Chicago-based RoadSafe Traffic Systems Inc., the nation’s largest provider of traffic control and pavement marking services, has acquired Barricade Services & Sales Inc. (BSSI). Based in Salt Lake City, BSSI is a supplier of traffic control products and services in the Utah market.

The acquisition of BSSI further establishes RoadSafe’s position in the Mountain West region and expansion into the Utah market, RoadSafe said in a release. The transaction follows RoadSafe’s recent growth in the Pacific Northwest and West Coast, including the acquisition earlier this year of Innovative Marking Systems in Bluffdale. It is RoadSafe’s first acquisition since entering into a partnership with private equity firms Investcorp and Trilantic North America in April.

“The addition of BSSI expands our service offerings while establishing our geographic presence in attractive, high-growth regions,” said David Meirick, CEO of RoadSafe. “Under the leadership and direction of Gary Shields, BSSI has a strong reputation in the industry and their level of service, combined with their years of experience, make them a strong fit for RoadSafe.”

BSSI founder Shields, will continue to lead the Utah traffic control operation along with the current management team.

“We are excited to join the RoadSafe family and will continue to provide our customers with excellent service while investing in our resources and our team,” said Shields. “RoadSafe’s focus on company culture, safety and customer service aligns well with our values and makes this a seamless choice for BSSI.”

“As RoadSafe continues to execute on its growth strategy, the addition of BSSI helps advance the company’s traffic control and pavement marking service offering in key markets,” said Joe Scarano, RoadSafe president. “We look forward to welcoming and working alongside the entire BSSI team.”

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