Perimeter Solutions Acquires 3 Fire Suppression Companies in Idaho

April 30, 2019


By Perimeter Solutions

Fire Safety Global Market Leader Expands its Solutions Offering to Fire Suppression and Chemical Industries

ST. LOUIS, MO — Perimeter Solutions, the global leader in the production of fire retardants, foams, and water enhancing gels, along with a wide range of services for managing wildland, industrial, municipal, and military fires, announced it has completed the purchase of a group of companies in Post Falls, Idaho, including First Response Fire Rescue, River City Fabrication and H&S Transport.

As the manufacturer of PHOS-CHEK® Long-Term Fire Retardant, used by the USDA Forest Service, CalFire and many other fire management agencies around the world, for prevention and suppression of wildland fires, Perimeter Solutions plans to integrate the three businesses within its existing manufacturing and service ecosystem to expand its technology and solutions offering in the fire suppression sector.

First Response was established in 2003 by Shannon and Laura Horn as an independently owned and operated service company that provides equipment, field service, and distribution of parts and supplies for fire suppression operations. First Response, with a fleet of mobile equipment, is a key service supplier to the USDA Forest Service and CalFire. Since its inception, First Response, in partnership with the PHOS-CHEK business, oversees operations at more than 126 wildland fire airbases throughout the United States. The company, strategically manages and distributes equipment and fire retardant to assist in wildland fire suppression.

Established in 2009, RCF is a leading fabricator of chemical equipment, structural steel and specialty metal products. RCF is a value-add supplier of tanks and other fabricated equipment to the wildland fire market. In addition, RCF produces emergency response trucks and other firefighting systems for wildland fire management use.

H&S Transport, established in 2003, facilitates heavy equipment and transportation services for the wildland fire market and is a key service provider to Perimeter Solutions.

According to Edward Goldberg, Perimeter Solutions CEO, “These companies, added to the Perimeter Solutions family, greatly increase our ability to offer and supply our customers the products and services they need to accomplish their mission. Our goal is to help the firefighting community save lives and protect property by delivering quality products and exceptional services.”

“There is a great cultural and strategic fit with Perimeter Solutions. As we looked for the right partner to grow and expand our wildland fire management services, it was important to find a partner whose core values align with ours,” stated First Response President, Shannon Horn. “Perimeter Solutions core values of client service excellence, family first, accountability, and high integrity are values we both share.”

The companies operate out of a couple of facilities totaling 75,000 square foot under roof on eight acres of land. With multiple service bays, and dedicated staff, First Response is well respected as a one-stop shop for wildland fire suppression supplies. Perimeter Solutions will retain the management, staff and service technicians of First Response, RCF and H&S Transport. The Post Falls facilities will become a new operational site under the company’s Fire Safety Group with Shannon Horn assuming the new role of Director, Government Contracts and President of River City Fabrication.


About Perimeter Solutions
Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, Perimeter Solutions operates as a leading specialty chemicals business, producing high quality lubricant additives and firefighting chemicals with a broad product offering across fire retardant and fire suppressant foam applications. Perimeter Solutions is the only company with fire retardant products qualified for use by the US Forest Service (USFS). Perimeter Solutions produces major brands known throughout the world like PHOS-CHEK® and FIRE-TROL® retardant, foam and gel products; AUXQUIMIA® and SOLBERG® foam products; and BIOGEMA® extinguishing agents and retardants. More info:

Media Contact:
Dave Pelton
Sr. Director, Marketing
Perimeter Solutions
Tel: +1 314 705 1140

The original press release can be read here – Perimeter Solutions Acquires First Response Fire Rescue.

Protegis Acquires Maryland-based Fireguard LLC

April 30, 2019


Align Capital Partners

CLEVELAND and DALLAS -– Align Capital Partners recently launched a new brand name for its fire and life safety platform – Protegis Fire & Safety. In addition, Protegis, previously doing business as International Systems of America and ABCO Fire Protection, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Maryland-based Fireguard LLC. Like Protegis, Fireguard provides fire safety service and repair, inspection and installation services for commercial customers in a variety of end markets. On a combined basis, Protegis now does business in 45 states and employs more than 325 fire protection technicians across the country.

