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ATLANTA, June 11, 2024 ~ Pye-Barker Fire & Safety, the largest fully integrated and full-service fire protection, life safety and security services provider in the United States, has recently announced its acquisition of Bates Security. This move solidifies Pye-Barker's position as a leader in the industry and expands its reach into new territories.

Bates Security, ranked No. 32 on the latest SDM Top 100 list, is a well-respected security and alarms systems provider with headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky. The company also operates offices in Prestonsburg, Jacksonville, Vero Beach, and Lake Placid. With this acquisition, Pye-Barker gains access to new customers throughout Kentucky, Florida, and South Georgia.

The Bates family founded the company in 1984 with a mission to protect lives and livelihoods through advanced security technology. Sonny Bates, a former US Air Force military police officer, developed an interest in security systems while working for the Dallas Police Department. Along with his wife Pat, they entered the security industry and built a successful business that is now run by their sons Jeremy and Bryan Bates.

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"We are excited to join forces with Pye-Barker Fire & Safety," said Jeremy Bates, President and Co-Owner of Bates Security. "In considering our options for selling our business, it was clear that Pye-Barker was the best fit for our company, team, and family. We have seen firsthand how they have honored their promises to other dealers who have sold to them and are confident that they will continue to support our team and uphold our culture."

Bryan Bates, Co-Owner of Bates Security added that Pye-Barker's mission aligns perfectly with their own passion statement of "Building a great company by enabling personal success." He expressed excitement about the growth opportunities for both employees and clients as part of Pye-Barker.

Pye-Barker CEO Bart Proctor also shared his enthusiasm for the acquisition, stating, "The Bates family has built an impressive and highly successful business with a strong foundation of values that align with Pye-Barker. We are committed to upholding the local feel that has made Bates Security an integral part of its communities and a great place to work for all team members."

The transaction was facilitated by Mark Sandler, Managing Director at SPP Advisors. With Pye-Barker's support, the Bates team will continue to serve customers in the Southeast and maintain their commitment to excellence in the security industry.
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