The Hiller Companies, Inc. Announces the Acquisition of Systems Management Group, LLC

The Hiller Companies is excited to announce the purchase of Systems Management Group, LLC (SMG), based in Denver, Colorado on September 1, 2018. Headquartered in Mobile, Alabama, Hiller offers fire protection and security products and services that are preserving lives and property all around the world.

The acquisition of SMG grants Hiller access to the Colorado market and provides the tools to more effectively service existing customers in the western United States. Hiller plans to maintain all of SMG’s management, staff and technicians, which will ensure a seamless transition for current SMG customers.

“We are always looking for opportunities to serve our customers more effectively,” said Hiller President and CEO Patrick Lynch. “We have found that one of the best ways to achieve this is by strengthening our first-class team. This is certainly the case with the Systems Management Group acquisition. Not only will it give us an opportunity to expand our service area, but we are gaining an experienced team of customer-focused employees.”

Adding a new dimension to the Hiller offerings, SMG specializes in consultation, design, installation, service and integration of low voltage systems, including fire alarms, intrusion alarms, access control, camera systems, audio/video systems, BDA systems, area of refuge systems, telecommunications, data systems and more. SMG’s strong brand presence in Colorado has solidified the company as a market leader in the low voltage fire alarm and security space.

SMG Founder and newly appointed General Manager Terrence Kane shares, “The acquisition by Hiller gives our existing customers and potential new customers the best of both worlds. We are able to provide them with the attention and support of a local company that’s also backed by the strength and resources of a strong U.S. brand. We couldn’t be more thrilled with this opportunity.”

American Fire Equipment, a Division of the Hiller Companies, Announces Branch in Flagstaff, Arizona

In July, American Fire Equipment, a division of The Hiller Companies, Inc., celebrated the opening of its new branch in Flagstaff, Arizona. The addition of the Flagstaff branch solidifies American Fire’s strong presence in the state of Arizona, where offices are currently located in Phoenix, Yuma, Tucson, and Show Low.

Purchased by Hiller in January 2017, American Fire builds on our strong foundation of experience steeped in almost 100 years in the fire protection industry coupled with the most modern service technology.

“Flagstaff not only gives us a presence throughout the state of Arizona, but also grants us better access to our hospitality, education, healthcare and mining customers, “ shares Operations Manager Mark Murrell. “With Hiller’s support and American Fire’s drive, we are excited to build on our reputation of excellence in fire protection solutions and high quality customer service.”

The Flagstaff branch provides a full range of fire protection services for educational, commercial and industrial environments and specializes in solutions for fire alarms, fire sprinklers, clean agent fire suppression, portable fire extinguishers and backflow preventers.

The new branch location is: 5310 E Northgate Loop, Suite B, Flagstaff, Arizona 86004

For more information about American Fire, please visit www.americanfire.com.

The Hiller Companies’ Division American Fire Equipment Opens Branch in Elko, Nevada

The Hiller Companies is pleased to announce that its division American Fire Equipment has opened a new branch in Elko, Nevada. Elko operations began in April 2018 and this month the branch celebrated the opening of its new physical location at 4300 Idaho Street.

Hiller prides itself on a strong foundation of experience steeped in almost 100 years in the fire protection industry coupled with the most modern service technology. The addition of the Elko branch builds on this century of success and gives American Fire a presence in an otherwise untapped area of Nevada.

While Elko provides a full range of fire protection solutions for commercial and industrial environments, it is uniquely positioned to provide customized solutions for the casino and mining environments that are prevalent in this geographic area.

Ray Lafaver, Regional Manager of the new Elko branch, states, “American Fire has a proven history of providing high quality fire protection solutions backed by top notch customer service. We are looking forward to not only exceeding the expectations of our current customers, but to introducing American Fire to a whole new region.”

For more information about American Fire, please visit www.americanfire.com.

Herbert S. Hiller Partners with the National WWII Museum to Restore PT-305

The newly updated PT-305 docked.

