Pye-Barker Fire & Safety expands its presence in Florida with the acquisition of DaBo Fire

March 15, 2024

Pye-Barker Fire & Safety acquires DaBo Fire companies in Florida

Pye-Barker Fire & Safety, recognized as the United States’ largest fully integrated and full-service fire protection, life safety, and security services provider, has recently acquired two family-owned fire sprinkler entities: DaBo Fire Inspection & Service and DaBo Fire Protection, based in St. Petersburg, Florida.

This strategic acquisition enhances Pye-Barker’s comprehensive fire protection, security, and alarms services in the Tampa Bay area.

The integration of these entities aims to extend Pye-Barker’s ability to deliver full fire code-compliant services to a broader customer base while simultaneously benefiting the existing clientele in the region.

Founded in 1981, the DaBo companies have been managed by cousins Darcie Salvant and Paul Varga.

Under their leadership, alongside their spouses, they have fostered a customer-first approach and a tightly-knit team ethos focused on delivering exceptional workmanship.

DaBo offers a range of services including inspection, testing, servicing, and installation of various fire safety systems for commercial and industrial clients throughout Florida.

Leadership perspectives on the acquisition

Darcie Salvant, President of DaBo Fire Protection, expressed pride in joining Pye-Barker, acknowledging the positive implications of the partnership: “Pye-Barker has a stellar reputation in the industry, and we’re proud to be part of what they’re building,” said Salvant.

“Partnering with Pye-Barker will open new opportunities for our team members to grow and will broaden the services we offer to our loyal customers.”

This statement reflects the optimistic outlook of DaBo’s leadership regarding the acquisition’s potential to enhance employee development and customer service.

Bart Proctor, CEO of Pye-Barker, emphasized the importance of company culture and values in their acquisition strategy: “At Pye-Barker, what makes us different is the company culture we’ve created, and that makes us selective in those we choose to be part of the Pye-Barker family,” said Proctor.

“The DaBo team has been successful while consistently living their values, and that’s the type of company we want onboard as we expand our customer base.”

Proctor’s remarks underline the alignment of values and operational philosophies between Pye-Barker and DaBo, a critical factor in the integration process.

Future prospects and customer service continuity

The acquisition by Pye-Barker promises to maintain the high standards of service that DaBo’s customers have come to expect.

The experienced team from DaBo will continue to serve their clientele in Florida, ensuring a seamless transition and consistent quality of service.

Moreover, this acquisition paves the way for new growth opportunities within the fire protection industry in Florida, potentially leading to enhanced service offerings and greater market reach.

FSJA Comment

The acquisition of DaBo Fire Inspection & Service and DaBo Fire Protection by Pye-Barker Fire & Safety marks a noteworthy development in the fire protection industry, particularly in Florida.

This move is a strategic expansion for Pye-Barker, allowing them to reinforce their presence in the Tampa Bay area.

Such acquisitions are indicative of the ongoing consolidation trend in the industry, where larger, well-established companies integrate smaller, specialized firms to broaden their service offerings and geographical reach.

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