is safe, affordable, expandable, easy to install and comes with a two-year warranty. The box flush mounts between 16″-center studs – or wall mounts for retrofits. The box also locks for added security.

“Structured wiring is increasingly in demand as more and more families want the convenience of wired homes. So think of M&S structured wiring as your home’s own personal organizer for consumer electronics,” Connon points out.

For more than 40 years M&S Systems has been the industry leader in designing and manufacturing the finest home systems for analog and digital communications, music and home theater.


M&S Systems celebrates 50 years as industry leader in built-in, electronic home amenities

DALLAS, Texas – Feb. 17, 2003 – Feb. 17 – 1953 was only 50 years ago but it seems like another world…

Dwight D. Eisenhower moved into the White House. Jonas Salk invented the polio vaccine. Saran Wrap, instant iced tea and Kellogg’s Sugar Smacks hit grocery store shelves for the first time. Auto mechanics earned $2.00 an hour. A new Ford Custom Victoria two-door hardtop cost less than $2,000 and the gasoline to make it go was 29¢ a gallon. And a Coca-Cola cost a nickel.

the beginning

1953 also marked the end of what was officially known as the Korean War. One of the returning veterans was 31-year-old Captain Harold J. (Jim) Lemmon. He had an idea that he thought he could turn into a business, an idea that involved radio: a built-in radio/intercom system for homes. This audio pioneer called the fledgling company he founded on March 16, 1953 Music & Sound – later shortened to M&S.

“The technology of 1953 meant a vacuum tube radio bought from a local distributor and modified to fit into the wall with internal wiring to the speakers and an on/off switch. There were no volume controls. No FM radio. No intercom. Just a built-into-the-wall radio with five room speakers. All this for $89.50 installed,” Lemmon remembers.

Two years later he came up with $10,000 – half of it borrowed – to incorporate M&S. Building the business meant traveling the country – up to two months at a time – to train distributors in sales and installation. His success brought competition. In the late 1950s heavy hitters such as General Electric, Progress Lighting and Rittenhouse – companies with national distribution – as well as a host of building product companies entered the market. But Lemmon kept expanding his regional market, building strong bonds with the growing M&S distributor base.

This worked: Competitive pricing and, more important, personal contact and a strong commitment to service gave M&S an edge. The competition began to fade. By the late 70s, more than 20 competitors had been reduced to only 2. Meanwhile, Lemmon continued to add innovations to his built-in package: door chimes and an intercom that worked room-to- room as well as to the front door.

Later the M&S concept would be expanded to encompass FM radio, audiocassettes, music CDs and home theater. “And as long as we were installing in houses under construction, why not a built-in vacuum system? So we added this product line by acquiring a few small vacuum companies and then cherry-picked the best of each acquisition to create the M&S AirVac system,” says Lemmon.

The growing success of M&S Systems also brought suitors. In 1982, Lemmon sold his company to Nortek but stayed as president until 1987.

a classic success story

“M&S is a classic American success story. Someone with just an idea takes $10,000 in capitalization and, with hard work, turns it into a multimillion-dollar business. We never paid dividends. The money was always reinvested in the company. And if a customer was unhappy for whatever reason, we found a way to make it right – promptly – a tradition that’s still honored at M&S,” Lemmon smiles with satisfaction.

Today that tradition – and the company Jim Lemmon founded – is celebrating a half century as the industry leader in built-in, electronic home amenities. To commemorate this remarkable milestone, M&S will offer a number of special promotions throughout the year.

still pioneering

M&S Systems, still headquartered in Dallas, Texas – is now owned by Chamberlain Industries. And M&S is still renowned for applying technology, style and value to its diverse line of products that help enrich the enjoyment of the home, including analog and digital musical communication systems, home theater surround sound systems, structured wiring and central vacuum systems. M&S musical systems have come a long way – from vacuum tube radios to digital whole-house audio networks complete with MP3 capability, music storage databases, and intercom functionality. Systems have progressed from a single master unit controlling music throughout the home to individual room stations having the capability to control their own music sources and expanded features.

“Today people want their homes equipped with the built-in technologies to make their home lives as convenient and enjoyable as possible,” says Tyler Dawson, general manager of M&S. “That’s where M&S Systems comes in. We have the technology and experience to meet this demand – with everything from built-in vacuum systems to home intercoms, from home entertainment to structured wiring.”

All this has made M&S Systems a pioneer in built-in electrical home amenity products. But Dawson views the company’s 50th anniversary as less of a milestone and more of a springboard to the future.

“Looking back with pride at our history is good – and well-deserved,” says Dawson. “But we prefer to think of this as a time to recommit ourselves to our distributors, to our customers and to the next 50 years. We promise them our continued commitment to service and to the innovative application of built-in electronic home amenities. Whatever you want from your home – efficiency, security or entertainment – M&S will remain your preeminent source of built-in satisfaction.”


