Huron Capital-backed Sciens Building Solutions has acquired St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Critical System Solutions, a provider of full-service, comprehensive life safety systems and products.
Critical System Solutions was founded in 2005. The company specializes in the design, installation and maintenance of fire detection, security, access control and sprinkler systems. CSS services the commercial, retail, industrial, educational, hospitality and healthcare markets. The company has been recognized by Honeywell, the largest manufacturer of engineered fire alarm systems, as a two-time recipient of its Diamond Award for outstanding sales and service.
"We believe Critical System Solutions' commitment to delivering the highest level of customer service, along with its strong service capabilities, make the company a great fit for our Sciens family," Sciens CEO Terry Heath said in a statement. "The CSS team joins the hundreds of existing Sciens employees across the state of Florida, which we expect will allow us to provide unparalleled levels of local service to existing and new customers."
This transaction represents the latest acquisition for Sciens since Huron Capital formed the platform in 2016 to pursue a buy-and-build investment strategy in the fire service and integrated solutions sector. The platform is part of Huron Capital’s proprietary ExecFactor initiative, which is used to grow lower middle-market companies.
Sciens increased its Florida presence earlier this year with the acquisitions of Miami-based Empire Electric Maintenance, and Service and Empire Fire Safety.
"Critical System Solutions' strong market presence on the west coast of Florida will further bolster our foothold in the state," said Huron Capital Senior Partner Jim Mahoney in a statement. "We continue to look for additional partnership opportunities to support our accelerated growth strategy across the country."
The deal comes less than a week after Huron Capital’s Albireo Energy, another ExecFactor company, made an acquisition.