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Nelbud Services Group, Inc Acquires Great Lakes Fire Protection based in McHenry, Illinois

McHenry, April 19th, 2021 — Nelbud Services Group, Inc., the nation’s largest self-performing commercial kitchen ventilation services provider and fire protection company, completes acquisition of Great Lakes Fire Protection based in McHenry, Il. The rebranding of the company’s assets to the Nelbud brand further expands Nelbud’s US Footprint.

In describing the acquisition, CEO Michael Crafton said, “Great Lakes Fire Protection is one of the most admired companies with the most respected customer bases in the Midwest and is known for consistent quality. Great Lakes customers and service offerings are strategically positioned, geographically, to Nelbud’s core customer base. Combined with Nelbud’s industry-leading technology services, Nelbud will be able to adapt to the market’s increasing desire for high-quality services delivered with speed, efficiency and reporting transparency.”


Over the past five years, Nelbud has combined several acquired companies under the Nelbud name to reflect a persistent dedication to safety, quality and customer service. During that time, Nelbud has doubled its geographic footprint to serve 21 states with unparalleled reporting technology. Services include commercial fire protection, kitchen exhaust system cleaning maintenance and repair, and grease trap pumping services. Nelbud is the only ISO 9001 certified hood cleaning company in the country


Nelbud, headquartered in Indianapolis, is the country’s largest self-performing commercial kitchen exhaust system cleaning, Fire Protection, and Waste-Water Company and the industry’s only ISO 9001-2015 certified company in the country. Nelbud integrates advanced technology into the customer experience, providing customers the ability to track their services in real-time, with videos, photos and audio reporting. Nelbud’s customers include regional and national restaurant chains, sports arenas, casinos, government buildings, hospitals and schools.

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