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CertaSite continues building acquisition portfolio

DAYTON, Ohio - CertaSite, a commercial fire protection and life safety company, announced today that it has acquired Craynon Fire Protection (“Craynon”), an established fire protection company that serves Dayton and the surrounding areas. The acquisition is CertaSite’s fifth in Ohio.

CertaSite provides the highest levels of customer service, responsiveness, building safety and code compliance to customers across the Midwest. The company goes beyond compliance, focusing on partnerships and professionalism while providing customers a simplified and dependable solution to managing all of the fire protection and life safety systems in commercial buildings.

CertaSite is led by CEO Jeff Wyatt, who has more than 30 years of experience in the fire protection and life safety industry. He most recently served as president of one of the Midwest’s largest privately owned fire and security companies in the industry. He started his career in the industry as an installation technician and is a veteran of the United States Navy. Wyatt was recruited to lead CertaSite by The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm that is CertaSite’s primary investor.

A well-known fire protection business with 20 years rooted in Dayton and more than 40 years of combined industry experience, Craynon have extensive experience in providing services for fire sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, kitchen hoods, suppression systems, and emergency lighting solutions to their loyal customers. Craynon’s solid reputation in the region will allow the company to grow its customer base and expand into new markets under the CertaSite umbrella.

“CertaSite is a company that we trust because they share our values and code of ethics for saving lives and protecting property,” said Craynon co-owners Ron Caplinger and Tom Doty. “We are proud of the customer service that our team provided for 20 years. We fully believe that under CertaSite, our customers will benefit from efficient and streamlined services, with enhanced administration support and advancements like online customer portals, inspection management and reporting, expanded service areas, life safety maintenance programs, and multi-location support with a certified expanded life safety technician workforce.”

With the close of the acquisition, 22 employees are joining the CertaSite family. Craynon’s owners Ron Caplinger and Tom Doty will remain with the company in new roles, while current CertaSite District Manager Brian Cooper will oversee office management.

“We are grateful to Ron, Tom, and the Craynon family for their continued partnership throughout this process,” said Jeff Wyatt, CEO of CertaSite. “We are committed to preserving the legacy built by these dedicated professionals, and we recognize and respect their strong local presence.”

In addition to Craynon Fire Protection, CertaSite already has acquired 13 fire protection and life safety companies and is actively engaged in bringing new businesses under the CertaSite umbrella. To date, the CertaSite family includes: ABC Fire Extinguisher Co. (Ohio); Advanced Fire, a CertaSite Company (Pennsylvania); Approved Protection Systems (Michigan); Approved Safety and Security (Indiana); Company One Suppression (Illinois and Iowa); County Fire Protection (Ohio); Erlich Fire Protection (Michigan); Field’s Fire Protection (Michigan); Great Lakes Fire & Safety Equipment (Michigan); Spears Fire & Safety (Michigan); Starfire Systems and Starfire Extinguisher (Wisconsin); Marine Fire Sales & Service (Ohio); Premier Electronics (Michigan); and Craynon Fire Protection (Ohio). Markets of focus for 2021 include current states listed above along with Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

About CertaSite

CertaSite is a commercial fire protection and life safety company founded in 2018. We take a new approach to fire and life safety, going beyond compliance to give our clients an unmatched level of customer service and tech-based control over their fire and life safety systems. Our team of experts serves 17 locations. CertaSite is headquartered in Indianapolis. Visit for more information.

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