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Cox Fire installs “game-changing” Victaulic Vortex hybrid mist system at Orlando’s Rosen Hotel

on October 5, 2017


Cox Fire Protection is proud to have been named one of a very select few “Integrators” in the state of Florida for Victaulic Fire Suppression’s cutting-edge Vortex hybrid mist system.  “Through water droplets smaller than white blood cells and a naturally occurring gas – nitrogen, discharged from a single emitter, Victaulic Vortex efficiently absorbs heat and reduces oxygen to extinguish fires,” says Victaulic.  Benefits of this system include “nearly zero wetting of costly equipment, fine furnishings, no costly clean-up or equipment replacements, quick system recharge with minimal downtime, no need for assurance of tight room integrity and a green design that is safe for the environment and personnel.”

Cox Fire’s CEO, Linda Cox, states that “our first and very successful installation of this incredible system was recently completed at Orlando’s Rosen Hotel in the Switch Gear Room.  The opportunities this system presents for owners and builders are complete game-changers.  Cox leadership, including President, Scott Cox, Director of Preconstruction, Shane Rushlo, and Senior Estimator, Joe Furlong, are currently attending a second intensive training series in PA to explore in depth the ways Cox Fire can maximize the benefits of this system to our customer base.”

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Cox Fire Receives the Prestigious STEP Award

on October 5, 2017

Cox Fire recently received the prestigious STEP award, presented by Associated Builders and Contractors. This award “recognizes companies who exhibit a continued commitment to jobsite safety and whose safety performance and programs are judged to be exemplary by the ABC National Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) Committee.” Cox Fire recently hit a huge internal milestone of 3 consecutive years with no lost work days!

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ABC Announces 2018 NEXGEN Leadership Class

on August 18, 2017

Cox Fire’s Ryan Otwell accepted into ABC’s 2018 NEXGEN Leadership Class. Congratulations Ryan!

Original ABC Press Release

(TAMPA, FL) – August 17, 2017 The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors announced the members of the 2018 NEXGEN Leadership Class. ABC’s NEXGEN Leadership Training Program is an 8 month series of educational events designed to enhance the leadership skills and knowledge of high-potential construction professionals. Through one monthly educational sessions, peer-to-peer networking, and community involvement activities, ABC’s NEXGEN prepares these professionals for leadership roles within their company and with ABC. The selection process required review by an appointed selection committee.

The NEXGEN Leadership year begins in September and runs through April with members meeting every month for leadership development and industry specific education. “We are extremely excited about the talent we have assembled for our 2018 class,” said Steve Cona III, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors. “During the interview process these individuals displayed a very high level of excitement and eagerness to grow their knowledge while sharing their experiences.”

2018 Co-Chairs: Hillary Morgan (Trent Cotney, PA), Kirk Austin (David Nelson Construction) & Mike Iosue (Skoda Minotti).

2018 NEXGEN Leadership Class

Warren Shilling, Adams Group Sidd Bartakke, Moss & Associates
Scott Wall, Argos USA Molly Burchette, OHC Environmental Engineering
Quinn Lyons, Barcelona Equipment Company DJ Rothwell, Piper Fire Protection
Lindsay Ryle, Batson-Cook Company Elyse Acanda, Plan Grid
Brian Davis, BCI Integrated Solutions Jules Kranz, Siemens Industry
Stacy Chuang, Clark Construction Group Marissa Hamilton, Sonny Glasbrenner
Ryan Otwell, Cox Fire Protection Leonardo Rubio, Suffolk Construction
Marisa McGough, DPR Construction Veronique Vorbe, The Beck Group
Tom Morgenthau, Emerald Engineering Stephanie Hosseini, Tri-City Electrical Contractors
Aaron Mohr, Gaylor Electric Bill Bryant, Turner Construction Company
Jordan Hoover, Gilbane Building Company Bo Dring, Walbridge
Luis Aguiar, Harper Limbach Edward Buggy, Wallace Welch & Willingham
Emily Morrell, Hill, Ward & Henderson, PA Daniel Dexter, Wal-Mark Contracting Group
Ryan Thibodeaux, Kast Construction Company Matt Valentine, Wehr Constructors
David Steger, Manhattan Construction

For more information on ABC’s NEXGEN Leadership Program, please contact Jessica Cox at (813) 879-8064 or

About ABC

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national trade association representing 22,000 members from more than 19,000 construction and industry-related firms. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 72 chapters help members win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work. ABC’s membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors of the industry.

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ABC of Florida announced its endorsement Adam Putnam for governor at its state convention in Marco Island

on July 28, 2017

Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida, representing more than 2,600 companies across the state, is not waiting for the likes of Ron DeSantis, Jack Latvala, and Richard Corcoran to decide on mounting campaigns for governor. ABC of Florida announced its endorsement Adam Putnam for governor tonight at its state convention in Marco Island.

