Wind Point Partners Portfolio Company Acquires Neptune Fire Protection Engineering

WEYMOUTH, Mass., April 14, 2022 – Wind Point Partners (“Wind Point”) and portfolio company The Vertex Companies, LLC (“Vertex”), a leading multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm that provides forensic consulting, engineering design, construction advisory, dispute resolution, environmental consulting, and digital solutions, are pleased to announce the acquisition of Neptune Fire Protection Engineering, LLC (“Neptune” or the “Company”), a premier fire protection engineering and life safety services consultancy serving clients across the United States.

Established in 2005 and headquartered in Jacksonville Beach, FL, Neptune provides expertise in fire protection engineering, including fire suppression system design, forensics, loss prevention, and owner’s representation services to clients across a variety of end markets. Neptune expands Vertex’s southeastern presence and augments its multidisciplinary suite of services.

“We are extremely pleased to bring Neptune and its talented team into the Vertex family,” said Bill McConnell, CEO of Vertex. “Neptune strengthens our bench of technical experts and complements our engineering design, forensics, and owner’s representation groups, allowing us to serve our customers with a broader set of technical expertise for their real estate assets and projects.”

Andrew Chagnon, Managing Director of Vertex Engineering Design Services said, “Since my first meeting with the Neptune team, it was abundantly clear that our corporate cultures are in alignment, as both firms have a mutual dedication to our clients, our teammates, and our ever-present commitment to delivering first-class professional services.”

Neptune and its clients will have direct access to Vertex’s resources and suite of specialized services. “With Vertex, our team will continue to bring the technical excellence our clients rely on while expanding the breadth of our services to meet additional client needs,” said Steve Kowkabany, Principal and founder of Neptune. “We are extremely excited to join the Vertex family. This combination will add significant value to both our employees and our clients.”

“Neptune is an excellent addition to the Vertex platform,” stated Nathan Brown, Managing Director at Wind Point. “Strategic acquisitions that expand and complement Vertex’s service capabilities, technical excellence and value proposition are elemental to our value creation plan.  We are excited to continue supporting the growth of the platform with this excellent acquisition.”

Neptune represents Vertex’s first acquisition since partnering with Wind Point in September 2021. Wind Point and Vertex will continue seeking acquisitions that add exceptional talent, complementary employee-focused cultures, and a deep commitment to clients.