Company Purchases Businesses in Western, Eastern and Southeastern Michigan
SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA — Summit Companies, a premier fire and life safety company, announced it has completed the purchase of Clark Fire & Safety, Inc. (“Clark Fire”) in Owosso, MI, Mid-Michigan Fire & Safety Supply, Inc. (“Mid-Michigan Fire”) in Greenville, MI, and Providence Fire Protection, Inc. d/b/a VanEx Fire Systems (“VanEx Fire Systems”) in Luna Pier, MI. These acquisitions are a strategic geographic expansion of Summit’s existing fire protection, life safety and consulting business in the state of Michigan. Summit Companies currently has branch offices in the states of Arizona, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, and Wisconsin and performs work across the United States.
Clark Fire was founded in 1989 by Edward Clark and focused on portable extinguisher sales and service. Edward’s son David became the second generation owner of the business in 2006 and expanded Clark Fire’s offering to include industrial and kitchen suppression systems and fire sprinklers.
Gary Templar established Mid-Michigan Fire in 1997 and focused on fire extinguisher and kitchen suppression system sales and service to commercial and institutional customers in western Michigan. Mid-Michigan will be integrated into Summit’s Mount Pleasant, MI branch office.
Established by John Van Develde in 1977, VanEx Fire Systems initially provided fire extinguisher sales and service. Matt Miklovic purchased the business in 1997 and quickly expanded the product offering by adding carbon dioxide and clean agent systems, detection & control hardware, special hazard suppression and fire alarm systems to more broadly serve its commercial, industrial and institutional customers.
Summit Companies will retain the staff and technicians of Clark Fire, Mid-Michigan Fire and VanEx Fire Systems. The current offices of Clark Fire in Owosso, MI and VanEx Fire Systems in Luna Pier, MI will become new branch offices for Summit Companies.
“The addition of Clark Fire, Mid-Michigan Fire and VanEx Fire Systems creates the opportunity to offer those organizations’ customers an expanded, full range of fire life safety products and services,” said Jeff Evrard, CEO of Summit Companies. “The expansion of Summit Companies’ footprint in Michigan is in direct alignment with the company’s growth strategy to expand coverage within the state. Additionally, the office in Luna Pier will service the company’s expanding customer base in the state of Ohio.”