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John Ratliff

The little fire company that could

Fire systems in 14 schools in five months? A handful of dedicated employees pull it off
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11/03/2011

TRAVELERS REST, S.C.—The Addison Safety Group is a small company with just seven employees doing installation and service, but this summer it decided to take on projects that included installing fire systems in 14 area schools—with contracts for each school averaging around $120,000. The opportunity was just too good to pass up, said company president and CEO John Ratliff.
But Addison, which is based here, had to do the work in just five months—along with completing its regular workload, which included several churches and a high-rise apartment building.