Pye-Barker Acquires Commercial Fire Equipment Company

December was a fantastic month for acquisitions, starting with welcoming Commercial Fire Equipment Company to the team. Bruce Varnadoe started Commercial in 1988 after eight years of experience in the industry. After more than 35 years in the business, Bruce decided it was time to take a break from fire protection. Fortunately for Pye-Barker, he didn’t stay away very long. Bruce has returned on a part time basis to join his son, and new boss Kevin, as a member of our fire specialist team in Brandon, FL.

Commercial had a terrific reputation as a quality provider of fire safety products and services, and we welcome their highly skilled crew to the Pye-Barker family.

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!