Founded in 1973 and family-owned and operated, Fireguard offers complete fire protection services for commercial office, multi-family residential properties and government facilities throughout the greater Baltimore-Washington DC area. “We’ve known the Fireguard team for several years and are excited to welcome them to our growing company,” said Protegis CEO Mike Epperson. “Given their reputation for service quality and technical expertise, they are a natural extension of our brand in the Mid-Atlantic and allow us to further deepen our customer density in the area.”

“The partnership with Protegis is an exciting new chapter for Fireguard’s employees and customers. We have great pride in the personal attention we’ve delivered to our customers over the decades, and we evaluated many options for our next phase of growth; Protegis’ industry-leading service culture stood out to us and will help facilitate our continued first-rate commitment to customers,” said Fireguard President Michael Bonanni.

ISA was first acquired by ACP in December 2017 and then acquired ABCO in August 2018. “With each acquisition, Protegis continues to add key talent and resources to its expanding national platform. Protegis offers customers a unique, single-source solution for installing, testing, servicing and monitoring fire and security systems and replacement parts,” said ACP Managing Partner Steve Dyke.

Protegis is actively seeking fire and life safety service providers across the United States who are interested in exploring their next phase of growth. Companies of all sizes could be a potential fit as Protegis continues to expand its geographic footprint and service capabilities. Please contact VP of Business Development Steve Smith at to discuss further.

Working with Mr. Dyke on the transaction were Operating Partner John Dupuy, Vice President Jack Parks and Associate Bill Zaccardelli.

About Protegis
Protegis provides inspection, maintenance, installation and repair services and sells new, repaired and remanufactured parts for fire and security systems and equipment. The Company’s team of professional engineers/designers and NICET-certified technicians design, install and program a wide variety of fire and security alarm brands. The Company’s national footprint and one-stop solution attract customers seeking to simplify their fire safety services spend and increase service quality through vendor consolidation. For more information, visit

About Align Capital Partners
Headquartered in Cleveland and Dallas, Align Capital Partners is a growth-oriented private equity firm that partners with business owners and management teams to create shared success. ACP brings experience, resources and a $326 million committed fund to help companies accelerate their growth, to the benefit of management, employees and the firm’s investors. ACP makes control investments in growth-oriented, lower-middle market specialty manufacturing, distribution and business services companies. For more information, visit

Media Inquiries
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The original press release can be read here – Align Capital Partners Fire Platform Covers More Ground – Acquires Fireguard.

International Systems of America (ISA) and ABCO – After Merger – Rebrand as Protegis Fire and Safety LLC

April 30, 2019


Protegis Fire & Safety

The merged company is one of the most robust in U.S. for centralized fire and life safety products, services and parts

Louisville, KY / Cleveland, OH — After two of the country’s best-known names in fire protection, suppression and alarm systems, International Systems of America and ABCO Fire Protection, announced a merger in August 2018, they have together now rebranded under one name – Protegis Fire & Safety LLC. Protegis is Latin meaning “to protect” or “to cover.” Solidifying its wide-ranging managed service capabilities, the company now has a presence in 43 states and Canada. Protegis employs more than 300 fire protection contractors and safety technicians throughout the country. The company will maintain its primary offices in Louisville, KY and Cleveland, OH. Mike Epperson is the current CEO of ISA and will serve as CEO of Protegis.

The new name, Protegis, allows the company to unify its 350 fire protection contractors, safety technicians and employees around the country under one brand. Protegis will continue to provide the same quality, attention to detail, response times and passion-to-protect its thousands of customers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The Protegis name represents the company’s three core tenets: Professional, Proactive, Protection.

“We are thrilled with our new name and feel that Protegis absolutely captures the promise that we make to our customers,” says Mike Epperson, CEO of Protegis. “We are truly a single source for installing, protecting and monitoring protection, prevention and suppression products, services and replacement parts.”

As part of the company’s rebrand, Protegis has also launched a new website, which can be found at The website provides a comprehensive overview of Protegis’ services as well as an online parts store, where parts can be ordered and are typically shipped within 24 hours.

ISA was acquired in December 2017 by Align Capital Partners, a private-equity firm with offices in Dallas and Cleveland. The ABCO merger was closed in August 2018. Protegis will continue to seek fire and life safety service providers across the United States as it continues to expand its geographic footprint and service capabilities.


About Protegis

Protegis provides inspection, maintenance, installation, and repair services and sells new, repaired, and remanufactured parts for fire and security systems and equipment. The Company’s team of professional engineers/designers and NICET-certified technicians design, install, and program a wide variety of fire and security alarm brands. The Company’s national footprint and one-stop solution attract customers seeking to simplify their fire safety services spend and increase service quality through vendor consolidation.


