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Detectortesters heralds acquisition of The Hose Monster Company

20 May 2024

DETECTORTESTERS – ITSELF a portfolio company of Inflexion Private Equity Partners – has announced the acquisition of The Hose Monster Company, the Illinois-based flow testing equipment manufacturer.

Founded back in 1993 in North America, The Hose Monster Company is committed to providing market-leading products for a global customer base in the fire pump, standpipe and fire hydrant testing field.

Across the years since inception, the company has developed an impressive reputation, providing solutions that actively help to save lives and property by verifying water-based fire protection systems perform as required when a fire episode occurs.

The Hose Monster Company’s products have consistently led the market thanks to the use of innovative technology designed to drive improvements through the development of new solutions, the most recent being the launch of The Smart Monster line of products, which is purposefully configured to move the flow testing market into the digital age.

Commenting on the announcement, Robert Campbell (CEO of Detectortesters) explained to Fire Safety Matters: “We are very excited to welcome The Hose Monster Company into the Detectortesters Group. Throughout its 30-plus years in business, the organisation has been a constant innovator that has always sought to improve standards within the industry. The company’s ambitions and values match strongly with those of our own. We now very much look forward to collaborating with the talented team based in Illinois to strengthen the business still further.”

Campbell added: “This is our third acquisition in recent years. We also look forward to other similarly exciting additions that will complement our customer offer in times ahead.”

Positive development

Mike Tobey, CEO of The Hose Monster Company, responded: “The partnership with Detectortesters is a hugely positive development for everyone connected with The Hose Monster Company. It will enable us to reach the global fire protection community in a way that wasn’t possible before now. We can bring our reliable, accurate and efficient flow testing products to new markets and, in the process, make the world a safer place.”

Tobey concluded: “We look forward to seeing what we can accomplish for our customers with the addition of Detectortesters’ advanced engineering and technical development expertise. The business is well positioned to take what we’ve done with the new Smart Monster line and supercharge its capabilities.”

Detectortesters, of course, specialises in fire detector testing. Its product ranges are currently sold in over 140 countries to keep buildings and their occupants safe from the risk of fire.

The company’s latest solution, Testifire XTR2, is the industry’s first connected test solution, combining functional testing with the live reporting of test results.

The Detectortesters Group employs over 160 members of staff and boasts manufacturing and warehousing sites in Hertfordshire and New Jersey. The company is an ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 approved manufacturer, listed in The Sunday Times’ WorldFirst SME Export Track 100 league table and has won three Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

*Further information is available online at www.detectortesters.com and www.hosemonster.com