Pye-Barker expands reach with Koetter Fire Protection acquisition

November 3, 2023

Pye-Barker strengthens Texas presence through strategic acquisition

Pye-Barker Fire & Safety has officially announced its acquisition of Koetter Fire Protection, a leading systems contractor in Texas, marking a significant expansion of Pye-Barker’s reach in the region.

The acquisition brings Pye-Barker’s national footprint to 182 branches, reinforcing its service area within Texas.

This move comes as a strategic effort to increase market saturation and service capabilities across the state.

Koetter Fire Protection, a family-founded company since 1995, has grown to be a top full-service specialty fire systems company in Texas.

Their services encompass fire alarms, detection, sprinkler and suppression systems, kitchen hood systems, portable extinguishers, and 24/7 monitoring.

With this acquisition, Pye-Barker secures Koetter’s locations in Austin, Corpus Christi, Belton, Houston, Longview, Lubbock, and San Antonio, although Koetter’s Dallas office will remain under the Rabroker family’s ownership.

Robert Rabroker, the owner at Koetter, expressed his confidence in the acquisition: “Pye-Barker is the best partner out there, and I’m proud for Koetter Fire Protection to join the Pye-Barker family.

“As I take the next step in my career journey, I feel confident Pye-Barker will do what’s best for my family, our team members and our customers.”

Expanding service with a customer-first approach

Jason Ferguson, owner at Koetter, also commented on the union, highlighting the benefits for customers: “With the combination of Koetter’s incredible family members, premier product lines, and strategic locations throughout Texas and Pye-Barker’s family members, unmatched resources, and historic dedication to the fire protection industry, our customers will continue to receive the highest quality service with the best people in the industry, just as we’ve always provided.

“I look forward to continuing to build the premier fire protection company in the industry with the best people in the business, Pye-Barker.”

Bart Proctor, CEO at Pye-Barker, conveyed his honor in welcoming Koetter Fire to their family: “We are truly honored to have Koetter Fire in the family.

“Bob Rabroker has been an influential leader in the fire and life safety industry, and we’re honored he chose Pye-Barker to carry the torch into the future.

“Moving forward, we are excited that Jason Ferguson will continue to lead the Koetter Fire brand and we are confident that his entrepreneurial spirit will drive the next chapter of success for our business in the state of Texas.

“The state of Texas is a thriving market, and the acquisition of Koetter Fire further enhances our capabilities of being the provider of choice to offer a true fully integrated service to our customers.”

Koetter’s team, alongside Jason Ferguson, will persist in their efforts to grow and support customers throughout Texas.

FSJA Comment

The acquisition of Koetter Fire Protection by Pye-Barker Fire & Safety represents a strategic move in the fire and safety industry, signaling a shift towards consolidation within the market.

The merger not only enhances Pye-Barker’s service offerings and geographical reach within the Texas region but also reinforces its commitment to quality and customer service.

By maintaining the experienced Koetter team, Pye-Barker ensures continuity and expertise, which is crucial in an industry where reliability and trust are paramount.

Furthermore, the acquisition underscores the growing trend of integration within the fire and safety services, providing customers with a more comprehensive suite of solutions under one umbrella.

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