Potter Roemer Celebrates 75 Years in Business

Potter Roemer, the leading manufacturer of fire protection equipment, is celebrating its 75th year of success in the fire protection business. Founded in 1937 by Glee K. Potter and Ray H. Roemer, the company started as a manufacturer’s representative agency. The business grew slowly, but steadily in the beginning and when one of the manufacturers Potter Roemer represented discontinued a product line, Potter Roemer bought the dies, tools and patents.


In 1955, Potter Roemer began phasing out the manufacturer’s representative business in favor of expanding to a full line of fire protection equipment. By 1970, Potter Roemer was considered a major player in the fire protection market, with an ever growing network of representatives and a new eastern distribution center.

In 1972, Potter Roemer was acquired by Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co., a leading manufacturer of quality engineered plumbing and drainage products in the non-residential construction industry. Robert Roemer was appointed President.

Throughout the 70s and 80s, the company’s manufacturing facilities were moved to larger facilities to accommodate the growth of the company. In addition, new regional sales centers were opened in Charlotte, North Carolina, Chicago, Illinois and Atlanta, Georgia, and the eastern distribution center was relocated to Union, New Jersey.

In 2003, Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co. and Acorn Engineering Company formed a partnership alliance, which relocated Potter Roemer to City of Industry, CA, home of Acorn Engineering Company and headquarters of the parent company, Morris Group International.

Today, Potter Roemer has 5 distribution centers in the Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami and New York City areas. As Potter Roemer commemorates 75 years in business and looks to the future, our commitment to producing quality fire safety equipment is as steadfast as it has ever been. As a member of Morris Group International, Potter Roemer is well-equipped to face future changes and challenges with the same innovative spirit as our founders.