Summit Acquires A-1 Fire Equipment, Expanding into Texas


Summit Companies

SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA – Summit Companies, a premier fire life safety company, announced it has acquired A-1 Fire Equipment Co., Inc. (“A-1 Fire Equipment”) in Houston, TX. The purchase is a strategic geographic expansion of Summit’s existing fire protection, life safety and consulting business. Summit Companies currently operates branch offices in the states of Arizona, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, and Wisconsin and performs work across the United States.

Summit Companies will retain the management, staff and service technicians of A-1 Fire Equipment. The current Houston office of A-1 Fire Equipment, will become a new branch office for Summit Companies operating under the A-1 National Fire Co. subsidiary.

“Summit’s entry into Texas is in direct alignment with the company’s growth plan to expand nationally,” stated Summit CEO, Jeff Evrard. “Establishing a presence in Texas, not only demonstrates Summit’s continued commitment to our customers and expanding our customer base, but also complements our existing southwest service base in Arizona and Nevada.”

A-1 Fire Equipment roots date back to 1967 when Kevin Coggin’s step-father, Ward Cooper established the company with a focus on sales and service of portable fire extinguishers. In 1978, Kevin joined the business spending time in various roles and capacities prior to assuming leadership of the business in 1985. Under Kevin’s guidance A-1 Fire Equipment has grown significantly, adding new products and services.

“On behalf of A-1 Fire Equipment, we’re thrilled to be joining Summit Companies and are looking forward to an exciting future,” stated Kevin Coggin. “A-1 Fire has been serving the Greater Houston area for over 50 years selling and servicing fire extinguishers, pre-engineered systems, engineered systems and fire alarm. In partnership with Summit, we’re eager to share with our customers and future customers an expanded fire life safety product offering and continue serving the metro area for another 50 years and beyond.”

Today, A-1 Fire Equipment is a full service fire protection company offering fire extinguishers, extinguishing agents, pre-engineered kitchen, industrial and vehicle suppression systems, special hazard suppression systems, fire alarm and monitoring services. The company also provides high-pressure cylinder testing and refilling in addition to fire training, design/installation services along with service, repair and inspections of fire equipment.

With the additional resources of Summit Companies, the company plans to expand its offering by adding complementary fire life safety services including fire sprinklers and fire protection consulting services.

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