M&S Systems Announces New General Manager

DALLAS, Texas – Nov. 21, 2002 – M&S Systems has a new General Manager.

Tyler Dawson has joined the industry leader in built-in, electronic home amenities as General Manager. His focus will be on developing strategies to significantly grow M&S Systems in its core businesses and beyond. He brings to M&S more than 20 years experience on the front lines of managing start-up, mature and turnaround manufacturing organizations.

“Tyler Dawson is a natural fit for this company,” says Scott Mordell, executive vice president of Chamberlain Industries, parent company to M&S Systems. “He has the significant expertise in high-tech manufacturing, materials and operations we were looking for. Additionally, Tyler has extensive experience in process implementation and building management teams. This will prove important to growing M&S consumer acceptance, customer service and profitability,” Mordell adds.

Dawson sees his new position as, “…the ideal job – a chance to make a difference with a company that already has a strong industry position and a great product line. We have the experience and technology to meet the future demands of the rapidly changing home electronic industry. I’m looking forward to helping M&S Systems to continue delivering, as they have for the last 50 years, the best in innovative home products.”

Prior to joining M&S, Dawson filled leadership roles at such companies as Chorum Technologies, Marlow Industries and the Thomas Group, Inc. He earned his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and his BSEE from Duke University.

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, M&S Systems has been an industry leader in the manufacture and design of built-in, electronic home amenities for nearly half a century. M&S is renowned for applying technology, style and value to its diverse line of products that help to enrich the enjoyment of the home. The M&S product line includes central vacuum systems as well as analog and digital music/communication systems, home theater surround sound systems and structured wiring.


M&S Systems Introduces WS5 Outdoor Speaker

DALLAS, TX – June 25, 2002 – Outdoor Audio – makes the summer cool. The latest addition to M&S Systems speaker line, the WS5 outdoor speaker offers a corrosion resistant, all weather design. Housed within a stylish exterior and complete with aluminum hanger brackets for easy mounting, the WS5 is not only great for use in garden or pool areas, but can be used indoors as well. The high-performance WS5, with its 5-1/4″ two-way woofer and 1″ titanium dome tweeter, is capable of producing extraordinary sound reproduction throughout your home or garden.

The use of high-quality materials such as brass inserts and mounting hardware, 5-way gold-plated binding posts and a resonance-free enclosure confirms M&S Systems’ commitment to quality. And what a value at a list price of only $239/pair!

Specifications
Frequency Response: 65 Hz – 20kHz
Maximum Power Rating: 70 watts
Nominal Impedance: 8-ohm
Dimensions: 7-1/4″ W x 9-5/8″ H x 6 –1/2″ D

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, M&S Systems has been an industry leader in the manufacture and design of built-in, electronic home amenities for nearly 50 years. M&S is renowned for applying technology, style and value to its diverse line of products that help to enrich the enjoyment of the home, including analog and digital music/communication systems, home theater surround sound systems and central vacuums.


M&S Systems New Platinum Series Speakers – Give Contractors New Home Theater Options

DALLAS – October 25, 2001 – Today’s homebuyer wants more. That’s especially true when it comes to home theater and sound systems.

“This consumer demand is why M&S developed our new Platinum Series 8-ohm speakers. With Platinum, you get a completely balanced mini-cube home theater system that delivers the highest levels of sound quality available. Despite their compact size, our Platinum Series speakers allow audio consultants and contractors to give their customers the fullest surround sound experience – regardless of the media and technology,” says Lia Connors, M&S product specialist.

easy to sell

M&S has taken all the advanced features of its MNCS mini-cube system and then further enhanced them to produce this all-new Platinum Series that delivers remarkable design engineering, exemplary sound quality and – for audio retailers and contractors – an easy sell.

The Platinum Series begins with M&S 3-inch Mini-Cube speakers. These 100-watt speakers – available in white or black – can be freestanding or mounted on walls or ceilings. Dual-pivoting provides optimum sound coverage in any room – regardless of size or shape. Now add an acoustically matched center channel speaker and a freestanding, down-firing subwoofer that provides a powerful, 100-watt amplifier and adjustable crossover – from 40Hz to 140Hz. All come with advanced MDF enclosures and shielded speaker magnets.

meeting the demand

“Whether you’re trying to achieve the most subtle ambience or roof-raising crescendos, no speakers deliver like M&S Platinum – for discriminating listeners who will settle for no less than the best. And that’s why our Platinum Series speakers will also appeal to audio retailers and contractors who have to meet this demand,” Connors points out.

For more than 40 years M&S Systems has been the industry leader in designing and manufacturing the finest home systems for analog and digital communications, music and home theater.