About Align Capital Partners

Align Capital Partners (“ACP”) is a growth-oriented private equity firm that partners with business owners and management teams to create shared success. ACP brings experience, resources and a $325 million committed fund to help companies accelerate their growth, to the benefit of management, employees and the firm’s investors. ACP makes control investments in growth-oriented, lower-middle market specialty manufacturing, distribution and business services companies. For more information, visit For Align Capital Partners related media inquiries, contact Katie Noggle at


The original press release can be viewed here – Protegis Announced as New Brand Name for Recently Merged ISA and ABCO.

Fire Extinguisher Explodes at Airport, Killing One

April 7, 2019

PHOTO: The Nation


The Thaiger

The Airport Rail Link has issued an announcement confirming that one person has died while another has sustained serious injuries and another three sustaining minor injuries in a chemical tank accident this afternoon.

A fire extinguisher exploded in a service zone inside Suvarnabhumi Airport, killing one person and injuring four others.

The Airport Rail Link statement confirmed that at 1.20pm workers were checking fire extinguishers for regular maintenance at the airport link’s Suvarnabhumi Station.

Police say staff were replacing the cylinder when it fell down from its position due to an insecure valve, and caused the fatal blast.

“We have received reports of casualties,” Provincial Police Region 1 chief Pol Lt-General Ampol Buarabporn said.

The blast scene was cordoned off. There is no report of the incident affecting the airport’s operations.


$3.6M in Meth Seized from Inside Fire Extinguishers

February 10, 2019

(Photo: Fayette County Sheriff’s Office)


CBS Austin

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office says they seized 3.6 million dollars in meth from inside fire extinguishers.

It all happened when Sgt. Thumann and his K9 partner “Kolt” stopped a Ford F-350 at 658-mile marker on Interstate 10 for a traffic violation.

After meeting with the driver, Thumann observed many familiar signs of nervous behavior and narcotics trafficking, the release says.

With the help of “Kolt,” Sgt. Thumann inspected the vehicle.

That’s when the dog alerted Thumann to the presence of illegal odor coming from a fire extinguisher in the bed of the truck.

After further investigation, a total of 4 industrial size fire extinguishers were located in the vehicle.

Approximately 34 kilos of methamphetamine was removed from inside the fire extinguishers. The meth has an estimated street value of 3.6 million dollars.

The driver, identified as 56-year-old Alfonso Ramirez from Laredo, Texas was arrested for felony drug possession and was transported to the Dan R. Beck Justice Center where he was released to jail staff.

Original story can be found here.

Hiller Turns 100

January 30, 2019


The Hiller Companies

Hiller Celebrates 100 Years of Safeguarding Lives & Protecting Property

The Hiller Companies, Inc. turns 100 this year, and the company has much to celebrate.

Founded as a single shop in 1919, Hiller began as a modest venture in New Orleans, Louisiana under the name of its owner Herbert S. Hiller. Initially, the company served to provide fire protection equipment for commercial and shipyard customers. As the business (and the need for fire suppression technology) grew, they relocated their headquarters to Mobile, Alabama and today Hiller boasts a global reach as well as over 20 offices around the United States.

Quietly working behind the scenes, the Hiller name is not always well known outside of the fire protection industry. However, Hiller systems can be found around the globe with such clients as the New York City Mass Transit Authority (MTA), the Harvard Library, The National WWII Museum, the Smithsonian, the Louvre Museum, and the Indian Navy. There is also a Hiller system on every active U.S. Navy combatant ship.

Within the fire protection industry, Hiller has grown to become a trusted worldwide leader in fire and life safety. They’ve combined sound mechanical and electrical engineering practices, decades of experience, and the latest in fire protection to create products and services of the highest level of excellence. Services include life safety protection through the design, installation, monitoring and service of fire extinguishers, fire sprinkler systems, fire suppression systems, fire alarm systems, security systems, and more.

“What makes Hiller the best of the best is our ability to design, install, and service some of the most complex fire protection systems in some of the harshest environments in the world today,” said Patrick Lynch, Hiller President and CEO. “We are able to do this through the knowledge, experience and passion of our employees. Our engineers and technicians are outstanding at what they do. Some of them have been with us for over 40 years and we have the right leadership in place to enable us to perform wherever and whenever our customers need us.”

