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FirstOnSite Restoration Expands in National Capital Region by Agreeing to Acquire JPL Disaster Recovery

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We are pleased to announce that we will be strengthening our presence in the National Capital Region by acquiring JPL Disaster Recovery, a company with more than 50 years of experience and expertise in disaster restoration in Gatineau, Ottawa, and the Outaouais region.

This transaction is part of FirstOnSite’s ongoing growth and begins the next phase of our expansion and acquisition plans. It follows FirstService Corporation’s acquisition of FirstOnSite and Interstate Restoration in May and continues the focus on industry leadership, global growth, and the provision of exceptional experiences. FirstOnSite joined forces with U.S.-based Interstate in 2016, creating the second-largest independent restoration provider in North America.

“FirstOnSite and Interstate have had the vision to be a global leader in the disaster restoration industry, and this acquisition represents another important milestone for our combined company,” says Dave Demos, CEO, FirstOnSite. “JPL shares our desire to continue to provide an exceptional experience for our clients.”

FirstOnSite has committed to growing in the Quebec region, opening branches in Quebec City, Ottawa, and Ste-Agathe, QC over several years, complementing our regional flagship Montréal branch. This has helped to make us the largest full service commercial and residential restoration provider in Quebec and the National Capital Region.

“FirstOnSite is a trusted partner that shares our values and business goals, making this the right decision for JPL Disaster Recovery,” said Earl Laforest (company owner), and now VP Operations & Acquisitions – Quebec and National Capital Region, FirstOnSite.

JPL Disaster Recovery, the leading full-service restoration provider in Gatineau, QC, was founded in 1966 and employs about 70 people. This acquisition cements FirstOnSite’s presence and leadership in the National Capital Region.

“We are delighted that JPL has decided to join the FirstOnSite family,” said Barry J. Ross, EVP, FirstOnSite Restoration. “Together with the fantastic team from JPL, we will be able to extend our residential offer to expand the Gatineau region while also providing greater consistency and reach to our commercial customers across Quebec and the National Capital as a whole.”


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