Balancing a family and a business is a challenging task that entrepreneurs face every day. Each year, the Small Business Administration (SBA) recognizes this by honoring successful family-owned small businesses throughout New England. This year, the Jeffrey Butland Family Owned Business of the Year award – acknowledging a small business with at least a 15-year track record that has passed ownership from one generation to another – was awarded to Industrial Protection Services.

The family owned and operated company, Industrial Protection Services, LLC, was founded by the late Richard “Dick” Murphy and his wife Ellen Murphy. Dick and Ellen started the business in 1993 and grew it to be the foundation of IPS today. After his time in the service, Murphy entered the private sector and quickly realized something was missing. Recognizing the need for a professional distributor specific to the fire service, Murphy created Industrial Protection Services, LLC (IPS) located in Salem, New Hampshire. He realized through the creation of IPS how much he would be able to help address the unresolved needs of fire departments throughout New England. With arduous work, time, and many passionate people, IPS quickly became the area’s premier fire service equipment distributor, serving all of Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire.

Today, IPS is the largest distributor and service provider of Scott Air-Pak’s in all of New England. Recognizing their strength in providing on-site sales and service, they pioneered the first mobile Air-Pak service truck in New England. They now have five such vehicles and an impressive team of highly trained personnel on the road to efficiently serve their industry. In 2004, IPS created another first by designing a truck that would allow them to hydro-test SCBA cylinders at all of their customers’ locations. Not only were they the first company in 2004 able to provide this as a mobile service, but still today in 2023, they are honored to say we are the only company able to do it.

Every day each member of the Industrial Protection Services, LLC family is constantly looking for ways to better serve and meet the demands of their customers. They are regularly broadening their product line to provide the New England area fire service with a “One Stop Shop.” They now carry, in addition to 3M Scott Fire and Safety, Holmatro Rescue Tools, Fire-Dex gear, MSA/Cairns helmets, Rae Systems and BW Technologies gas detectors, Zodiac Milpro rescue boats, Akron Brass nozzles, Chemguard foam, and so much more.

IPS promises to always guarantee a level of excellence unmatched in the industry. To learn more about Industrial Protection Services,, check us out on all major social media platforms, or call us today at 603- 685- 8040.