Summit Companies Acquires A-1 National Fire of Nevada

August 26, 2018

8/1/18

Summit Companies

SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA — Summit Companies, a premier fire and life safety specialist company, announced that it has completed the purchase of A-1 National Fire Co. of Las Vegas, Nevada. This acquisition is a strategic geographic expansion of Summit’s existing fire protection, life safety and consulting business. Summit Companies currently has locations in the states of Arizona, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin and performs work across the United States.

“Summit’s entry into Nevada is in direct alignment with the company’s growth strategy to expand nationally,” stated Summit CEO, Jeff Evrard. “Establishing a presence in Southern Nevada, not only demonstrates Summit’s continued commitment to our customers and to client service excellence, but also expands the organization’s presence in the southwest by complementing our presence in Arizona.”

“We are excited to join the Summit family. As we looked for the right partner to continue our journey it was important to find a partner whose core values aligned with ours,” stated A-1 National Fire Co. Cofounder and President, Ken Young. “Summit is that partner, being prepared, family first, accountable, and a company with high integrity are all important values we both share.”

The company’s roots date back to 1978 when co-owner Mervyn (Merv) Loughmiller started working for a family friend that owned a small fire extinguisher business in Hawaii. In 1991, Merv moved to Las Vegas and started National Fire Protection Company and subsequently purchased a sprinkler company in 2003 renaming the business A-1 National Fire Company. Co-owner Ken Young entered the fire protection business in 1996. In 2003, Ken and his wife Tiffany founded All American Fire to focus on sales and service of portable extinguishers and pre-engineered suppression systems. Ken and Merv merged their businesses in 2006 and renamed the company A-1 National Fire Co.

Today, A-1 National Fire Co. offers the following fire protection and life safety services: fire alarm installation, inspection & repair, kitchen range-hood suppression systems installation, inspection & repair, kitchen exhaust cleaning, fire extinguisher sales, service & installation, fire extinguisher training classes, fire hydrant inspections, testing & repair, back-flow preventer inspections, testing & repairs, fire pump weekly/monthly runs & annual maintenance, and total flood system installation, inspection & repair (halon, alternative clean agents, dry chemical systems, foam systems, CO2 systems). With the additional resources of Summit Companies, the company plans to expand its offering by adding complementary fire life safety services.

About Summit Companies
Summit Companies is a premier Midwest regional Fire Life Safety (FLS) specialist company, with an expanding national presence. The company has expertise across the entire spectrum of fire and life safety categories including: fire extinguishers, extinguishing agents, pre-engineered kitchen, industrial and vehicle suppression systems, special hazard fire protection, fire sprinkler systems, fire alarm and security systems and monitoring. Committed to the design, installation, maintenance, and monitoring of these specialist FLS systems, Summit Companies is also engaged in the practice of fire protection engineering and risk management consultancy. Summit’s success is driven by its people. The company is a culture-first organization that is committed to client service, diversity of capabilities and technical excellence. Summit Companies is owned by management and CI Capital Partners. Learn more at: www.SummitCoUS.com

For more information, contact:
Dave Pelton
Sr. Director, Marketing
Summit Companies
Tel: +1 651 288 0681
Email: dpelton@summitcous.com

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Tri State Fire Sued for Damages

July 31, 2018

Firefighters respond in 2015 to a fire at the Gas Light Co. restaurant in downtown Portsmouth. [Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline, file]

6/1/18

By Elizabeth Dinan
Seacoastonline

PORTSMOUTH — Contractors blamed in a federal lawsuit for a massive 2015 fire at the Portsmouth Gas Light Co. argued in court filings that restaurant employees were responsible for the blaze that caused more than $1.7 million in damage.

The Patriot and Harleysville insurance companies filed suit against Tri State Hood and Duct, its affiliate Tri State Fire Protection, and Portsmouth Steam of Rye. The insurers claim fire damage at the Gas Light was “caused by the gross negligence, negligence, carelessness and/or negligent acts” by the contractors, who were paid to inspect, maintain and clean the restaurant’s commercial kitchen hood and ducts prior to the fire.

