Protect LLC, a national safety, reliability, and compliance services firm based in Wichita, Kan., and a portfolio company of Spire Capital Partners, has acquired Houston Integrity Consultants, a provider of risk-based inspection (RBI) services including inspection data management system (IDMS) software.

HIC consults with clients to evaluate equipment and inspection data and develop inspection programs. The combined Protect, HIC organization will be led by Nathan VanderGriend, president and CEO. Stuart Beveridge and his HIC team will also join Protect’s mechanical integrity division.

“The acquisition of Houston Integrity Consultants represents a significant milestone for our company and compliments our current mechanical integrity (MI), process safety management, and engineering capabilities” states VanderGriend. “With HIC’s capabilities and experience, we can now offer our clients additional MI inspection program strategies and highly desirable software applications to support their overall programs.”

Dentons US LLP served as legal counsel to Protect. Weycer Kaplan Pulaski & Zuber PC served as legal counsel to HIC.