TSS’s CEO Jim Richards appeared as a guest on “Focus on Business,” a show dedicated to the small businesses of Michigan. During his conversation with show host Lisa Ellen Smith, Jim shared how Total Security Solutions has shifted production in order to meet the nationwide demand for sneeze guards as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the past 15 years, TSS has provided bullet-resistant safety solutions to businesses across Michigan and the country. As the country goes back to work and faces a new normal, businesses are looking to add an extra layer of protection between the essential service providers and the community. Watch the episode here to learn how TSS is rising to meet the challenges businesses are facing with the production of their new VirusGuard™ Mobile and Fixed Barrier products, which were created to reduce the spread of viruses and help keep essential employees safe.
Total Security Solutions Expanding Michigan Manufacturing with Grand Opening of New Facility
Fowlerville, Mich. Thursday, June 6, 2019 – Michigan-based manufacturer, Total Security Solutions, celebrated the completion of their new facility with a grand opening. The event was well attended by clients, vendors, friends, local dignitaries, and members of the press.
The event included a press conference, hosted by CEO Jim Richards, that was followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony and refreshments. “This new facility significantly increases TSS’s manufacturing capabilities and is a milestone in the company’s on-going strategy for growth.” said Richards, “It’s an honor to serve our customers and our community. We have big plans for the future, and this new facility is a vital part of reaching our goals.”
Located just down the road from the previous space, the new facility doubles TSS’s manufacturing and administrative capabilities. Throughout their history, TSS’s goal has been to strive for perfection in every single bulletproof glass, door, and custom installation project. This new space will allow them to better serve their customers and is a key part of their ongoing national expansion.
TSS is dedicated to being a family-first community, where employees work together to achieve their common goals. Their perseverance and dedication to quality has made them a major contributor to the Michigan manufacturing industry. TSS is proud to serve the local community and they are excited to continue building their brand across the nation.
CEO of Total Security Solutions, Jim Richards, accepts John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year (Small Tier) Award
Lansing, Mich. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 – On behalf of his company, Total Security Solutions (TSS), CEO Jim Richards accepted the John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year (Small Tier) Award at the Michigan Manufacturers Association – MFG Excellence Awards ceremony. The event was held at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, on the campus of MSU.
Richards, a former EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, was proud to accept the award on behalf of his entire staff, as it signifies their contributions and growth performance as a part of the Michigan Manufacturing industry.
Together they have built TSS to be a family-first community, where employees work together to achieve their common goals. “Total Security Solutions stopped being about me the day I founded it. This is a business that should outlive me and be a part of this community for generations. That’s the ultimate goal.” says Richards.
A multiple-year listee on the Inc. 5000 list, TSS is proud to once again be recognized for its efforts. Under Richard’s leadership, TSS’s goal is to strive for perfection on every single bulletproof glass, door and custom installation project. Since day one, that has been TSS’ mindset—no matter the industry or economic challenges. Through their perseverance, TSS is now recognized as a growing contributor to the Michigan manufacturing industry, and they could not be more proud of it.
As part of their continued growth strategy, TSS is expanding and moving into a brand new facility in the spring of 2019. Planting their roots even deeper in Fowlerville, the new facility is located just down the road from their current facility, and will double their manufacturing and administrative space.
Crain’s Detroit Business List
40 Under 40, November 2015
Our own Jim Richards was named to Crain’s Detroit Business list of 40 Under 40 for 2015.
Crain’s 40 Under 40 began in 1991 as a way to honor young professionals in Southeast Michigan who have made their marks before age 40. This year’s winners launched successful companies, grew established firms, took on high-pressure projects and gave a hand to those in the community.
Honorees were recognized at a November event held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit. The event celebrated the high quality of talent found in Michigan. Several members of the TSS team were on hand to share in Jim’s special evening.
Click here to read more about the award.
Michigan Business Network
The team at TSS is very proud to announce that our CEO, Jim Richards, was invited back to the radio show Business Beat on December 11, 2014 to speak with host Chris Holman. Jim made his first visit to the show in 2012 after being selected as one of the “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” by Michigan Celebrates Small Business.
During the interview, Jim discusses key elements believed to be integral to Total Security Solutions’ success. Specific topics include:
- How and why Total Security Solutions was started
- How the company survived a major recession
- Reasons for steady growth seen over the last four years
Click here to read more about the podcast.
Diversity Beyond Banks is Company’s Way to Grow, August 2011
Total Security Solutions was featured in a Detroit Free Press article highlighting our successful growth and diversification into markets outside of banking.
The article captures our goal quite nicely when it states, “The firm prides itself on its ability to make a business more secure yet still inviting for customers and employees. That means spending a lot of time designing the right system for a workplace and using different kinds of materials, instead of using a cookie-cutter approach.”
Read more about how Total Security Solutions got started and continues to succeed in the bulletproof glass manufacturing business.
“Keep Out”, Season 16, May 2010
The crew of Modern Marvels, a History channel documentary show, spent a day at our facility in Fowlerville, Michigan filming and conducting interviews for a special on bank security. The episode addressed all aspects of bank security, but Total Security Solutions was the only company featured regarding the incorporation of bulletproof glass.
Our CEO, Jim Richards, spent the day showing the Modern Marvels crew around our facility and walking the crew through the bulletproof glass barrier manufacturing process. We discussed the most common bullet-resistant barriers, including arch window and baffle window systems. We also demonstrated how a bullet-resistant barrier system goes from a single sheet of bullet-resistant transparency – either acrylic, polycarbonate, glass-clad polycarbonate or bulletproof glass – to a complete bullet-resistant barrier. Using a computer-driven manufacturing process, we’re able to take a precise architectural CAD drawing and output all the required system components to their exact specifications.