CertaSite Snaps Up Great Lakes Fire & Safety Equipment

For more than 30 years, Great Lakes Fire & Safety Equipment has offered its Michigan customers a wide range of services and products.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — CertaSite, based here, announces the acquisition of Great Lakes Fire & Safety Equipment, a family-owned business in Alpena, Mich., for undisclosed terms.

The transaction marks CertaSite’s sixth acquisition in Michigan, and expands the company’s service territory into the Upper Peninsula.

For more than 30 years, Great Lakes Fire & Safety Equipment has offered its customers a wide range of services and products, including fire extinguishers, restaurant hood systems, fire alarms, emergency lights, first aid and related safety products, and fire department gear. The company’s reputation in the region will allow the company to grow its customer base and expand into new markets under CertaSite, according to the announcement.

“CertaSite is a company that we trust because they share our values and code of ethics for saving lives and protecting property,” says Tammy Buvia, the proprietor of Great Lakes Fire & Safety Equipment. “We are proud of the team we built, and the reputation we earned over the last 30 years. We fully believe that under CertaSite, our customers will continue to experience excellent customer service and will benefit from advancements like online customer portals, inspection management and reporting, expanded service areas, life safety maintenance programs, and multi-location support with a certified expanded life safety technician workforce.”

Each of the acquired company’s nine employees are joining the CertaSite family. Great Lakes Fire & Safety Equipment will immediately assume the CertaSite brand.

“We are grateful to Mick and Tammy and the Great Lakes family for their continued partnership throughout this process,” says Jeff Wyatt, CEO of CertaSite. “We are committed to preserving the legacy that these dedicated professionals built, and we recognize and respect their strong local presence. Our team will provide our new employees with development and career advancement, and expanded services and support to customers. We are thrilled to be expanding our unique brand of customer service, and look forward to serving this new market.”

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: 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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