Business News: Roost, J.S. Held, Charles Taylor Technical Services

By Jim Sams | November 8, 2019
Roost Teams Up with Church Mutual

Roost, a Silicon Valley company that sells telematics products, has penned an agreement with Church Mutual to provide policyholders with water leak, freeze and power outage detection and alert equipment.

Church Mutual will be the first insurance company to provide members with the new commercial grade Roost Protection360 Service, the Sunnyvale, California tech company said in a press release.

“It is important to our mission to provide premier service and to go above and beyond to protect our customers,” said Rich Poirier, president and chief executive officer of Church Mutual. “The Roost Protection360 Service will do just that by protecting our policyholders’ properties and providing them with a proactive monitoring service.”

Roost said its new commercial grade wireless technology provides extended range and can protect properties up to 25,000 square feet. Detectors can be installed in less than five minutes, the company said. Policyholders will be provided a Church Mutual branded mobile app.

Church Mutual, based in Merrill, Wisconsin, insurers religious institutions, schools, colleges and universities, senior living facilities and nonprofit and human services organizations throughout the United States.

J.S. Held Buys Benchmark Consulting

J.S. Held, a global consulting firm based in Jericho, New York, announced that it has acquired Benchmark Consulting Services, a firm that specializes in contract surety, construction defect litigation, construction monitoring and disbursement control, construction claims, and construction litigation support in the Western United States.

Founded in 2000, Benchmark has experience in pre-bonding contractor analysis, early exposure analysis, post-default investigations, payment bond claim review, risk management/project support, litigation support and mediation, J.S. Held said in a press release. Benchmark is headquartered in Irvine, California and has offices in Las Vegas and Phoenix.

With a presence in California, Nevada, and Arizona, Benchmark will join the J.S. Held team of more than 800 consultants and strengthen the firm’s ability to provide local resources throughout the United States. Existing Benchmark clients will now have access to J.S. Held’s specialized services in forensic accounting; construction estimating; project and program management; construction scheduling and planning; forensic architecture and engineering; and environmental, health, and safety services.

J.S. Held was founded in 1974 and provides specialized consulting to better address complex construction, environmental, accounting, and economic matters globally. J.S. Held now has over 95 offices across the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East.

Non-Invasive Diagnostic Tool Reduces Risk

Charles Taylor Technical Services announced the launch of a diagnostic testing technology for owners and operators of critical electrical power apparatus.

The Electro-Magnetic Signature Analysis (EMSA) technology is a diagnostic program used to monitor and evaluate generators, transformers, motors, switchgear, and power cables to avoid potential system failures, CTTS said in a press release. EMSA technology is applied to fully-energized and operational electrical equipment and is performed on-line during normal operations without the need for a plant shutdown, the company said.

The company said because the technology is non-invasive, it eliminates the risk of inadvertent tripping or other adverse scenarios.

CTTS said its engineers have identified more than 70 various adverse conditions that can and often do lead to electrical breakdown and/or failure. EMSA can isolate a specific location within the system that requires attention to prevent failures, improve system reliability, and enhance outage planning for more efficient, targeted maintenance, the company says.

CTTSis a London-based unit of Charles Taylor plc, an international provider of adjusting, technical and management services to the insurance industry.

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