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Detention Device Systems has over thirty five years of design and manufacturing experience in the highly specialized field of Detention Equipment Metal Fabrications. Since the company's inception, the primary product line has been sliding door locking devices, tool resisting grillwork, and related steel furnishings for the correctional construction market.

While the financial nucleus of the company continues to be the manufacturing operation, the growth into the services which relate to the installation and field support of manufactured goods has been providing significant revenues in recent years..


From 1974 until 1985, DDS fabricated sliding door devices exclusively for Universal Security Products of Hayward, California. While Universal is still one of our customers, the company has been marketing the product line under the DDS trade name for over thirty years. The current product line for equipment which is designed and manufactured by the company includes:

Sliding Door Locking Devices

Tool Resisting Steel Grating

Mesh Panel Systems

Detention Furniture

Detention Accessories

Security Ceiling Systems

Hollow Metal Specialties

Stainless Steel Specialties


DDS Construction Services is a division of Detention Device Systems. The company is a licensed Specialty Contractor in California, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington and is processing applications for licensing in all the states which require licensing for their Detention Equipment contracting specialty.

In the Western states, DDS Construction Services packages all of the equipment which is typically specified in Section 11190 to submit competitive bids on the material and installation of the specialized security products. The company is a factory authorized installer and warrantor of the major Detention Hardware manufacturers' products. A partial listing of our completed projects and references is in the lower section of this resume.

DDS is also a licensed low and high voltage Electrical Contractor in California, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington and is processing applications for licensing in all the states which require licensing. On projects where the SECURITY ELECTRONICS are a part of the Section 11190 work, the company acquires the component package from an approved integrator to bid the entire detention section as a single source supplier / erector. This concept provides the architects with continuity of responsibility through the submittal phase. The tried and proven concept also provides a smoother job for General Contractors and the best warranty service for the end user.

The company has three CAD work stations which generate Engineering drawings for submittals for architectural approval as well as the fabrication details which are necessary for shop production. All stations are Dell Computers operating AutoCAD Release 2008 programs. The Engineering production activity serves all divisions of Detention Device Systems.


President & CEO - Steven R. Allington founded the business in February 1970 and owns 100% of the stock in the privately held company. Functions as Senior Engineer and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Allington has more than forty years experience in the design, fabrication and installation of Detention Equipment.

Vice President / Operations - Tom G. Heath has been employed by Southern Steel Company , Adtec and Universal Security Products in management positions since 1969. Mr. Heath has over Forty years experience in the design, fabrication, and installation of Detention Equipment and joined DDS in 1991.

Production Manager - Ronald Blair has been with the company since 1973. Responsible for scheduling all manufacturing projects and supervising of all shop personnel.

Quality Assurance Manager - Dan Breuner joined the company in 1976 and is responsible for conducting the specified testing of materials and documenting the results. He is a Level 2 Inspector authorized to certify material in accordance with specification MIL 278-F.


Headquarters: Detention Device Systems operates from a building owned by Steve Allington in Hayward, California. The facility is a Tilt-up Concrete building with over 26,000 square feet of manufacturing space and 4,000 square feet of office space. Manufacturing operations currently utilize 80% of available space. The remaining 20% is for assembly and parts storage.

Equipment: Steve Allington owns all of the machinery, furnishings and fixtures at this location and has no long term debt on the building or the equipment.

Banking: Detention Device Systems has been established with Wells Fargo Bank.

Bonding: Commercial credit and bonding is all secured by the owner, Steve Allington, corporately and individually.



Sandoval County Jail

Bernalillo, New Mexico



State Correctional Facility

Dayton, Texas



State Correctional Center

Sheridan, Illinois


Central Reception Center - Birch Living Unit

Chino, California



Norfolk County Jail

Dedham, Massachusetts


Los Angeles County Children's Court

Monterey Park, California



Inyo County Jail

Independence, California



1024 / 400 Bed Correctional Facility

Airway Heights, Washington


Yuba County Jail

Marysville, California


Colusa County Jail

Colusa, California



Tulare County Jail Renovation

Visalia, California



Del Norte County Jail Additions & Renovations

Crescent City, California


Cell Deck "O" Hardware Upgrade

San Luis Obispo, California


Sliding Door Retrofit Program Santa Rita

Dublin, CA



Heman G. Stark Security Door Remodel

Chino, CA


S.C.I. Pittsburg Remodel

Pittsburg, PA


See New Construction for more projects


For the ten year period 1975 / 1985 DDS manufactured and tested over 4000 Locking Devices for Universal Security Products. The following is a list of the more significant projects.


Spring Creek Corrections Center 1985                       73

Seward, Alaska


Arapahoe County Justice Center 1985                       440

Englewood, Colorado


CDC Men's Unit 1984                                                  400

Chino, California


Washington State Corrections Ctr 1983                    141

Clallam Bay, Washington


Walla Walla Penitentiary 1983                                   100

Walla Walla, Washington


New Mexico State Penitentiary 1982                        323

Santa Fe, New Mexico


Re locatable Detention Facility 1982                        138

Pompano Beach, Florida


Ventura County Detention Facility 1978                   475

Ventura, California


New Mexico State Penitentiary 1978                       260

Santa Fe, New Mexico


Colorado State Penitentiary 1978                             376

Canon City, Colorado