Perimeter Solutions, a St. Louis company that produces fire retardants and provides services to firefighting agencies, has purchased a group of companies in Post Falls, Idaho, that includes First Response Fire Rescue, River City Fabrication and H&S Transport.
The three businesses will expand Perimeter Solutions’ product and service offerings in the fire-suppression business sector, according to Perimeter Solutions’ news release March 21. Terms were not disclosed.
H&S Transport provides specialized heavy-haul transportation services and already is a key service provider to Perimeter Solutions.
H&S and First Response Fire Rescue were started in 2003 by Shannon and Laura Horn to provide equipment, field service and supplies to firefighters and to federal and state agencies.
First Response oversees operations at more than 126 wildland fire airbases throughout the United States. River City Fabrication was established in 2009 to fabricate chemical equipment, structural steel and specialty metal products used in suppressing forest fires. The company also produces emergency response trucks and other systems for firefighting and land-management activities.
H&S Transport operates a fleet of eight trucks and two trailers, according to vehicle-registration data on file with the U.S. Department of Transportation.
All of the companies operate out of a base in Post Falls that will become a new operational site under Perimeter Solutions’ Fire Safety Group, with Shannon Horn taking on a new role as director of government contracts and president of River City Fabrication.
“This is a great cultural and strategic fit with Perimeter Solutions,” Horn said. “As we looked for the right partner to grow and expand our wildland fire-management services, it was important to find a partner whose core values align with ours … service excellence, family first, accountability and high integrity.”
Perimeter Solutions, which formulates and produces fire-suppression chemicals and oil additives used in combustion engines, was itself acquired by New York-based investment firm SK Capital Partners from Israel Chemicals Ltd. in March 2018.