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Hill/Ahern Fire Protection Joins Forces with Superior Mechanical Group, Promotes Coomes to President

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Shannon Coomes

Changes Position Fire Protection Contractor for Continued Growth

Hill/Ahern Fire Protection is pleased to announce that Hodgkins, IL-based Superior Mechanical Systems (SMS) will be joining the Hill/Ahern team. The resulting group will bring decades of fire protection expertise together to serve customers throughout the Chicago area.

“The decision to combine our resources was easy because the two companies’ shared values and visions are so well aligned,” explained Jim Hill, President of The Hill Group. “By teaming up, we will be able to better provide the exceptional customer service and quality installation that have made both SMS and Hill/Ahern leaders in the fire protection industry.”

Hill/Ahern also announces the promotion of Shannon Coomes from General Manager, to the position of President of Hill/Ahern.  “Shannon’s vision and leadership has led the Hill/Ahern team through four very successful years, and I am confident in her ability to continue to develop our business,” said Jim Hill. “With Shannon’s existing team and the addition of the SMS team, Hill/Ahern is positioned for an exceptional future.”

SMS co-owner Timothy M. Gavlin will serve as Vice President of Operations at Hill/Ahern, bringing over thirty-two years of industry experience to the team.

SMS founder, Patrick E. Sullivan will assume the role of Vice President of The Hill Group. 

Effective immediately, all SMS employees will be reporting to the Hill/Ahern offices in Franklin Park, IL.

Hill/Ahern Fire Protection is a jointly-owned partnership between The Hill Group and Ahern Fire Protection, a division of J. F. Ahern Co. that provides fire protection services to the greater Chicago area. The collaboration of both entities offers customers more than 200 years of combined industry experience, with Ahern being founded in 1880 and Hill forming in 1936. This longevity uniquely positions the Company to deliver sound estimates, offer expert advice, maintain cutting-edge technology, and employ quality personnel, while paying close attention to each customer’s individual needs.

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