The 40-year-old company, which makes controls for air conditioning, security and other building systems, is the top player in its sector. So how does a business keep taking on new employees, many of them in well-paid engineering, sales and marketing jobs, as other businesses hold back, reluctant to increase their total in an economy struggling to add jobs and with state unemployment at 9.4 percent? Company executives say its secret is a mixture of innovation, a commitment to making quality products, diversification across different markets and a smart eye for where demand may move up in a down economy. "Certain parts of our business have gone down, certain parts have gone up," said Randy Klein, executive vice president and chief operating officer. "That's why, as an overall company, we have gone up. Because we are highly diversified and very broad."
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