December 6, 2019 – GrayRobinson shareholders Gary M. Berkson, W. Michael Clifford, Paul S. Quinn, Jr., and Nora H. Miller served as legal counsel to Florida Irrigation Supply, Inc. (“FIS Outdoor”) a privately held distributor of irrigation, outdoor lighting, and landscape products, in its acquisition by Heritage Landscape Supply Group, Inc. ("Heritage"). The transaction closed in Orlando on November 22, 2019.
“FIS Outdoor has been a long-standing client of the Firm,” said Clifford, shareholder in the Orlando office of GrayRobinson. “We have valued our relationship with their team over the years, including its principals Jon Tannler and Fred Tannler. We are pleased to assist the FIS Outdoor team in the successful transition of their business.”
Founded in Orlando, Florida, in 1974, FIS Outdoor operates a network of 39 branches across the Southeast, servicing professional irrigation and landscape contractors, municipalities, golf course superintendents, and other green industry professionals. FIS’s entire sales and operations team will be staying with the Company to run the business, which will ensure continuity and consistency for its customer and supplier partners. Heritage will continue to operate these branches under the FIS Outdoor name.
In a press release issued by Heritage following the transaction, Heritage President Matt McDermott commented, “We are so excited to add this game-changing and strategic acquisition to our network. With the addition of FIS’s 39 locations to the growing Heritage family of companies, we gain a phenomenal group of talented industry veterans and a premier platform in the Southeast to complement our existing footprint. FIS provides the geographic diversity and scale to make Heritage the preferred platform for independent landscape supply distributors to join going forward.”
Jon Tannler, President of FIS Outdoor, added, “It is with great excitement that we embark on this new phase of growth for FIS Outdoor by preserving our legacy and heritage while simultaneously providing our amazing team with the resources they need to take the Company to new heights.”