we are globe

Service. Systems. Support.

history

Globe Fire Sprinkler is a family owned fire sprinkler manufacturer, headquartered in Michigan. We celebrated 100 years of continuous production of Globe Sprinklers and Valves in 2014; the Globe name has persisted in its enduring identity since the introduction of the first Globe Issue "A" Sprinkler in 1914. Globe developed the earliest lever-fulcrum dry pipe valve, Globe Save All center strut sprinklers, and eventually became the first US company to utilize 5mm and 3mm Glass Bulbs in its commercial and residential sprinklers. Its modern era began in 1988 with the guidance and dedication of Golden Sprinkler Award recipient Robert Worthington, P.E. until his passing in 2016. The Worthington family continues to own and operate Globe, under the leadership of Steven Worthington and a team of some of the industry's most seasoned professionals. Globe's heritage as a leading sprinkler manufacturer is reflected in the introductions of the RCW, UM, UMC valves, and other new products the company develops to meet the demands of the world market. The company proudly maintains strong relationships with approval authorities including Underwriters Laboratories Inc, FM Approvals and the Loss Prevention Certification Board (UK). Globe has the LPCB (UK) certification for ISO 9000 series Quality Assurance, therefore exhibiting proof of the quality it continuously builds into each of its 100% factory-tested products.

 

WHAT WE DO

The industry's best technical services

Globe's technical services/support group - combined with the Business Development Group - consists of some of the industry's most experienced personnel. The team has 80 years of industry experience and extensive NFPA committee participation.

Outstanding Customer Support

You'll always reach a live person when you call Globe. Our customers tell us that our team is "second to none" -- "very knowledgeable, and prompt to complete any and all requests." We appreciate your business.

Manufacture systems that save time and keep you compliant

Do it right the first time with Globe, and save time and money. Products including Globe's UMC cut the installation time of floor controls and shotgun riser assemblies by at least half - while meeting all code requirements. Contact sales to learn more.

our values

Executive team

Steven Worthington

President/Owner

Steven joined Globe in early September of 1999 after obtaining an International Master of Business Administration (IMBA). He worked his way up through the ranks starting as an international sales representative where he traveled around the world and used his Spanish language skills to cultivate business in areas where Globe lacked a true presence. He was appointed as President of Globe by its board of directors in May of 2008. Globe has experienced tremendous growth under Steven’s leadership and has made a positive impact on the surrounding communities by contributing to various local organizations. Mr. Worthington has participated in multiple industry organizations and committees including the AFSA, IFSA, and NFSA. He was recently recognized as a business leader by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce in the 2017 Summer edition.

Buck Buchanan

Executive Vice President

Buck began his storied sprinkler career in 1966 at "Automatic" Sprinkler of America in Columbus Ohio as a fitter. In 1975, along with George and Steve Meyer, they formed Central Sprinkler Supply which later became Central Sprinkler.. Buck was named Vice President Sales and Marketing in 1984 when Central Sprinkler went public. Buck retired after Central was acquired by TYCO.After 2 years of retirement, he joined Hughes Supply of Orlando, Florida, which became HD Supply Fire, as National Sales Manager and later as Director of Business Development. Buck joined Globe Sprinkler in 2010.​

Stephen Meyer

Vice President

Stephen is a Russell P. Fleming Technical Service Award winner who has been awarded over two dozen patents in his career at Central Sprinkler and Globe. Mr. Meyer has been instrumental in the advancement and innovation of technologies in the fire protection industry over the past several decades and continues his culture of invention at Globe with the introduction of novel new products including the Universal Manifold Check Assembly.

Ted Archibald

Vice President of Engineering

Ted served as a longshoreman and lumberjack for a number of years prior to earning Bachelors and Masters degrees in engineering at the University of Rhode Island. His technical career began by managing engineering for a marine instruments company, followed by two decades as a senior R&D engineering manager at Tyco Fire Protection Products, and then as Director of Engineering at Kidde Fenwal. Ted is an industry leader in fire protection equipment design and innovation. He and his team make new products happen at Globe.

Kevin Maughan

Vice President of New Technology

Kevin joined Globe in 2016 with 29 years industry experience in the fire protection industry as a designer, technical support staffer, and manager of a technical support team. Throughout his career, Kevin has been instrumental in supporting the adoption of new technologies such as Specific Application Attic Protection, ceiling-only storage protection, and advancing the adoption newer technologies which are now commonplace in our industry. Kevin has been a member of the NFPA 24 Committee as well as NFPA 14 and 80A. He has also been a member of the NFSA Engineering and Standards (E&S) Committee. In the role of Vice President New Technologies, Kevin coordinates efforts for Globe’s Research & Development, New Technologies and Technical Services teams.

Ralph Watson

National Sales Manager

Ralph began his career over thirty years ago on the floor at Central Sprinkler and worked his way up the ranks in the industry in sales. Watson has 35 years of experience in the fire sprinkler industry in positions at Central Sprinkler, Tyco Fire Products and HD Supply before joining Globe. He has taken on a variety of roles as well, including technical services, inside sales, outside sales and sales management. Ralph is known for his formidable technical understanding and as the elder statesman of Globe’s sales organization.

Clifton Hartford

Director of Business Development

Clifton has been in the sprinkler industry for nearly 25 years. He has worked in the installing side of the business as a designer, estimator, and project manager. He then moved to the manufacturing side of the business as a regional sales representative with Tyco. After a brief stint in sales he became the Business Development Manager for Tyco supporting their efforts in the Northeast US. He is an active member within NFPA, SFPE, ASPE, and has held NFPA Committee seats on NFPA14 and 24. Clifton comes to Globe with vast experience in Business Development and works extensively with Engineers, Owners, and Risk Consultants on everything fire protection related.

Jane Hoying

Director of Systems Architecture

Jane’s experience in problem solving, began in 1983 within the automotive industry. She holds a Bachelors of Chemical Engineering, and has held various managerial positions in operations, engineering and quality. Global experience in technical and service industries has enabled her to understand the value of strategic “systems thinking.” Since 2000, Jane has worked internationally as a professional technical problem solver, business process transformation strategist, and Executive Coach. In 2008 she received an American Society for Quality (ASQ) medal, a lifetime achievement award, for development of a new and unique methodology to solve complex problems.

Mike Ruhland

Director of Manufacturing Strategy

Mike has been “inventing” ways to increase throughput, develop new products and processes, and improve financial performance in the food and automotive industries, since he began his career as a Plant Manager in 1983. He has held various top-level management positions in operations and engineering, and has led Process Development Teams for the General Motors Advanced Materials Development Foundry Group. Since 2000, Mike has been developing strategy and solving the most difficult technical problems experienced by Fortune 500 companies, and their global suppliers.