Originally filed as separate lawsuits and now consolidated as one, the litigation seeks to recover the insurers’ costs for claims paid to the Gas Light. In a May 29 filing to the court, by all the parties, it is reported that the Harleysville insurance company paid more than $1 million and Patriot paid more than $750,000 in fire-related claims. The court has assigned the dispute to its “complex” docket and scheduled a trial date of Jan. 22, 2020.

In the newly filed joint discovery plan, the court notes Tri State Hood has reported it worked for the Gas Light to clean kitchen hoods and ducts, but was terminated more than seven months before the fire. The company further contends “the fire was caused by the negligent acts or omissions” of Gas Light employees, “including its kitchen staff.”

Tri State Fire denies liability and informed the court it inspected the Gas Light’s fire-suppression system July 17, 2015, when the system passed the inspection. That company, as well as Portsmouth Steam, alleges the fire was caused by negligence or omissions by Gas Light staff.

Fire Chief Steve Achilles told the Herald, the day of the fire, the blaze started in a duct for a wood-fired oven and burned up through the roof.

Four months after the fire, Gas Light owner Paul Sorli said he had insurance protection for six months of business losses, including keeping his managers on the payroll, while the business was closed. When he reopened a year after the fire, Sorli said it took 12 months, $2.5 million and help from restaurant staff, contractors and a local bank to get the building repaired and the business reopened. Sorli also said the fire suppression system for the wood-fired stove failed to activate.

The original story can be found here.


Trump Targets HFC227 In Chinese Trade War

July 24, 2018

 

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Summit Companies Expands into Midwest – Acquires Michigan Office from Koorsen

July 24, 2018

7/8/18

Summit Companies

SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA — Summit Companies, a premier fire and life safety specialist company, announced it has completed the purchase of the Mount Pleasant, Michigan and Traverse City, Michigan branch offices from Indianapolis, Indiana-based Koorsen Fire & Security, Inc. This acquisition is a strategic geographic expansion of Summit’s existing fire protection, life safety and consulting business. Summit Companies currently has locations in the states of Arizona, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin and performs work across the United States.

“The expansion into Michigan was a natural next step to Summit’s growing national business and significantly expands the company’s commitment to client service, diversity of capabilities and technical excellence,” stated Summit CEO, Jeff Evrard. “We are thrilled to add these two vibrant office locations with experienced industry talent to our growing fire life safety business.”

The two Michigan branch offices were previously independent, long-standing fire protection companies – Northern Fire & Safety of Traverse City and Central Fire Protection of Mount Pleasant – prior to their acquisition by Koorsen. Summit acquires the experienced staff of each, which have been servicing customers throughout Michigan for over 65 years.

Summit Companies has expertise across the entire spectrum of fire and life safety categories including: fire extinguishers, extinguishing agents, pre-engineered kitchen, industrial and vehicle suppression systems, special hazard suppression systems, fire sprinkler systems, fire alarm and security systems and monitoring services.

“Jeff and the Summit management team continue to make significant progress executing their acquisition strategy by not only adding new geographic coverage, but also acquiring strong legacy companies,” said Timothy Hall, Managing Director, CI Capital Partners. “We look forward to continuing to support Summit’s growth.”

About Summit Companies
Summit Companies is a premier Midwest regional Fire Life Safety (FLS) specialist company, with an expanding national presence. The company has expertise across the entire spectrum of fire and life safety categories including: fire extinguishers, extinguishing agents, pre-engineered kitchen, industrial and vehicle suppression systems, special hazard suppression systems, fire sprinkler systems, fire alarm and security monitoring systems.

Committed to the design, installation, maintenance, and monitoring of these specialist FLS systems, Summit Companies is also engaged in the practice of fire protection engineering and risk management consultancy. Summit’s success is driven by its people. The company is a culture-first organization that is committed to client service, diversity of capabilities and technical excellence. Summit Companies is owned by management and CI Capital Partners. Learn more at: www.SummitCoUS.com

About CI Capital Partners
CI Capital Partners LLC is a leading North American private equity investment firm that has invested in middle-market companies since 1993. CI Capital forms partnerships with experienced management teams and entrepreneurs to build substantial businesses through add-on acquisitions, organic growth, and operational improvements. Since inception, CI Capital and its portfolio companies have made over 280 acquisitions representing over $9 billion in enterprise value. For more information on CI Capital Partners, please visit www.cicapllc.com.

