Pye-Barker Fire & Safety has acquired three companies from the Sonitrol Security Systems network. 

Pye-Barker closed in November on Sonitrol Security Services (dba Sonitrol of the Carolinas); Sonitrol of Charleston; and Sonitrol of the Midlands. Through these transactions, the Atlanta-based company gained four new locations, strengthening its market position as a single-source provider for integrated life-safety protection in North Carolina and South Carolina. 

All three Sonitrol companies offer security alarms, fire detection, video surveillance and access control services. 

Sonitrol of the Carolinas — which operates locations in Charlotte, N.C., and Greenville, S.C. — was the 2023 recipient of the Sonitrol Dealer of the Year award. Led by Wylie Fox and Bill Price, the company ranked No. 67 on the 2023 SDM 100

Sonitrol of Charleston and the Midlands referred to collectively as Sonitrol South Carolina and owned by John, Alan and Michael Rama serve customers from locations in Charleston and Columbia, S.C., and have been an integral part of the community since 1978. 

The owners of these Sonitrol acquisitions reflected on their decision to join the Pye-Barker Fire & Safety family of companies

“From our first meeting, the discussion with Pye-Barker centered around our people and our customers and having a strong commitment to do what we say we're going to do. These values and their commitment to be the best are identical to ours and ones we have worked to provide our customers over the last 35+ years,” said Fox. 

“Finding the right partner who will maintain our legacy was more important than the dollars received. We're thrilled to be aligned with a 77-year-old service company that really cares," said Price. 

The Rama family of Sonitrol South Carolina echoed these thoughts, stating, “Sonitrol has been a part of our family for three generations, and this will remain true. We know that our family of dedicated employees will be cared for by Pye-Barker,” said Alan Rama , owner, who will stay on with Pye-Barker. 

“Our success is rooted in our commitment to our customers and our employees. I am confident that our decision to merge with a like-minded company is the right choice for continued growth,” added John Rama. 

Fox and Price from Sonitrol of the Carolinas and the Ramas from Sonitrol South Carolina will remain on the Pye-Barker team to help drive market share and continue to serve customers in their respective markets. 

“We are proud to bring on these growth-minded and values-oriented teams to be part of Pye-Barker,” said Pye-Barker CEO Bart Proctor. “These additions support our vision to become the single-source provider of integrated fire protection and security services in every community.”