USA. The Hiller Companies announces acquisition of American Fire Equipment Sales and Service Corporation

Monday, 23 January 2017


The Hiller Companies is pleased to announce that American Fire Equipment Sales and Service Corporation 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 Houston to Boston and purchased American Fire on January 3, 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 American Fire, Hiller is looking forward to expanding their service area in the western United States throughout Arizona, Utah, Nevada and surrounding areas.

“American Fire has been a leader in the Fire Protection Industry for 25 years”, Hiller Companies CEO Patrick Lynch said. “As a veteran-owned business, we respect the ideals and integrity on which American Fire was founded. We welcome the American Fire employees to the Hiller team and look forward to leveraging the strengths of these two premier organizations to deliver even more value for our customers.”

American Fire serves customers in Phoenix, Yuma, Tucson, Show-Low, Pinetop and Lakeside, Arizona as well as in Reno, Nevada, Price Utah and surrounding areas. With a focus on mining, telecommunication, power generation, data centers and the health care industry, American Fire serves clients such as Go Daddy, Banner Hospitals, and Verizon.

“We are very confident that Hiller will continue the tradition of excellence we are known for in the fire protection industry,” former owner Ann Papuga said. “Hiller’s breadth of experience will usher in a new era for our customers by expanding available resources and offerings.”

John Papuga, former owner of American Fire, will continue as General Manager under Hiller’s ownership.

“The team at American Fire has committed themselves not only to quality products and services but also to a progressive perspective in fire protection,” John Papuga said. “We have worked to create an environmentally friendly, sustainable company. We know Hiller shares that goal, and we look forward to continuing to implement green solutions for the company and our customers. This is a really great time to be on the Hiller team, and we look forward to continued growth and expansion.”

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 in domestic markets with offices in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. We are proud to safeguard everything from small businesses to nuclear testing facilities, yachts to aircraft carriers, and gas stations to offshore platforms.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact John Mackey at 251-661-1275 or email at jmackey(at)hillercompanies(dot)com.

Italy. Custom 74 metre new build CRN Superyacht is launched

The 74 metre custom CRN superyacht CLOUD 9 was launched on schedule to great acclaim on 21 January 2017 in Ancona. 

A spectacular and powerful combination of engineering expertise and ground-breaking design, CLOUD 9 is a close collaboration between CRN shipyard, Zuccon International Project and Winch Design.  Commissioned by an experienced superyacht owner, the vessel will be delivered in April 2017.   

The technical aspects of the project were developed by the CRN engineering team working in partnership with exterior designers Zuccon International Project, while Winch Design was appointed to create the exterior guest areas, livery, interior decoration and owner’s supply, resulting in excess of over 1,000sq metres of design elements being created across all decks.  

Alberto Galassi, CRN’s Chairman and CEO of the Ferretti Group, said: “We are really thrilled to have been involved in the construction of this extraordinary yacht which was a new and exciting challenge for CRN. This incredible 74 metre vessel will reinforce CRN’s expertise and varied range in working with a completely new concept to fulfil an owner’s vision. The result is a cutting-edge yacht that perfectly combines state-of-the-art technology, astonishing design and the best CRN features.”

Federica Silva

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