It is in the mid-1940’s, we were in the middle of World War II. The United States Navy was in need of small boats that could move in fast against the enemy. The PT-305 was part of a new class of vessels in the war; a light, swift and aggressive hunter. Patrol Torpedo (PT) boats went where larger ships could not, patrolling enemy-held coastlines at night, launching attacks on enemy shipping, then vanishing into the darkness.

PT boats built by Higgins Industries of New Orleans were made of wood: spruce ribs, pine keel, and a mahogany hull. Three powerful Packard engines gave them a top speed of over 40 knots. Carrying torpedoes, machine guns, and a cannon, PTs were pound for pound, the heaviest armed craft in the US Navy.

On March 30, 1943, the keel was laid for PT-305, “Sudden Jerk.” She launched on May 27th and was commissioned into Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 22 on December 8, 1943. The next six weeks were spent testing PT-305 on Lake Pontchartrain before shakedown in Miami. In April, she was loaded onto an oil tanker in Norfolk, VA, for shipment across the Atlantic to the Mediterranean Theatre. During her war days, she was responsible for sinking three enemy vessels.

She was purchased by the National WWII Museum and returned to New Orleans in April 2007. After ten years and more than 120,000 volunteer hours, the PT-305, “Sudden Jerk”, has been completely restored to her late 1944 appearance and is fully operational.

Herbert S. Hiller reached out to a few of our dedicated suppliers. We supplied the engine room CO2 fire suppression system, portable fire extinguishers, fire hose, and nozzle. Hiller donated the engineering, field labor, and pipe and fittings required to install and certify these systems.

To find out more about the PT-305 and the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, visit their website.

Herbert S. Hiller employee volunteers on the PT-305.
Hiller technicians David Lucas (left) and Randy Brisbi (right) install CO2 piping for the PT-305.
Danny Brown (Manager, Strategic Projects at Herbert S. Hiller) alongside Candy Westfall (PT-305 Project Manager for the World War II Museum)

The Hiller Companies’ Chuck Johnson Goes Above and Beyond

Chuck Johnson has a knack for being in the right place at the right time when people need help.

“I was driving on Highway 65 on the way to my next job when I saw a truck with a trailer in the northbound lane. It was on fire, so I stopped.”

Johnson is a General Products Technician for the Birmingham branch of The Hiller Companies, a fire protection company headquartered in Mobile, Alabama. He was able to quickly assess the situation and take action.

“By the time I stopped, the man was running in the middle of the road asking anyone if they had a fire extinguisher. I told him, ‘I got you’ and I passed him two extinguishers. I fed some to another man, and I took two,” Johnson said.

The driver of the truck indicated to Johnson that there was a propane tank on the trailer, and Johnson knew they had to move quickly.

“I think we used five extinguishers,” he said. “And the way the wind was blowing, it wasn’t hitting the fire. I kept telling the men to aim at the base of the fire. We were worried that a propane tank would explode, but we managed to keep it under control until the fire department showed up.”

Johnson believes if he hadn’t happened by, the situation could have been a whole lot worse before the fire department arrived.

“I am just glad I was there,” he said. “It is a good feeling to be able to provide a service. In any way I could help, I was willing to do it.”

Keith Carter, Operations Manager of the Birmingham branch of Hiller, said Johnson is one of their best performers.

“Chuck is one of our top technicians, and he always thinks of others – techs and customers alike – before he thinks of himself,” he said. “What he did for that person on the side of the road was a natural thing for him to do. It’s just who he is.”

This was not the first time Johnson has helped someone in trouble. A couple of years ago, during a drought, he came upon someone trying to put out a fire caused by a cigarette in a grassy area. He helped keep the fire from spreading until the fire department arrived.

And in the end, all’s well that ends well – as Johnson drove the same path to work the day after last week’s fire, he saw the Hiller extinguishers on the side of the road and was able to recover them and get them recharged.

