FireWhat has purchased Bend-based Geo-Spatial Solutions in a merger that aims to take advantage of the two GIS companies complementary capabilities. FireWhat (one of our #50startups) is a Dunsmuir, Calif.-based company with an expanding presence in Bend.
The company specializes in emergency disaster response mapping, and operates wildlandfire.com, an online resource for tracking wild fires. Founded 16 years ago, Geo-Spatial Solutions uses GIS to map water resources and irrigation systems.
“The merger of the two companies combines our people and resources to put us in a much better position for the demand we’re seeing across our two industries,” says Rusty Merritt, former CEO of Geo-Spatial Solutions and now the COO of FireWhat.
The companies’ executives met at a business startup program offered by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri). Both are Esri Silver Partners.
From Sam Lanier, FireWhat CEO:
“We’ve always attributed our success in part to Esri, but the merger of two companies from the Emerging Partner Program really underscores the value of Esri’s programs. We look forward to combining our resources and developing new and innovative solutions for our customers”.