Memphis Firm Buys Corinth Company

MEMPHIS, Tenn., – Memphis-based total protection company State Systems Inc. today announced the acquisition of Ver-Max Inc. – a fire protection company located in Corinth, Mississippi. The transaction was completed Friday, May 1, and State Systems began servicing existing Ver-Max customers the same day.

Long-known for its fire protection and suppression services in the Mid-South, the move allows State Systems to bolster its reach in the North Mississippi area and marks the fifth company acquisition in nearly 10 years for the family-owned protection and life safety systems company. The acquisition also offers Ver-Max customers access to additional offerings through State Systems’ comprehensive line of fire protection and technology services, including equipment, training and cleaning services; network integration; structured cabling systems and wireless support.

“This was a natural move for our company and one that enables our footprint to continue growing beyond the Mid-South,” said Bob McBride, president and CEO of State Systems. “We’re honored to be serving the customer base that Hayden and Ann Smith worked hard to build, and we look forward to matching their commitment to customer service and enhancing the products and services available in North Mississippi.”

Service of Ver-Max’s approximately 500 active customer accounts within a 50-mile radius of Corinth is currently underway by State Systems. All Ver-Max full-time employees will join State Systems’ existing team servicing the North Mississippi area, bringing State Systems’ total staff to 117 employees.

“The expertise and diversity of industries and product knowledge at State Systems is unparalleled,” said Hayden Smith, president at Ver-Max. “Ann and I are confident in this move and are excited to introduce our great customer base to the additional services State Systems provides.”

State Systems Inc. is a privately owned total protection company offering a wide range of products and services, which is housed in five separate company divisions. The company’s longest-standing and best-known services – fire protection equipment, prevention training and cleaning services – have been enhanced by new technology, including CCTV, access control and network services. For more information about State Systems, call 901-531-6550 or visit

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