Family owned, certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE) with nearly 30 years of service in Florida will compete for top honors in the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Awards program
Tampa, Fla. – (July 23, 2013) – Cox Fire Protection, Inc., a leading provider of a full range of fire protection services to customers in the Southeast, has been chosen as one of five finalists for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year Awards in the 51-250 Employees category. The Awards highlight the impact of businesses with 250 employees or less on the community and celebrate the achievements of companies that demonstrate leadership and excellence in operational management, community involvement and ethical business practices. The winners will be announced at a banquet taking place on Friday, September 20 at the Tampa Convention Center.
“We’re humbled to be recognized among such extraordinary companies in Tampa Bay as a finalist for the Small Business of the Year Awards,” said Linda Cox, CEO of Cox Fire Protection. “This program is the ultimate recognition for business in the region. The review process was both rigorous and fun, and helped our team improve across the board as we prepared for each visit and interview. We are deeply grateful to the Tampa Chamber and leaders like Jamie Harden who offered us invaluable guidance and encouragement. But we’re most grateful to our customers, who inspire us to continually seek ways to exceed their expectations every day, and our employees, whose quality work and dedication are the foundation of our success.”
Several employees, such as Richard Holloway, Cox Fire Protection’s superintendent, have been with the company over 20 years.
The Small Business of the Year Awards will be presented in three categories based on the number of employees, with a fourth category created specifically for startup companies. An award will also be presented to the Outstanding Small Business Leader of the Year.
Cox Fire Protection is a family owned business founded in Tampa in 1984. The company has enjoyed steady growth since its inception. Founders Ron and Linda Cox credit the success of their business to the adherence of management goals built upon four pillars: quality, effective project management, competitive pricing, and on-time delivery and completion. Cox Fire Protection’s dedication to its core value of always “doing the right thing” for its customers has propelled its growth over the years and helped the company navigate good times as well as bad. Despite the recent recession and extreme volatility of the construction market in the past few years, Cox Fire Protection was able to identify new niches and maximize opportunities within them by opening offices in Ocala and Jacksonville. By realistically evaluating the current state of their core business and pivoting to take advantage of market conditions, the company was able to strengthen its competitiveness during the downturn and regain profitability – without eliminating jobs.
The Coxes are ensuring that the successful business they’ve built continues to thrive with the next generation. Son Scott Cox has become increasingly involved in executive leadership roles with the company. He is now Vice President and Director of Preconstruction Services and also serves on Cox Fire Protection’s board of directors.
“Cox Fire Protection has an exceptional management team and operates with excellence,” said Mark House, managing director for the Florida Division of the Beck Group. “Their early adoption of Building Information Management (BIM) and commitment to technology has set them apart from all of their competition. They are nimble enough to thrive in good times and successfully navigate the bad ones. They make community service a priority for everyone in their organization. We congratulate Linda, Ron, and their talented team on a job well done, and wish them continued success.”
More information about the Small Business of the Year Awards can be found at www.tampachamber.com.
About Cox Fire Protection, Inc.
Founded in 1984, Cox Fire Protection, Inc. is a leading provider of fire protections services to commercial businesses in Florida and the Southeast. A Florida certified Minority and Women Business Enterprise, Cox Fire Protection designs, fabricates and installs fire protection systems of all types and has grown to become one of the region’s most respected fire sprinkler contractors.
For more information, visit www.coxfire.com.
Ben was also recognized for perfect attendance this year as well as a GPA above 95%. Way to go Ben!
The above video is of a foam test for performed at MacDill Air Force Base. The system is a combination closed-head wet pipe sprinkler system and a high expansion foam system. The foam system is being discharged through the five foam generators over 35’ in the air. The ladder shown in the video is to help determine the height of the foam. Each rung of the ladder is 12”. Per NFPA 409, high expansion foam systems are designed to discharge an expanded mass of foam bubbles over the protected area to a depth of at least 3’ within 60 seconds and flow for a minimum of 12 minutes.
Cox Fire Protection was proud to recognize Beau Ledoux and Matt Taylor as graduates from ABC’s Apprenticeship Program on May 25. Both Beau and Matt are now Journeymen for Cox Fire, and we appreciate the dedication and commitment both of these men have demonstrated over the past four years.
A short film capturing the story of the Mischke’s. After a fire ravished their house and all of their belonging, the community came together to offer hope and a new start.
Beau Ledoux is completing his 4th year in ABC’s Apprenticeship Training. Because of the fact that Beau finished his 4th year in the top 5 in his class, he was given the opportunity to compete in ABC’s 2012 Apprenticeship Competition. Beau scored well on the written portion and produced a nearly perfect product on the practical portion of the competition Wednesday evening in front of a large crowd of supporters and onlookers. Cox is very proud to have been represented by Beau!
The holiday season is typically a time for family and family and pondering all the blessings that are ours. And fire sprinklers are not typically among the things that most people take time to count as “blessings.” However, if not for the fire sprinkler system at Bloomingdale High School, that community would quite possibly be mourning the loss of the beautiful building currently undergoing renovation.
Around 9 a.m. on Christmas morning a small fire started in the school’s media center, apparently caused by faulty wiring in a security light. After the light’s supports were burned through, the light crashed to fabric chairs below it. The chairs caught fire and just as catastrophe seemed imminent, the fire sprinklers discharged and the fire was contained. Though there was some water damage within the Media Center, no classrooms were touched by the fire, and classes resumed on schedule in Hillsborough County. This system is maintained and serviced by Cox Fire Protection, who is also participating in the major renovation of Bloomingdale High School with Allstate.
Ironically, just the week before, firefighters in Ponte Vedre Beach, Florida responded to an emergency call at 2:45 a.m. from Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass. Upon entering the building, SJCFR spokesman Jeremy Robshaw indicated that the firefighters entered a banquet storage room which had water and smoke coming from under the door. A fire apparently started in a laundry bin, and inside, they found that the sprinkler system activated and heavy smoke, but no fire. Again, the facility experienced some water damage, but the lovely Country Club stands intact, and largely untouched by the fire. This system was designed and installed by Evans Fire Protection, Cox Fire’s Jacksonville Branch, with Clark Construction, based in Tampa.
Here are a few picks from our April Apprenticeship Grads Fishing Trip.