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Build Tampa Bay Update

on July 26, 2017

An update from Linda Cox regarding the Build Tampa Bay Foundation:

Hello friends of Build Tampa Bay!  As many of you know, our Build Tampa Bay event in April was huge, and surpassed our wildest expectations.  Our event at the Port of Tampa was attended by approximately 900 high school juniors and seniors, as well as a number of dignitaries and celebrities.  Titus O’Neil delivered a straight-talk presentation to the kids, and Governor Rick Scott was in attendance and shared with the kids and their teachers his gratitude in seeing young people and educators interested in investing themselves in the development of the State of Florida’s future.

We’ve been thrilled with the level of support and encouragement we’ve received from Hillsborough County and surrounding county School Boards.  Feedback to us is that Build Tampa Bay is bridging a huge gap that has been in existence in terms of guiding those kids who are not college bound – for whatever reason – into lucrative, productive, professional careers in the construction industry.  We are continuing to look for ways we can reach their parents as well, and intend, through the course of this school year, to attend College and Career Days scheduled by Hillsborough County Schools.  I will be back in touch as we have events scheduled, and if you’d like to participate in small scale events before our next big annual event – we’d love to have you.

Here’s the thrilling news – over the course of last year’s Build Tampa Bay activity, we interviewed at least 113 young people.  52 of those young people were offered jobs, and at this point, 22 have accepted employment!  We are building our own workforce!

Thanks for your support!

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AFFF Ansul High Expansion Foam System

on July 26, 2017

AFFF Ansul High Expansion Foam System at the Validus Hangar – Sarasota Airport. There were representatives from 4 different fire department jurisdictions on site to watch the test.

Time-lapse version: AFFF Ansul High Expansion Foam System at the Validus Hangar – Sarasota Airport.

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Linda Cox Featured as Panel Speaker at the 2017 Education Connection – Signature Event

on July 21, 2017


How do we fill the gap in the skilled work force?

Join us as we discuss solutions to meet the demands of growth, cure the workforce shortage, reduce college drop-out rates and provide students with more career options. Our panelists aim to educate parents, students, teachers, school counselors, legislators and the community by changing the conversation.

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Scott Cox – People on the Move

on May 25, 2017

After more than 15 years in the industry, Scott is assuming the role of President of Cox Fire Protection, and will be making many of the decisions affecting day to day operations of Cox Fire’s three branches – Tampa, Ocala and Jacksonville.

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New Leadership Announced at Cox Fire Protection

on May 12, 2017

Florida’s premier fire sprinkler contractor appoints Scott Cox as President and Shane Rushlo as Director of Pre-Construction Services

Tampa, Fla., Friday, May 12, 2017 – Cox Fire Protection, Florida’s premier fire sprinkler and fire protection services company, announced this week, that Scott Cox, a 2004 graduate of Anderson University and son of founders Ron and Linda Cox, has been promoted to the role of President. “Scott has assumed an active role in managing the daily operations of the business and deserves the title associated with the work he is doing,” says Ron Cox.

“For more than 30 years, our passion to protect families and businesses has been realized with the growth and success of Cox Fire,” said Linda Cox. “While we’re beginning to step away from daily operations, we know our mission will continue to be realized with our tremendous staff, as well as the company’s new leadership.”

Founded in 1984, Cox Fire has grown to be one of the Southeast’s largest fire sprinkler contractors. Under their combined leadership, Cox Fire was named one of the Top 25 Women Owned Businesses in the Greater Tampa Bay area, recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in 2014, ‘15 and ‘16, was named one of Florida’s 100 Fastest Growing Businesses in 2016 , and was named one of USF’s Fast 56 – Top 56 Bull-Led Businesses internationally, in 2016 and 2017.  Scott started with Cox Fire in 2006 and moved into management in 2013   Under his leadership in his position as Director of Preconstruction from 2013 – 2017, Cox Fire experienced an 87% growth in revenue.  In 2015, Associated Builders and Contractor’s Gulf Coast Chapter named Scott Cox the Young Professional of the Year.

“I’ve learned so much about customer service and doing the job right from my mother and father, and share their values to protect families and businesses,” said Scott Cox. “I’m humbled to take on this new role as President and will work hard to continue to grow Cox Fire and ensure that our customers can depend on the same level of integrity and quality of work that Cox is known for.”

Longtime employee, Shane Rushlo has accepted the position of Director of Pre-Construction Services, previously held by Scott. Rushlo started with the company in 2001, and attended apprenticeship school through Associated Builders and Contractors.  In 2006, in a national competition held in Las Vegas, Nevada, Rushlo was named the #1 Sprinkler Fitter in the country.   That experience launched a very successful career with Cox Fire, with Shane growing from tradesman and builder, to successful roles in project management and contract sales. “Shane’s dedication to this company and the clients we serve is unparalleled, and we’re thrilled to promote him to the director level,” said Scott Cox. “The work ethic demonstrated throughout his career has prepared him for this new leadership challenge and I look forward to seeing our company continue to grow under his leadership.”

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