Our History

our history

Our history is based on the unity found within a family of independent companies dedicated to building leaders in the life safety, industrial and specialty construction industries.

We proudly trace our roots back to 1926 when A.P.I. Inc. was established as a small insulation contracting and distribution division of the mechanical company Reuben L. Anderson-Cherne. Lee R. Anderson became president of the family business in 1964. Under his leadership, Anderson expanded operations in the Midwest region, increasing revenues to about $30 million.

In 1980, Anderson launched a strategic initiative to diversify APi Group within the construction and construction-related industries. The company went on to expand into key markets, establishing both a national and international presence. In 1997, the company became APi Group Inc.

The APi Group leadership approach, solid customer relationships, financial strength and preparation are keys to our outstanding success. We have withstood the economic downturns of 2001 and 2009-2011 while remaining a billion-dollar business through each recession. We continue to invest in technology, acquire profitable businesses as well as develop and invest in our employees.

APi Group Today

Today, APi Group is the multi-billion-dollar parent company for over 40 independently managed businesses reaching more than 9,000 vibrant employees in three countries. We are one of the largest union subcontractors and the second largest fire protection group of companies in the U.S. APi Group consistently ranks among the top 10 specialty contractors in the U.S. since 2008, according to Engineering News-Record magazine.

APi Group is also frequently listed among the top 25 private companies in Minnesota by Twin Cities Business magazine. In 2010, APi Group won the Gary E. Bird Horizon award for our game-changing approach to safety and risk management. In 2011, APi Group was the only construction contractor to earn the American Society for Training and Development’s BEST Learning Organization International award. In 2012 and 2013 APi Group won the MN Safety Council Governor’s Award (Outstanding Achievement).

While we continue to prosper, exciting new opportunities for growth and expansion are on the horizon. At APi Group, we continue to fund promising acquisitions and new ventures while supporting current subsidiaries to do what they do best and provide them access to tools to become even better.