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SUCCESS

SPEC I AL ADVE RTI SI NG SEC TI O N

FROM THE PRESIDENT

The company builds solid relationships with top manufacturers in the market, meaning Austin Fire Systems offers customers quality and cutting-edge solutions tailored to meet their specific needs. “Our customers demand value and we provide custom solutions to meet their needs,” Russell says. In the past two years, Austin Fire Systems has experienced remarkable growth. In addition to a 10-acre campus at its headquarters in Prairieville, the company has added locations in Lafayette, Shreveport, and Baytown, Texas. Both the Prairieville and Baytown locations have fabrication shops totalling more than 56,000 square feet which enables them to provide custom parts at a moment’s notice. Additionally, these shops provide

all fabrication for Austin Fire’s engineered design packages. “By controlling the material and the labor on all jobs, we meet our customers schedules,” Russell says. Another significant enhancement at Austin Fire Systems is the newly created Austin Safety Services division led by Dave Reed, vice president of safety sales and services with more than 35 years experience. This division provides the highest level of service for customers’ life-safety equipment needs, which includes compliance to governmental guidelines, i.e., ANSI and OSHA and the manufacturers’ requirements. Using the industry’s most trusted life-safety and compliance reporting systems to meet regulatory standards for all industrial facilities, Austin Safety Services ensures

the customer’s safety systems are maintained in proper working order. “The team is experienced and dedicated to each other and the customers we serve through honesty and integrity to always do the job right,” says Reed. “We added Austin Safety Services to better serve our customers and provide a more complete solution,” Russell says. “Our customers now can choose one source for all their fire, safety and emergency systems.” With the new division, Austin Fire Systems heightens the customers’ ability to maximize efficiency, save money and reduce risk. This leads to more productive facilities and safer workplaces and communities. This truly is the Austin Advantage. The company’s laser focus on safety has consistently been recognized by the industry and customers they serve. Austin Fire Systems has received the first-place award for Contractor Safety Excellence in the category of Technical Support Contractors at the GBRIA awards every year since 2017. “We take pride in what we do because it saves lives and property. Our safety culture and safety record solidify who we are and what we believe in,” Russell says. “Our goal is to send every employee home to their families each night without injury.”

AT A GLANCE PRIMARY PRODUCT/SERVICE: Fire protection systems, including engineering, construction, maintenance, safety TOP EXECUTIVES: Russell Ritchie, PE, President; Lindell Broussard, VP of Operations Louisiana.; Tony Pyle, VP of Operations Texas; Christy Ritchie, Director of Technology/Marketing YEAR FOUNDED: 1999 • PHONE: 225.677.9850 • WEBSITE: stopfire.com

2010

2015 Company name changes to Austin Fire Systems, opens second location in Lafayette, and adds 7000 square feet of warehouse space in Prairieville.

2015

2017 Purchases a building in Rayne, La., moves its second location to a permanent site, and adds 10,000 square feet of office space in Prairieville.

When I formed Austin Fire Systems 20 years ago, my goal was to build a company that could deliver a total fire and safety solution to our customers. The best asset we have is the employees. Surrounding yourself with the smartest, brightest people you can find is one of the most important keys to success. The ability to build and retain a great staff is why we are so successful at keeping our customers satisfied. I am so thankful to my entire staff, especially my director of technology and marketing—my wife Christy—for helping me achieve my goals. At Austin, we have a familyoriented culture that drives our organization to achieve the highest level of safety. Our employees are compelled to work safely together as a team to solve any problem. Out on the jobs or in the office, we always have each other’s back. Our safety record is a direct reflection on how having a familyoriented culture drives success. I would like to thank all of our employees, customers, spouses and family members who have helped us grow Austin Fire over the last 20 years. From a single service truck to over 80 vehicles in our fleet today, we are here and ready to serve our customers.

RUSSELL RITCHIE President

2020

2018 Adds locations in Shreveport, La. and Baytown, Texas as the company grows more than 50 percent annually since 2013.

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