Fire Protection Systems Corrosion Management, Inc. (“fpsCMI”) was incorporated in St. Louis, Missouri in January, 2003 by a group of engineers made up of principals from the firm Code Consultants, Inc. The formation of the company was in response to the corrosion problems experienced by a large retail client and the lack of proven solutions available to address fire sprinkler system corrosion.
During the next five years the company established a revenue base within the fire protection industry providing a range of products and services including chemical corrosion control systems, fire sprinkler system vents, corrosion monitoring devices, assessments and analytical testing services. In 2008, fpsCMI launched its own suite of corrosion management products. The new line of products was branded Engineered Corrosion Solutions (“ECS”).
In 2008 fpsCMI also began a long term research project to determine the root cause for the corrosion that was occurring in water based fire sprinkler systems. The results proved conclusively that oxygen was the primary cause for the corrosive degradation of fire sprinkler system piping. Based on the outcome of the research, fpsCMI began work on a process to eliminate oxygen from fire sprinkler systems by inerting the systems with nitrogen gas. The net effect is the development of corrosion management systems based on the use of nitrogen inerting technology.
Since that time the company worked to inform and educate the fire protection industry regarding the findings of its corrosion research. The company identified and developed consultative relationships with engineering firms and their end-user clients. A specific focus was pursued within the mission critical data center industry. As market awareness grows within the fire protection industry regarding the use of Dry Pipe Nitrogen Inerting (DPNI) and Wet Pipe Nitrogen Inerting (WPNI) technology, the applications have expanded to include every type of structure that is protected by water based fire sprinkler systems.
In March of 2013 the management team of fpsCMI worked with a group of private investors to acquire the company from the initial group of shareholders. The new company that formed is Engineered Corrosion Solutions, LLC.