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CPI breaks ground on headquarters expansion, will add 300 employees

N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory (right) talks to CPI founder and CEO Ken Gill (center) and U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson at the groundbreaking ceremony Friday at the company’s headquarters on Sandy Porter Road.
N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory (right) talks to CPI founder and CEO Ken Gill (center) and U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson at the groundbreaking ceremony Friday at the company’s headquarters on Sandy Porter Road.

CPI Security Systems kicked off the expansion of its Charlotte corporate headquarters Friday, the first step in a major growth plan that includes hiring an additional 300 people over the next two years.

Gov. Pat McCrory, U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), company CEO Ken Gill and the Carolina Panthers’ Jordan Gross attended the groundbreaking ceremony at CPI’s headquarters on Sandy Porter Road.

“This little company that started in Florida and moved to Charlotte for its headquarters is now growing throughout the Southeast,” McCrory said. CPI is adding “300 new jobs and still giving back to North Carolina, still giving back to the Charlotte community.”

Choate Construction will build CPI’s 120,000-square-foot new facility adjacent to its current headquarters off I-485. The new building will have facilities for training, research, and development, as well as CPI’s central station that monitors alarm events, according to a statement from the company.

The security company’s new building will be hurricane- and blast-resistant, Gill said.

“We want to be prepared for the future,” he said.

Among other amenities, the building will have a fitness center and dining facilities. The project is designed by architect Steve Schmitt of Merriman Schmitt Architects Inc. and managed by IHG Realty.

CPI, with 540 employees in Charlotte, provides security alarms and services that allow people to watch live video of their homes on cell phones and watches.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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