New Ala. Law Requires Locked Grease Traps – LockDown is a Solution

The Sadie Grace Andrews Act took effect June 1 across Alabama. The new law requires all commercial establishments with publicly-accessible grease traps to secure them by Dec. 1, 2018. The law was passed in response to the tragic death of a 3-year-old girl after she fell through the plastic cover of a grease trap outside an ice cream shop.

The LockDown device provides a simple and effective solution for businesses to comply with the law. The penalty is $100 a day for every day a grease trap is not secured. Call us today to talk about how the LockDown or LockDown XP can secure your grease trap or manhole.

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The LockDown (shown here) or the LockDown XP secure grease traps and manholes. One-person installation takes five minutes or less.

Olympics mark LockDown’s 20th year


As the Olympics are about to kick off in Rio, Atlantans are reminiscing about hosting the 1996 games. How is it possible that was 20 years ago? That means we mark another 20th anniversary: the birth of LockDown Inc., born from a need to secure manholes within the Olympic ring.

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It began with our president, David L. Barton. In 1973, he founded Barton Southern, a specialty construction company that repaired underground infrastructure. The company was known for the quality of its work, innovation and ability to solve problems. One of its best customers was BellSouth, now AT&T, which owned most of the communications cabling covering the metro Atlanta area.

The opportunity

Because of Barton Southern’s reputation for problem-solving, BellSouth approached Barton in 1996 to help solve a pressing problem: BellSouth’s miles of critical communications infrastructure would be vital to a successful Olympics. They worried that terrorists might access their underground vaults via manholes and cut cables to disrupt communications.

Finding a solution

A team at Barton Southern went to work to find a solution. They designed and produced a number of prototype LockDown™ devices. Ultimately some 700 manhole security devices were installed prior to the lighting of the Olympic cauldron. The LockDown™ devices did their job. LockDown Inc. was born.

The legacy

Since then, more than 70,000 patented LockDown™ devices have been installed worldwide. They secured two Super Bowls and are in place at technology and communication companies, universities, manufacturing facilities, airports and municipalities. More than 150 military bases, embassies, the Pentagon and the White House all trust LockDowns to stay secure.

We remain solutions-oriented and innovative. The LockDown product line has expanded to solve other access problems. Thank you to all of our clients and contractors for 20 years of success and counting!

LockDown devices secure manholes at Super Bowl site

Problem: Super Bowl 50 drew worldwide media and many more fans than the 68,500 that Levi’s Stadium can hold. The event was also a tall order from logistical and security perspectives. Unsecured manholes in Santa Clara, California, posed a threat to event security and communications continuity.

Solution: More than 50 LockDown devices were installed to minimize that threat. The device sits inside manholes under the cover to prevent unauthorized access. They have been installed in military bases worldwide, at the Pentagon, in airports, telecomm areas, data centers and retail areas.

The device was developed for and used to secure the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. It is made of corrosion- and tamper-resistant, 12-gauge stainless steel, with no moving parts. It is fast and easy to install, and includes a lock guard and simple removal with the key. Modification of the manhole is typically not required.

Result: They have a success rate of 99.99 percent across more than 70,000 installs in some of the world’s most sensitive areas. This was the second Super Bowl secured with the LockDown device. 866/399-2512; www.lockdowninc.com.


As originally published in the April 2016 issue of Municipal Sewer & Water Magazine. You can view the original post here.