Security company acquires fire protection firm

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A rapidly growing security company has acquired a Grand Rapids fire protection company.

CertaSite recently announced it has acquired Field’s Fire Protection, a fire protection and life safety company based in Grand Rapids.

Field’s Fire Protection was founded in 1998, and has operations in Grand Rapids and Warren. Its reputation will allow it to grow under CertaSite within its current customer base and expand in new markets, according to founder Mike Field. He will remain with the company as a key account manager, and 31 employees retained their jobs in the acquisition.

CertaSite’s primary investor is The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm.

“CertaSite and Riverside are the perfect partners to build on the foundation laid by our employees and customers,” Field said. “With CertaSite, we have a unique opportunity to blend our knowledge base with a technology-based platform that offers new product lines, is professional and rooted in best practices, and provides significant value for customers.”

Field’s Fire Protection is assuming the CertaSite name and brand as part of the acquisition.

CertaSite is a new commercial fire protection and life safety company founded in 2018 in Indianapolis. The company is led by CEO Jeff Wyatt, who has more than 30 years of experience in the fire protection and life safety industry. He most recently served as president of Koorsen Fire & Security and was recruited to lead CertaSite by The Riverside Company.

“We are grateful to Mike Field and the entire Field’s Fire Protection family for their continued partnership throughout this process,” Wyatt said, “and we are pleased Mike will continue to remain with the company moving forward. We are committed to preserve the legacy that these dedicated professionals built, and recognize and respect their strong local presence.”

In addition to Field’s Fire Protection, CertaSite already has acquired four fire protection and life safety companies, and is actively engaged in bringing new businesses to the CertaSite family. These companies are Approved Protection Systems in Michigan, Company One Suppression in Illinois and Iowa, County Fire Protection in Ohio and Pennsylvania and Spears Fire & Safety in Michigan.

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