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Linear LLC Unifies Brands

New single-brand strategy will make it easier for dealers and installers to order multiple products from the same source.

Carlsbad, CA–Linear LLC has launched a new consolidated brand initiative. Effective immediately, all of the companys products will be offered under a single Linear label. To help unify the companys brand identity as a single resource for access, security, and home wiring products, Linear also will be adopting a new positioning strategy, Building on Innovation.

This announcement extends an ongoing strategy to strengthen Linears position in the residential and commercial home technologies markets. For more than a decade, Linear has been acquiring companies with complementary product brands, such as M&S Systems, Open House, AllStar, and ChannelPlus. These acquired brands will now simply be known as Linear. The new single-brand strategy will make it easier for dealers and installers to order multiple products from the same source and build more credit with the
company by extending purchases across multiple product lines.

The new branding strategy affects all the Linear product lines, including
ChannelPlus distributed AV systems, Open House residential structured wiring products, M&S Systems intercom and home speaker systems, AirVac central vacuum cleaners, OSCO residential and commercial gate and door operators and controllers, and AllStar radio control and wireless garage door operators. Although the model numbers of existing products will not change, the entire catalog now will be offered under a single Linear umbrella brand.

We have been expanding our product offerings through acquisition, to the
point where many of our installers and dealers dont realize they can now
meet most of their security, wiring and installation needs using Linear
products, said Chuck Stevens, vice president of marketing for Linear LLC.
By consolidating our brands, we can offer our distributors, dealers, and
installers one-stop shopping with simplified ordering and offer incentives
across a wider range of products. Our objective is to make Linear a
household name when it comes to residential and commercial technology.

To educate the market, Linear also is launching a new integrated marketing
campaign to promote its new positioning, Building on Innovation. The
campaign will highlight how Linears diverse product line is opening new
possibilities for homeowners seeking the latest in centralized wiring,
security, garage door openers, central vacuum systems, and other enabling
technologies. The campaign also will target contractors, home system
dealers, and installers to educate them about the advantages of carrying a
consolidated Linear product offering.

The new Linear strategy will be implemented in 2008. Distributors and
dealers can expect to eventually see new packaging, catalogs and sales
collateral that reflect the new consolidated product brand.