Pye-Barker Acquires Ace Fire Sprinklers

Owner Leo Castro, left, with PBFS Director of Business Development Chuck Reimel

Pye-Barker is proud to announce our latest acquisition of A Fire Protection Plus and Ace Fire Sprinklers in Hialeah, Florida. This is an important addition, as it enables us to expand our fire protection services in the southeastern part of Florida by offering fire sprinkler and backflow inspections and repairs. It also complements our pursuit of the leading fire protection companies in the region, marked by our acquisition of Sea Coast Fire in Miami and Triangle Fire in Doral, Florida.

The joint companies have been family owned and operated since their beginning almost 30 years ago. Owner Emilio “Leo” Castro grew up in the fire protection industry and felt very comfortable starting his own business doing the work he watched his father do for decades. He established A Fire Protection Plus first in 1990 and was joined soon after by his cousin, Jorge Santamaria. As their business grew, the demand for a full range of fire protection services became apparent, so the cousins started Ace Fire Sprinklers out of the same office to better serve their clients and expand their presence in the area. The family-based origins of the business came full circle when Leo’s son, EJ, joined the team a few years after Ace Fire Sprinklers was founded, becoming the third generation to master this trade and marking the company’s great success since its creation.

A Fire Protection Plus/Ace Fire Sprinklers boasts a high employee retention rate and the team members share a close bond that is evident to all those they service. They take great pride in treating each client with care and respect and set themselves apart from their competitors through their attention to detail and extensive industry knowledge. Their years of experience combined with their deep ties to the surrounding community have helped them become industry leaders in their market.

Leo shared that “deciding to join the Pye-Barker family was an easy decision because of shared common core values and vision for the future.” He and his wife Kathy, who has been integral since the company’s founding, will be staying on to lead the new PBFS Hialeah, he as Sprinkler Division Manager and she in an administrative position. We are honored to continue this family’s legacy in this region and excited to add fire sprinkler and backflow services to our list of fire protection offerings for our southeastern Florida customers.

Welcome to the family, A Fire Protection Plus and Ace Fire Sprinklers!

Pye-Barker is a proud collection of small to moderate sized companies and has provided many owners with a satisfying exit strategy that provided peace of mind for themselves and their staff. If you would like to speak to someone confidentially about the opportunities available for you and your business, please reach out to our Director of Business Development, Chuck Reimel, at 910-612-6252 or send a private email to We look forward to hearing from you!