Hiller will be celebrating its 100th anniversary at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans on April 24th, 2019.

For more information about Hiller, please visit

The Hiller Companies, Inc. offers fire protection products and services that are preserving lives and property all around the world. Headquartered in Mobile, Alabama, Hiller extends its reach globally as well as locally with offices in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia. We are proud to safeguard everything from small businesses to nuclear testing facilities, yachts to aircraft carriers, and gas stations to offshore platforms.
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Lawsuit Against Fike Claims Fire Alarm Not Loud Enough

January 28, 2019


By Jeannie O’Sullivan

A New Jersey-based chemical company on Tuesday urged the Third Circuit to undo a finding that its consumer fraud claims against two fire suppression system makers actually fell under product liability law, arguing the $5 million in damages it incurred from an explosion stemmed from the companies’ false claims about the effectiveness of a fire alarm.

Sun Chemical Corp. filed New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act claims, and not claims under the state’s Product Liability Act, against Fike Corp. and Suppression Systems Inc. because they allegedly misrepresented the effectiveness of their alarm, a Sun Chemical attorney told a three-judge panel sitting in Philadelphia for oral arguments. The company wants to reverse a New Jersey federal judge’s dismissal of the suit.

Sun Chemical claims the alarm system wasn’t loud enough to be heard by the employees of its East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S. Ink facility the day the facility exploded in October 2012. The PLA only applies to claims for bodily injury or property damage to a plaintiff caused by a defective product or warning, Sun Chemical contends.

However, the “vast majority” of its damages constituted economic losses merely consequential to the bodily injury to its employees, which led to costly lawsuits and regulatory inspections, according to Sun Chemical. The explosion left the facility permanently inoperable.

“We have suffered purely economical losses,” Lance J. Kalik of Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP, representing Sun Chemical, told the panel.

An attorney for the defendants, Gino P. Mecoli of Reilly Janiczek McDevitt Henrich & Cholden PC, called the argument “nonsensical.”

This was “not a case at all in which Sun [Chemical] has not had physical damage to property,” Mecoli told the panel.

Third Circuit Judges Thomas L. Ambro and Cheryl Ann Krause challenged Kalik’s assertions.

“It sounds very much like a design defect claim,” Judge Krause said at one point.

Judge Ambro asked Kalik several times why Sun Chemical hadn’t simply amended the complaint to assert product liability claims.

“You’ve suffered an economic loss just by being here if you didn’t have to,” the judge told Kalik.

Kalik, who explained that he joined the case at the appeal stage, said Sun Chemical wasn’t alleging the alarm didn’t work, but rather that the defendants overstated the audibility of it.

Sun Chemical’s July 2013 lawsuit claimed the companies oversold the suppression system’s capabilities, prompting Sun Chemical to buy what turned out to be an unsuitable product based on the misrepresentations, according to court records.

The claim was further bolstered by testimony from an expert witness who said many of the representations by Fike and Suppression Systems “were, in fact, false,” court records said.

In March 2015, now-retired U.S. District Judge Faith Hochberg rejected the defendants’ argument that the PLA subsumed the CFA claim and denied their motion to dismiss.

Fike and Suppression Systems moved for reconsideration, but in June of that year, Judge Esther Salas — to whom the case had been reassigned following Judge Hochberg’s retirement — backed Judge Hochberg’s reasoning and denied reconsideration. During oral argument on Tuesday, Kalik repeatedly emphasized the case’s survival of the dismissal motions.

However, in December 2017, U.S. District Judge John Michael Vasquez granted summary judgment to the defendants after finding that the PLA did subsume the CFA claims.

Judges Cheryl Ann Krause, Thomas L. Ambro and Julio M. Fuentes sat on the panel for the Third Circuit.

Fike and Suppression Systems are represented by Gino P. Mecoli, Michael J. Jubanyik, Suzanne I. Turpin, Thomas Eugene Grady and Susan M. Valinis of Reilly Janiczek McDevitt Henrich & Cholden PC.

Sun Chemical is represented by Lance J. Kalik and Jeffrey A. Beer Jr. of Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP and John McGahren, Stephanie R. Feingold and Drew Cleary Jordan of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

The case is Sun Chemical Corp. v. Fike Corp. et al., case number 18-1062, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

–Editing by Janice Carter Brown.

Original article can be found here.