HISTORY

         
  1980
  • F.I.R.E. Inc. founded by R.G. "Dick" Toward after 23 years of insurance claims service as a property adjuster
  • Specializing in building damage repairs and restorations
  • Operated out of home and garage with 1 employee
 
 
  1981
  • F.I.R.E. expands and moves to 43 Scott St., renting a shop and office of about 1000 sf, now with 4 employees
 
 
  1985
  • THE CLEANING COMPANY is born to specialize in disaster cleanups, deflooding/ drying/dehumidifying/deodorizing and carpet and upholstery cleaning as well as handling contents
  • Both businesses move to new rented premises of 3,500 sf at 50 Niagara St. in St. Catharines with a staff of 8
 
 
  1986
  • Stan Dymczak, B.Sc., CIP, CR. joins the company after 10 years as a claims adjuster, becoming a partner in 1990
 
 
  1987
  • Expanded shop to 5,000 sf by renting adjoining warehouse
  • Became a distributor of WINDOW IMPRESSIONS replacement door and window and patio door products
 
 
  1988
  • Began association with MUNTERS MOISTURE CONTROL SERVICES, becoming Niagara's premier water damage restoration firm with the largest inventory of modern drying equipment and professionally trained and certified technicians
 
 
  1992
  • COVERINGS NIAGARA formed, to handle increasing need for floor covering repairs and replacement. Servicing the insurance claims industry and our retail community.
 
 
  1993
  • Moved to our own new building at 105 Benfield Drive
  • Over 11,000 sf of offices, showrooms, shop and storage space
  • The F.I.R.E. Group of Companies now employs over 20 full time staff, plus several part-time and numerous subtrades
 
 
  2000
  • Moved to our new location at 264 Welland Ave. St. Catharines - Over 20000 square feet of offices, showrooms, warehouse, shop and storage space
 
  2004
  • Opened new flooring warehouse / showroom for retail sales of flooring, doors & windows and kitchen cabinets
 
  2005
  • 25 Year Outstanding Business Achievement Award from Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce
 
  2006
  • Company founder and President R.G. "Dick" Toward, retired. New management group of Stan Dymczak, Jim Belanger, Jason Ciceran, Frank LeRose and Ted Lis assume ownership.
 
  2010
  • F.I.R.E. Inc. celebrates 30 years of service in the Niagara Region
  • Employees Norm Hoare and Stan Dymczak mark 25 years with the company
  • F.I.R.E. Group nominated for Business Achievement Award by St. Catharines - Thorold Chamber of Commerce
 
 
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