CertaSite Acquires Marine Fire Sales & Service in Toledo, Ohio

Established more than 40 years ago, Marine Fire has extensive experience in providing fire sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems and more.

INDIANAPOLIS — CertaSite, based here, has acquired Marine Fire Sales & Service, a family-owned business in Toledo, Ohio.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition is CertaSite’s fourth in Ohio.

Established more than 40 years ago, Marine Fire has extensive experience in providing fire sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, fire extinguishers and emergency lighting solutions. Marine Fire’s solid reputation in the region will allow the company to grow its customer base and expand into new markets under the CertaSite umbrella, according to an announcement.

“CertaSite is a company that we trust because they share our values and code of ethics for saving lives and protecting property,” says Marine Fire Owners Kelley and Dave Tipping. “We are proud of the customer service that our team provided for more than 40 years. We fully believe that under CertaSite, our employees will have the opportunity for professional growth and career advancement and our customers will benefit from efficient and streamlined services, with enhanced administration support and advancements like online customer portals, inspection management and reporting, expanded service areas and more.”

With the close of the acquisition, five employees are joining the CertaSite family. Kelley Tipping will remain with the company during the transition, while current CertaSite Toledo office General Manager Bob Scharer will oversee office management along with CertaSite District Manager Ryan Watson.

“We are grateful to Dave and Kelley Tipping and the Marine Fire family for their continued partnership throughout this process,” says Jeff Wyatt, CEO of CertaSite. “We are committed to preserving the legacy built by these dedicated professionals, and we recognize and respect their strong local presence. Our team will provide our new employees with development and career advancement through our CertaSite Academy and deliver expanded services and support to customers.”

In addition to Marine Fire Sales & Service, CertaSite has acquired 11 fire protection and life-safety companies and is actively engaged in bringing new businesses under the CertaSite umbrella.

CertaSite, a portfolio company of Riverside Co., has acquired multiple fire protection and life-safety companies since being established in 2018. To date the CertaSite family includes: Great Lakes Fire & Safety Equipment (Michigan); Starfire Systems and Starfire Extinguisher (Wis.); Advanced Fire Co. (Pa.); ABC Fire Extinguisher Co. (Ohio); Approved Protection Systems (Michigan); Approved Safety and Security (Indiana); Company One Suppression (Illinois and Iowa); County Fire Protection (Ohio); Erlich Fire Protection (Michigan); Field’s Fire Protection (Michigan); and Spears Fire & Safety (Michigan).

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