Safe Fleet Expands Portfolio with Elkhart Brass Acquisition

February 26, 2015 - Press Release

Safe Fleet has announced the acquisition of Elkhart Brass, of Elkhart, Ind. Since 1902, Elkhart Brass has manufacturing firefighting and fire protection equipment.

Elkhart manufactures 2,000 products including monitors, valves, nozzles, appliances, and accessories used in virtually every aspect of firefighting. Elkhart products can be found in fire departments around the world, building systems and off-shore drilling sites, as well as in military, marine, and industrial firefighting applications.

"We're very excited to welcome Elkhart Brass into the Safe Fleet family. This acquisition supports our vision to build the leading global provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles," said John R.

Knox, president & CEO of Safe Fleet. "The combination of Elkhart Brass with FRC and Foam Pro will enable us to develop integrated systems of monitors, valves, foam proportioning and electronic controls for the global emergency market. In addition, Safe Fleet will have one of the largest direct sales forces in North America with over 20 individuals dedicated to serving the firefighting industry."

"Safe Fleet is an excellent home for Elkhart Brass, our employees, customers, partners and suppliers around the world," said Hans Ashbaugh, CEO and owner of Elkhart Brass. "Although I am retiring in conjunction with the change of ownership to Safe Fleet, the remainder of the Elkhart management and organization will continue to run Elkhart Brass. For our valued employees, customers and suppliers, it is business as usual."

The Elkhart Brass acquisition is the third for Safe Fleet, which was formed in September, 2013 when ROM Corporation and SMI Corporation merged.

The growing Safe Fleet portfolio includes ten brands. Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed.

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