Pop-A-Lock ® was founded by former law enforcement officers in Lafayette, Louisiana in 1991. They recognized the need for a car door unlocking service while they had provided this free community service through the Sheriff's office. The increasing technological sophistication of vehicle locking and latching systems, combined with the introduction of new features such as electric controls and side-impact airbags, meant that the old solutions to being locked out-including "Slim Jims" and coat hangers-were no longer adequate or, worse, were likely to damage the vehicle. Pop-A-Lock introduced specialized tools, extensive technician training, and exhaustive vehicle research as the solution. This specialized service was quickly accepted by the public and by May of 1993 had expanded to Baton Rouge, Shreveport, and New Orleans, Louisiana.
As Pop-A-Lock continued to grow into the largest and fastest growing car door unlocking franchise in the country the company expanded during the mid-90's to provide Full Mobile Locksmith Service to commercial, residential and automotive customers. Today Pop-A-Lock is now the largest full-service locksmith and car door unlocking service in the United States.
Because Pop-A-Lock was originally started by law enforcement officers, they were aware of the traumatic and dangerous cases where infants and small children are locked in vehicles. As a result, the Emergency Door Unlocking Program, or EDU, was created as a free service to the communities we serve. Nationwide, Pop-A-Lock rescues hundreds of children each and every day!
Pop-A-Lock's value proposition and formula for success is offering
- competitive rates
- quick response
- guaranteed customer satisfaction
- unsurpassed trained and equipped locksmiths
As a result Pop-A-Lock consistently dominates its markets. Pop-A-Lock's mission is to be the best Mobile Locksmith and Lockout Technical Services (Controlled Access, Locksmith, and Car Door Unlocking Service) company in the world.
West Texas PAL, Inc. Management Team
In 1996 Noel Norwood and Mike Cannetti purchased their first two Texas franchises in Midland and Odessa. They expanded through the subsequent purchase of franchises in Lubbock (1998), Amarillo (1999), Conroe (2002) and San Angelo (2003). Wichita Falls and Lawton Fort Sill, OK are due to open in late 2013. West Texas PAL, Inc. owns and operates these eight Pop-A-Lock franchises.
Noel and Mike originally built their careers in the telecommunications industry. Noel, a native of Lafayette, LA and graduate of The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, began his career in 1978 in Houston selling telephone systems. Mike grew up in Alvin, TX and graduated from Texas A&M University. In 1979 Mike joined the same telecommunications company as Noel and began his career selling telephone systems in Austin. Eric Cowart, a native of Plains, Texas serves as Vice President of Operations and lives in Lubbock. Eric joined the company in 1999 as a lockout tech, having previously owned a successful car washing business.