Fire safety division unveils sixth acquisition to increase UK coverage

The fire and security division of JLA has followed up its recent succession of acquisitions with the addition of MacDonald Martin, the division’s sixth fire safety acquisition, for an undisclosed sum.

Critical equipment supply and service partner JLA, which operates out of offices in Manchester and near Halifax, said JLA fire safety and security is now a national offering, supporting commercial laundry, catering, infection control and heating as the business grows in line with its ambition be a trusted partner across every aspect of a business’s critical assets.

Serving more than 25,000 customers in diverse sectors from healthcare, care homes and schools to hotels and social housing, JLA said its success is derived from tailored solutions to meet individual needs.

Over the past 13 years, Sunderland-based MacDonal Martin has built up strong credentials across the North East, Yorkshire and the Midlands, providing everything from design, installation and maintenance of fire alarm systems, fire doors, signage and extinguishers through to fire risk assessments, plus security offerings including intruder alarms, CCTV and access controls.

Rob Harris, managing director of fire at JLA, said: “The speed at which our fire safety and security division is growing is a reflection of JLA’s commitment to being a true partner across all aspects of its customers’ critical facilities.

“We are delighted to welcome MacDonald Martin to the group.

“The industry expertise coupled with the addition of 18 highly skilled engineers, taking our total in fire safety to circa 150, enable JLA’s national coverage and capabilities to continue to grow, opening up even greater opportunities to provide unique solutions for our customers.”

Andy Trafford, MacDonald Martin director, said: “I am absolutely delighted that MacDonald Martin have become part of the JLA family.

“We share the same values in terms of our customer-centric ethos and the investment from JLA will enable us to grow and prosper together.”