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Getz Fire Equipment Celebrates 60th Anniversary

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October 02, 2017
In March of 1957, Melvin Getz started Getz Fire Equipment to satisfy the needs of his customers with the highest quality service and products.  Sixty years later, the same family dedication exists.
Melvin began part-time by selling Red Comet fire extinguishers door-to-door to local farmers in the Eureka area of Central Illinois.  After a few months, Melvin decided to leave his full time job of hauling grain and livestock to start his own fire protection company in the big city of Peoria.
Throughout these past sixty years, Getz Fire Equipment has grown to become a one stop shop for all your fire protection needs.  From the residential owner needing smoke/carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers, to the high rise or multi-building facilities requiring specialized fire alarms and engineered fire suppression systems, Getz Fire Equipment provides a range of products and services including portable fire extinguishers, special hazard suppression systems, fire alarms, sprinkler inspections, backflow testing, video surveillance, fire training, restaurant fire systems, first aid supplies, restaurant hood and duct cleaning, and even fleet pressure washing. 
Melvin Getz passed away in 2015, but his son Rod Getz along with grandsons Jesse and Jason carry on Melvin’s commitment to serving the needs of customers.  Rod also has four other siblings and nephew working to continue this mission.  Serving the majority of Illinois and parts of Iowa, Missouri, and Indiana, Getz Fire Equipment employs over 135 fire protection specialists and does over $21 million in sales annually.  Getz Fire Equipment has the size and experience for the largest industrial facility and the dedication to customer service one would expect from a family company.
“During this special year, we would like to express our sincere thanks to all our employees, customers, and suppliers for partnering with us in the past sixty years of growth,” says Rod Getz.  “We are excited to maintain these relationships as we continue to grow throughout the next sixty years.”
Rod Getz, President
(309) 673-0761

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