For more information, contact:
Dave Pelton
Sr. Director, Marketing
Summit Companies
Tel: +1 651 288 0681
Email: dpelton@summitcous.com


Fike Charges into Fluoroketone Market

June 18, 2018

4/12/18

By MDM Publishing Ltd
Gulf Fire

With its recent launch of chemical clean agent FK-5-1-12, Fike International Sdn. Bhd. now features one of the most diverse and comprehensive fire suppression lineups for use in both commercial and industrial environments.

FK-5-1-12 is the most eco-friendly chemical clean agent available. It offers all the effectiveness of other chemical agent solutions but with zero ozone-depleting potential and a global warming potential of just one. Its non-conductive and non-corrosive properties make the clean agent safe to use in all environments. And little residue equals little downtime and cleanup required after discharge.

All of these properties make FK-5-1-12 one of the most sought after chemical agents of today’s special fire hazard solutions, and it is now a key asset in Fike’s product portfolio.

The Fike Difference

There are several manufacturers of FK-5-1-12 fire suppression systems. However, Fike’s FK-5-1-12 fire suppression systems offer the following distinct advantages:

  • Best-in-Class Flow – Only Fike’s FK-5-1-12 fire suppression solution comes equipped with proprietary Impulse Valve Technology. Featuring Fike’s reverse-acting Axius™ Rupture Disc, the Impulse Valve allows for a full, unrestricted flow of agent upon discharge. This results in minimal friction losses, allowing for longer pipe runs, smaller diameter pipes and greater design flexibility.
  • Cost Effective – Why pay more for less? Fike is among the lowest priced sources of FK-5-1-12 extinguishant, and, with Fike, you’re not just purchasing the chemical agent. You’re also purchasing the state-of-the-art Fike hardware and the dedicated customer service Fike is known for – at an industry-leading price.
  • Fast Acting – Upon discharge the agent fills the protected area in less than 10 seconds, suppressing fires well before damage occurs. Because it operates at pressures 40 percent greater than a standard 360 psi system, the Fike system naturally has longer flow capabilities. This provides more design flexibility, including the option to locate the system further from the protected space.
  • Custom-Fit Solutions – At its core, Fike is a problem solver. And sometimes problems are solved with multiple solutions, such as through the use of water mist, inert gases and/or chemical agents. The addition of FK-5-1-12 allows Fike the flexibility to further develop custom-fit options for virtually any application.
  • Data Centers – FK-5-1-12 is safe for electronics and requires no cleanup, making it the ideal agent for protecting data centers and other environments containing sensitive electronics.
  • Control Rooms – Because it is non-conductive and leaves behind little residue, FK-5-1-12 is the agent of choice for protecting the control rooms that manage systems in manufacturing, processing or power-producing facilities.
  • Valuable Assets – In environments like museums and historical archives, water can be as damaging as the fire it extinguishes. Fike’s FK 5-1-12 system extinguishes a fire in its most incipient stage, and is itself non-damaging to even the most sensitive materials.
  • Other Applications – Fike has helped design and outfit hundreds of organizations with custom-fit fire suppression solutions, from machine shops to medical facilities to everything in between.

Its effectiveness at quickly suppressing fires while also protecting the environment has established FK-5-1-12 as one of the most trusted chemical agents available. And now, coupled with Fike’s Impulse Valve Technology, experience and customer service, FK-5-1-12 just got even better.

Notice: Fike® FK-5-1-12 systems may not be transported through, or installed in, any of the following countries: France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, the UK, or the USA.

For more information, go to www.fk-5-1-12.com.

Original article can be found here.


Has Climate Change Run Its Course?

