Pye-Barker Fire & Safety announced the acquisition of Iowa Fire Equipment Co. for undisclosed terms.

Iowa Fire Equipment Co., a leader in fire protection and fire alarms, serves 16 states throughout the Midwest and the state of Florida. Through the transaction, Pye-Barker significantly furthers its reach within the Midwest, adds five new locations and enters Indiana.

The company now operates over 170 locations spanning 40 states.

The announcement states that Iowa Fire’s story is much like that of Pye-Barker. What started as a single-employee fire extinguisher business in Des Moines, Iowa, has grown into a successful enterprise providing fire sprinklers, fire suppression systems, fire alarms, backflow preventers, emergency lighting and exit signs to customers in a third of the country. Iowa Fire operates five branches in Ft. Myers, Fla.; Des Moines and Iowa City; Springfield, Mo.; and, Terre Haute, Ind.

“After thoroughly researching all the companies that showed interest in our firm, I can honestly say that there is no better match for our values than Pye-Barker,” said Brett Pruitt, owner of Iowa Fire. “By far they are the best choice for our customers’ long-term support, and equally important, to take care of our family of employees as we continue to grow.”

“This partnership with Iowa Fire brings us into new markets across the Midwest, furthering our mission to become the nation’s preferred fire protection, life safety and security provider,” said Bart Proctor, CEO at Pye-Barker. “Through our purposeful, value-based acquisition strategy, we’re partnering with like-minded businesses that reinforce our commitment to our customers and our teams.”

Iowa Fire's team will continue to serve customers in the Midwest and Florida.