M&S Systems unveils AirVac BV2000 Builders Kit

DALLAS, Texas – March 10, 2003 – Now there’s an affordable alternative that delivers incredible cleaning power for smaller homes, townhouses and apartments. The M&S Systems AirVac BV2000KIT – the newest addition to the M&S AirVac line – is specifically designed for homes under 2,400 square feet.

The BV2000KIT central vacuum system delivers two to three times more power to lift out dirt, dust mites and animal dander from rugs, drapes and furniture upholstery. AirVac then vents it all outside – safely, quietly, permanently to eliminate this health risk to your family. This means whole house cleaning convenience and promotes healthier indoor living.

“The addition of the BV2000KIT to the AirVac line is everything you will need for easy, effective, affordable whole house cleaning,” said Anna Stamatelatos, Product Manager. “This complete home cleaning system includes the vacuum unit, hose, electric carpet brush and tool kit, and three replacement bags and filter, all backed by a two-year warranty.”

The BV2000KIT can be used to clean any surface or material in your home. Simply plug the hose into one of the inlets conveniently located throughout your home and experience the power of AirVac.

M&S will display the BV2000KIT at the upcoming ISC show March 26-28 in Las Vegas. Please stop by booth #23060S for a demo. Or, for more information on how the M&S BV2000KIT can help your customers breathe easier, call M&S Systems’ toll free line at 800/877-6631.

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, M&S Systems has been an industry leader in the manufacture and design of built-in, electronic home amenities for nearly 50 years. M&S is renowned for applying technology, style and value to its diverse line of products that help to enrich the enjoyment of the home, including central vacuum systems as well as analog and digital music/communication systems, home theater surround sound systems, and structured wiring.


M&S Systems unveils ZV3500 Gold Series Bagless Central Vacuum System

DALLAS, Texas – July 26, 2002 – A man’s home is his castle? Not to dust.

“Today’s homes are built tighter than ever to conserve energy. But the trade-off is poor ventilation, which adds significantly to indoor pollutants,” says Gary Baker, M&S director of marketing.

He points to an EPA study, which shows the typical six-room house collects 40 pounds of dust a year (“although many parents believe their kids could contribute that in a week,” Baker adds). “And that doesn’t include dust mites, fungi, molds or any other allergen that contaminates both home and lungs. In fact, EPA studies conclude with a scary statistic: Being inside your home exposes you to 3 to 5 times the pollutant levels you would face when outdoors – and you spend 65 percent of your time indoors – 90 percent in winter!”

The easiest way to minimize your customers’ exposure to the pollutants in their own homes is to eliminate them with a central vacuum system, which delivers two to three times more power to lift out dirt, dust mites and animal dander from rugs, drapes and furniture upholstery. AirVac then vents it all outside – safely, quietly, permanently to eliminate this proven health risk.

“That’s why M&S Systems is introducing the ZV3500 – the newest and most convenient version of the M&S Gold Series AirVac line of central vacuum systems,” says Lia Connors, M&S product specialist. She points out that no traditional vacuum cleaner can match the cleaning power of a central vacuum system.

a filter to protect people

“The filter of any traditional vacuum is designed to protect the motor – not people – from dust. Our AirVac is designed to protect the home’s inhabitants,” Connors adds. The ultimate in dust protection is the M&S Gold Series, the most advanced central vacuum system.

“When selling your customers on an easy-to-install M&S central AirVac system, you’re providing them with more than a dust-free home environment. You’re offering them a full menu of persuasive reasons to buy the ZV3500,” says Baker.

Connors points to the “convenience of never having to replace a disposable bag. Longer carpet and furniture life. The versatility of easy-to-change accessories for cleaning all home surfaces: carpet, rugs, upholstery, drapes, floors, mini-blinds – even the insides of cars. A quieter home because the compact central unit is located outside the living area to reduce noise. And the peace of mind that comes with the M&S AirVac Gold Series’ unique, 10-year, no- fault warranty.”

The ZV3500 also offers soft-start motor control to reduce wear on the motor brushes and a noise-reducing exhaust muffler for ultra-quiet vacuuming. Like all M&S Gold Series AirVacs, the ZV3500 filters out dust particles as small as 0.1 microns. High-tech “smart” features – an electronic LED light on the power unit to tell you when the power is on, the motor needs servicing and the six-gallon receptacle needs emptying – are standard. The ZV3500 can be combined with the extensive line of AirVac accessories to deliver the ultimate in central vacuum systems.

For more information on how the M&S ZV3500 can help your customers breathe easier, call M&S Systems’ toll free line at 800/877-6631.

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, M&S Systems has been an industry leader in the manufacture and design of built-in, electronic home amenities for nearly 50 years. M&S is renowned for applying technology, style and value to its diverse line of products that help to enrich the enjoyment of the home, including central vacuum systems as well as analog and digital music/communication systems, home theater surround sound systems, and structured wiring.

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