The Hiller Companies offer fire protection products and services that are preserving lives and property all around the world. Headquartered in Mobile, Alabama, Hiller extends its reach globally as well as locally with offices in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia. We are proud to safeguard everything from small businesses to nuclear power facilities, yachts to aircraft carriers, and gas stations to offshore platforms.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact

Keith Carter at 205-323-3338 or email at kcarter@hillercompanies.com

Learn How A Water Mist System Could Help Avoid Catastrophic Damage

Keeping the community aware of fire safety risks and providing solutions are top priorities at The Hiller Companies. Along with strong partner-suppliers like Securiplex, we work diligently to create customized fire safety solutions that give our customers peace of mind, knowing their people and property will remain secure in emergency situations.

Industrial forging facilities face particularly significant risks. Securiplex’s Distibutor Sales and Support Manager, Gene Haas, authored a feature article published in FORGE magazine shedding light on the reality of catastrophic fire risks in forging facilities and the unique capabilities of a water mist fire suppression system to avoid such disasters.

Click here to read the FORGE article.

The Hiller Companies Launches Teekay Emergency Repair Kit

The Hiller Companies, the exclusive distributor of Teekay Couplings in the United Sates, is excited to officially launch sales of our Teekay Emergency Repair Kits. The kit provides customers with a quick and easy way to repair pipes while staying on task and minimizing interruption while underway.

One of the most important goals when working in the oil/gas and marine industries is to avoid downtime.  Being taken off mission due to broken or damaged pipes can derail your work, cost thousands of dollars and add frustration to your crew’s morale.

“A boat that is tied up isn’t making any money. Loss of time is huge,” Marc Schwartz, Manager of Maintenance and Engineering for Tidewater Barge Lines, said. “I keep a stock of 3-4 kits and order several times a year.”

Teekay Emergency Repair Kits provide customized repair couplings of various sizes in addition to all necessary tools needed to install them on the spot. The repair couplings can act as a permanent fix or a temporary solution until a vessel is able to get back to the shipyard.

Repair couplings offer a permanent solution when pipes need to be cut and reassembled. Hinged couplings offer a temporary fix when pipes spring a leak and a ship is still underway.

“These kits allow you to do a field repair that keeps equipment operational,” Schwartz said. “You don’t have to yard out equipment, you don’t need welders, you don’t need a couple of guys on fire watch. It’s convenient. Anytime you can open the box and everything you need is in there, it’s great. It’s like going to Ikea.”

Jorda Elliot, Hiller Marine Products Manager, said the idea for the Emergency Repair Kit sprang from necessity.

“We were selling the couplings as parts and pieces when one of the icebreakers working in the arctic needed several sizes of couplings, we got the idea for the customized kits” he said. “We think it is a great option for vessels whose missions could be crippled by a leaking or burst pipe.”

The kit allows repairs to be conducted on site by anyone on the ship. Work is uninterrupted and unnecessary trips to the shipyard are avoided. Without the repair kit, welders and pipefitters would be needed to install and repair leaks. This could lead to lost time and money.

Each kit is custom designed to provide the size and number of couplings specific to each vessel. Everything from the tools, the couplings, and the cases are customized for specific requirements. Cases range from camera size to ice chest size.

“Because I have a fleet of inland tugs, we have our own maintenance facility, but if I were back out on ocean-going tugs and vessels, I would have a kit on every boat,” Schwartz said.

Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles

To whom it may concern:

As you may have heard, one of our suppliers, Kidde, has recalled their fire extinguishers with plastic handles due to failure to discharge and nozzle detachment.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall on November 2, 2017 noting the following: The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

Rest assured that The Hiller Companies does not currently distribute this fire extinguisher and we continue to take precautionary measures with all of our products to ensure they perform effectively in fire emergencies.

