Pye-Barker Enters Tallahassee!

L-R: PBFS Owner Roger Lumsden, Director of Business Development Chuck Reimel, and Interstate Owner Mike Wester

Pye-Barker is excited to announce our entrance into Tallahassee, Florida with the acquisition of Interstate Fire Systems, Inc. This new branch in Florida’s state capital marks our emergence into this area of the state, and we hope that this beginning will be the first of many new branches to come in Florida’s famous panhandle.

Interstate Fire Systems was founded in 1973 and has developed a reputation as the go-to fire protection provider in the Tallahassee market. For nearly 50 years the Interstate team has offered a full range of fire and life safety services to the area, and now owner Mike Wester is ready to leave the company in Pye-Barker’s capable hands.

When Mike decided he was ready to retire, he wanted to find an exit strategy that would be mutually beneficial for himself and his team. He was pleased to find what he hoped for in Pye-Barker’s offer. The skilled staff of Interstate Fire will carry on Mike’s legacy by continuing to offer premium fire safety services to their customers while Mike enjoys having more time to devote to his true passion: trading classic cars. Mike will be staying on for the next few weeks to make the transition as smooth as possible for his employees while his wife, Susan, will remain in her role as office manager for the new branch.

We are looking forward to building a presence in this beautiful part of the state. Welcome to the family, Interstate Fire!

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!