Colorado Springs-based C&D Enterprises security firm was awarded an $85 million contract to protect high-profile buildings in Philadelphia.

The firm, which has been headquartered in the Springs since 1959 and employs about 650 people in several states, won a five-year contract to provide security guard services and a mix of roving armed security at dozens of locations in the city, some which require 24-hour coverage.

C&D, a family-owned security services firm, competes against large security companies across the country, said Troy Thames, C&D executive vice president.

“This is a big win for us,” he said.

The company specializes in protecting both people and their assets. Even before the terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001, the company provided security for federal buildings, White Sands Missile Range, the U.S. Treasury, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force. But, since the attacks, security has been a growing industry, Thames said.

“It’s gotten busier,” Thames said. “It’s still intense. The attitude is a terrorist only has to get lucky and get through once, but we have to catch them every time.”

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Locally, C&D provides security at a number of Wal-Mart stores in Colorado Springs and Denver.

C&D first won a contract in Philadelphia in 2007. The new award allows the company to employ 220 people in Philadelphia and represents about 40 percent of the company’s total contracts. The company has about 100 employees in Colorado Springs and about 100 in Denver. All told, the company has contracts in nine states.

“When you go into a federal building, you go through a metal detector, we man those and patrol the buildings,” Thames said. “We will be providing armed security officer services for 33 buildings in the Philadelphia.”