If you are concerned that you or someone you know is in possession of one of the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers, we encourage you to visit the CPSC website for additional details:
https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/kidde-recalls-fire-extinguishers-with-plastic-handles-due-to-failure-to-discharge-and

We would also like to take this opportunity to share some important reminders about the use and maintenance of fire extinguishers from the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association. Please click here for more information: http://www.femalifesafety.org/fire-extinguishers.html

Should you determine that you are indeed in possession of one of the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers, please do not hesitate to contact your Hiller representative or call us at 844-41-HILLER.

Sincerely,


Patrick Lynch, President/ CEO
The Hiller Companies, Inc.

The Hiller Companies Announces the Purchase of the Ebacher Company Sprinkler Division

The Hiller Companies is excited to announce the purchase of the Sprinkler Division of the Amesbury, Massachusetts-based Ebacher Company, which was welcomed into the Hiller family on October 3, 2017.

“Hiller is fortunate to be experiencing a significant growth period, and we are very pleased to expand our offerings through the knowledge and experience provided by the highly capable and customer-focused employees at the Ebacher Company,” Hiller President Patrick Lynch said. “With Ebacher’s 40 years in the business, Hiller looks forward to being able to expand our services in the fire sprinkler sector by building on the outstanding reputation they have earned in the New England market.”

The Ebacher Company has served residential, commercial, government and school clients. The Sprinkler Division will remain under the Ebacher Fire Protection brand for now and continue to service new and existing customers backed by the strong support and experience of The Hiller Companies.

The acquisition of the Sprinkler Division of Ebacher allows Hiller to expand coverage and provide a broader range of services to all customers. As Hiller plans to maintain all of Ebacher’s management, staff and technicians from the Sprinkler Division, this transition will continue the dependable and professional services their customers have come to expect.

“We couldn’t be happier about our place on the Hiller team,” Kevin Palmer, Fire Sprinkler Systems Manager said. “We believe our sprinkler group will be a great asset to Hiller and, in turn, Hiller will offer our existing customers a strong foundation of experience steeped in almost 100 years in the fire protection industry.”

Hiller New England General Manager Jeffrey Kidd looks forward to working with Ebacher and its existing customers to ensure a seamless transition.

“The Ebacher Company’s sprinkler customers will see a continuation of the high-quality service and protection they have historically experienced,” Kidd said. “They will see the same faces and names and continue the valuable relationships they have built with the management and staff at Ebacher.”

The Hiller Companies Acquires Advanced Safety Systems, Inc.

The Hiller Companies is excited to announce that Advanced Safety Systems, Inc. (A.S.S.I.), headquartered near Boston, Massachusetts, will be joining its team. The Hiller Companies offers fire protection and security products and services that are preserving lives and property all around the world. Hiller, headquartered in Mobile, Alabama, has branch offices from California to Boston and purchased A.S.S.I. on May 1, 2017.

Hiller prides itself on a strong foundation of experience steeped in almost 100 years in the fire protection industry coupled with the most modern service technology. By combining Hiller’s experience with the expertise of A.S.S.I., Hiller is looking forward to adding A.S.S.I. as a second branch in the New England area.

“With over 50 years in the fire protection industry, A.S.S.I. has a proven track-record of innovation, reliability and solutions-based service,” Hiller CEO Patrick Lynch said. “We are looking forward to joining their experience and talents with Hiller’s offerings and services so that we are able to serve more customers in the New England region and beyond.”

Included in A.S.S.I.’s full array of fire protection offerings are unique fire protection solutions to protect works of art and historical iconography as well as fast-acting fire detection and suppression solutions to protect critical assets in education, healthcare, and industrial facilities as well as telecommunications and data centers.  A.S.S.I. has offices in Peabody, Massachusetts and in the Hartford, Connecticut area.

“We are very excited to become a part of The Hiller Companies and to bring the experience and knowledge we have gained in this industry to such a well-respected company,” A.S.S.I. President and CEO Bill MacKay said. “We believe this will be a great fit for everyone, and we look forward to combining forces with Hiller’s global market and to expanding our quality services to new and existing customers in New England.”