Pye-Barker Fire & Safety expands its presence in Florida with acquisition of Cox Fire Protection

July 3, 2024

Pye-Barker Fire & Safety expands in Florida

Pye-Barker Fire & Safety, the largest full-service fire protection, life safety, and security services provider in the United States, has acquired Cox Fire Protection, one of the Southeast’s top fire protection companies.

As reported by Pye-Barker Fire & Safety, this acquisition will enhance their service capabilities in Florida.

Cox Fire Protection, founded in 1984 by Ron and Linda Cox and currently led by their son Scott Cox, operates from three locations in Tampa, Ocala, and Jacksonville, Florida.

The company specializes in installation, service, and inspection of fire sprinkler, fire suppression, and fire alarm systems, along with 24-hour monitoring and fire extinguisher service.

Cox Fire Protection’s legacy and future

Scott Cox, President of Cox Fire Protection, expressed his enthusiasm for the acquisition: “I’m proud to follow in the footsteps of other family-built businesses who have chosen to join Pye-Barker.

“Through Cox Fire’s four decades of service, we’ve grown to become a leading fire protection company in our area and work on some of Florida’s most iconic buildings and projects.

“I’m excited to see how Pye-Barker’s support will fuel us to even bigger projects in the future.”

Pye-Barker CEO Bart Proctor highlighted the synergy between the two companies: “Pye-Barker’s growth is inspired by teams like Cox Fire – one that has been successful in its market, embodies an entrepreneurial spirit, has a fantastic culture and is ready to continue to grow with our support.

“The entire team here will now be part of our industry’s biggest family business, Pye-Barker, where we honor the legacies of those who came before us and invite our team members to define their own legacies.”

Pye-Barker Fire & Safety’s national presence

Pye-Barker Fire & Safety, a leader in fully integrated life safety systems in the United States, operates over 200 locations with 6,000 team members nationwide.

The company is ranked No.

954 on the Inc 5000 and No.

8 on the SDM 100.

Pye-Barker continues to expand its reach by acquiring successful family-run businesses like Cox Fire Protection.

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