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Starfish acquired by Riverside Co.

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The Riverside Co. has acquired Starfire Systems Inc. and Starfire Extinguisher Inc. in Milwaukee for undisclosed terms.

Starfire provides repeating inspection, repair and maintenance services for existing fire and life safety systems as well as installation services for new construction and retrofits.

The acquisition is an add-on to Riverside’s CertaSite platform, a fire and life safety platform that is committed to building safety and code compliance, the private equity firm said in a statement.

Riverside co looking for further add-ons

CertaSite goes beyond compliance by focusing on partnerships and professionalism while providing customers a simplified and dependable solution to manage the fire protection and life safety systems in commercial buildings, according to Riverside.

“We look forward to scaling this critical platform, building upon the company’s already strong relationships within the Milwaukee market,” said Loren Schlachet, Riverside’s managing partner, in a statement.

To date, CertaSite has acquired 10 fire protection and life safety companies, including ABC Fire Extinguisher Co. in Youngstown, Ohio, and County Fire Protection in Kent, Ohio.

“With this partnership, we look forward to expanding CertaSite’s breadth of capabilities,” said John McKernan, a Riverside principal, in a statement.

“We continue to look for additional add-ons for full-service fire protection companies, specializing in the inspection, monitoring, repair and maintenance and design of fire and life safety equipment including extinguishers, sprinklers, alarm systems, suppression systems and other fire and life safety systems,” McKernan said.

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