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Tech Firm Inspiron Gains Investment

Monday, January 07, 2008

Provided by Crain's Cleveland Business
Written by Chuck Soder

A Cuyahoga Falls company that makes a text message-based emergency alert system has received a $400,000 investment from venture development organization JumpStart Inc. of Cleveland.

Inspiron Logistics Corp. will use the money to continue to add features to its Wireless Emergency Notification System and to increase marketing of the product, according to information from JumpStart.

The system allows organizations to alert large numbers of people during an emergency using text messages sent over cell phones.

Inspiron Logistics began selling the system in 2006 and already has customers that include universities and city governments. The company shifted most of its resources toward serving colleges after the deadly April 2007 shooting spree at Virginia Tech, which sent colleges scrambling to implement text message alert systems.

Inspiron Logistics president Scott Dettling did not return a phone message left Monday afternoon.

Mr. Dettling said in an October 2007 interview that Inspiron was scheduled to begin selling the system to companies in November 2007. Businesses can use the system not only to alert workers during emergencies, but also to alert distributors and retailers to pull products off the shelves during recalls.