June 7, 2018

Illustration: David Gothard

6/4/18

By Steven F. Hayward
The Wall Street Journal

Climate change is over. No, I’m not saying the climate will not change in the future, or that human influence on the climate is negligible. I mean simply that climate change is no longer a pre-eminent policy issue. All that remains is boilerplate rhetoric from the political class, frivolous nuisance lawsuits, and bureaucratic mandates on behalf of special-interest renewable-energy rent seekers.

Judged by deeds rather than words, most national governments are backing away from forced-marched decarbonization. You can date the arc of climate change as a policy priority from 1988, when highly publicized congressional hearings first elevated the issue, to 2018. President Trump’s ostentatious withdrawal from the Paris Agreement merely ratified a trend long becoming evident.

A good indicator of why climate change as an issue is over can be found early in the text of the Paris Agreement. The “nonbinding” pact declares that climate action must include concern for “gender equality, empowerment of women, and intergenerational equity” as well as “the importance for some of the concept of ‘climate justice.’ ” Another is Sarah Myhre’s address at the most recent meeting of the American Geophysical Union, in which she proclaimed that climate change cannot fully be addressed without also grappling with the misogyny and social injustice that have perpetuated the problem for decades.

The descent of climate change into the abyss of social-justice identity politics represents the last gasp of a cause that has lost its vitality. Climate alarm is like a car alarm—a blaring noise people are tuning out.

This outcome was predictable. Political scientist Anthony Downs described the downward trajectory of many political movements in an article for the Public Interest, “Up and Down With Ecology: The ‘Issue-Attention Cycle,’ ” published in 1972, long before the climate-change campaign began. Observing the movements that had arisen to address issues like crime, poverty and even the U.S.-Soviet space race, Mr. Downs discerned a five-stage cycle through which political issues pass regularly.

The first stage involves groups of experts and activists calling attention to a public problem, which leads quickly to the second stage, wherein the alarmed media and political class discover the issue. The second stage typically includes a large amount of euphoric enthusiasm—you might call it the “dopamine” stage—as activists conceive the issue in terms of global peril and salvation. This tendency explains the fanaticism with which divinity-school dropouts Al Gore and Jerry Brown have warned of climate change.

Then comes the third stage: the hinge. As Mr. Downs explains, there soon comes “a gradually spreading realization that the cost of ‘solving’ the problem is very high indeed.” That’s where we’ve been since the United Nations’ traveling climate circus committed itself to the fanatical mission of massive near-term reductions in fossil fuel consumption, codified in unrealistic proposals like the Kyoto Protocol. This third stage, Mr. Downs continues, “becomes almost imperceptibly transformed into the fourth stage: a gradual decline in the intensity of public interest in the problem.”

While opinion surveys find that roughly half of Americans regard climate change as a problem, the issue has never achieved high salience among the public, despite the drumbeat of alarm from the climate campaign. Americans have consistently ranked climate change the 19th or 20th of 20 leading issues on the annual Pew Research Center poll, while Gallup’s yearly survey of environmental issues typically ranks climate change far behind air and water pollution.

“In the final stage,” Mr. Downs concludes, “an issue that has been replaced at the center of public concern moves into a prolonged limbo—a twilight realm of lesser attention or spasmodic recurrences of interest.” Mr. Downs predicted correctly that environmental issues would suffer this decline, because solving such issues involves painful trade-offs that committed climate activists would rather not make.

A case in point is climate campaigners’ push for clean energy, whereas they write off nuclear power because it doesn’t fit their green utopian vision. A new study of climate-related philanthropy by Matthew Nisbet found that of the $556.7 million green-leaning foundations spent from 2011-15, “not a single grant supported work on promoting or reducing the cost of nuclear energy.” The major emphasis of green giving was “devoted to mobilizing public opinion and to opposing the fossil fuel industry.”

Scientists who are genuinely worried about the potential for catastrophic climate change ought to be the most outraged at how the left politicized the issue and how the international policy community narrowed the range of acceptable responses. Treating climate change as a planet-scale problem that could be solved only by an international regulatory scheme transformed the issue into a political creed for committed believers. Causes that live by politics, die by politics.

Mr. Hayward is a senior resident scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Original article can be found here.


FSSA Strategic Plan 2017-2022

June 7, 2018