Safe Fleet Announces the Winner of Part 1 of “United Against Bullying” Coloring Contest

Safe-Fleet-anti-bullying-badge-2BELTON, MO (September 17, 2015) – Safe Fleet, the leading provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles, is pleased to reveal the winner of Part 1 of the “United Against Bullying” coloring contest. The winning entry was submitted by Allison McKenna Fox from Meridian Middle School located in Lynden, WA.

Part 1 of the United Against Bullying coloring contest was organized by Safe Fleet and its subsidiaries from August 15th till September 15th and was open to students from all school districts across the United States and Canada. The drawing of the winning outline encourages kids to work together to stop bullying. As a winner, Allison McKenna Fox will receive an anti-bullying teddy bear, medal, button, and certificate.

“We were impressed by the creativity of students who took part in our contest and by the genuine interest of school communities to our program,” said Bob Parks, Vice President Human Resources at Safe Fleet. “The contest submissions covered a range of anti-bullying messages, teaching young people to be kind and supportive to each other. We thank all the students, educators, and parents for active participation and attention to the issue of bullying. It was a great inspiration for all our team to continue working on solutions and initiatives to stop bullying.”

During National Bullying Prevention month (October), Safe Fleet and its subsidiaries will launch Part 2 of the color contest.  In this phase, students will color and submit the outline designed by Allison McKenna Fox. The winners will be selected from three different age categories: 5-7 years old, 8-10 years old, and 11+ years old. Each winner will receive an anti-bullying medal, a button and certificate, and a teddy bear. The winners’ schools will receive $500 towards the implementation of anti-bullying initiatives.

School transportation departments can submit applications for a $50,000 grant for the expansion of their anti-bullying training programs and the purchase of school bus safety equipment until October 15th.

Detailed information about the coloring contest and grant is available on the official Safe Fleet campaign web site at www.unitedagainstbullying.net.

About Safe Fleet
Headquartered in Belton, MO, Safe Fleet owns a portfolio of brands that provide safety solutions to fleet vehicle manufacturers and operators around the world. These brands serve five major markets including: emergency services, bus and rail, truck and trailer, utility, and industrial. With 1,000 employees, the Safe Fleet family of brands operates over 500,000 square feet of manufacturing space and targets markets with increasing demand for operator, passenger, and pedestrian safety. For more information about Safe Fleet please visit www.safefleet.net.

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For more information about this release please contact:

Lori Jetha
Marketing Manager, Seon (a Safe Fleet Brand)
lori.jetha@seon.com
1.877.630.7366

Seon’s Halfway to Pink Shirt Day BBQ Fundraiser Unites the Community

For the second year in a row, Seon, a Safe Fleet brand, hosted their BBQ Fundraiser, Halfway to Pink Shirt Day. Seon employees and the Coquitlam community gathered funds that will help create a safer environment for kids across the country. All money raised will be donated immediately to CKNW Orphans’ Fund Pink Shirt Day, a Canadian organization supporting anti-bullying initiatives that directly help youth in need.

This year’s BBQ was held as a part of the United Against Bullying program, launched by Safe Fleet and its subsidiaries including Seon in July 2015. The goal of this campaign is to offer school communities tools, resources, and funding to support their best initiatives to stop bullying and empower young people to stand up against abusive behavior.

As a result of the event, Seon raised over $800 from the sale of 50/50 and lunch tickets, as well as donations from the staff and community. These funds will be given to Pink Shirt Day to be distributed to anti-bullying organizations that help support children’s healthy self-esteem, and teach empathy and kindness.

Read more about the event here.

SEON BBQ Fundraiser

 

Safe Fleet and Its Subsidiaries Launch Nationwide ‘United Against Bullying’ Program

Safe-Fleet-anti-bullying-badge-2BELTON, MO (July 15, 2015) – Safe Fleet, the leading provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles, and its subsidiaries launch a nationwide “United Against Bullying” program and web site: www.unitedagainstbullying.net. The program’s main goal is to support schools and communities in their efforts to stop bullying. Safe Fleet will offer tools, resources, and funding to support the best initiatives to prevent bullying and abusive behavior.

“As a company committed to providing safety solutions, we want to be proactive in addressing bullying,” says John R. Knox, President and CEO of Safe Fleet. “By engaging all our subsidiaries in the “United Against Bullying” program, we will offer expanded support to communities across North America in their efforts to create safe and respectful environments for children.”

Safe Fleet’s employees were inspired to unite for the cause by the “No Bullies on My Bus” campaign launched by Seon, a Safe Fleet brand, in 2013. Multiple school districts and transportation agencies took part in the Seon initiative, which helped spread awareness about bullying and sparked empowering conversations for young people. Witnessing the positive outcome of Seon’s campaign in participating communities, Safe Fleet and its subsidiaries decided to broaden the campaign and join the anti-bullying movement.

As part of the program, Safe Fleet will set in motion its “United Against Bullying” grant and an annual coloring contest. The grant will provide $25,000 for winning student transportation departments to implement or expand anti-bullying training programs. An additional $25,000 worth of school bus equipment (video cameras, stop arms, crossing arms, escape hatches) will be granted to school districts to increase student safety. Applications for each of the training and technology grants will be accepted from August 1st until October 31st, 2015.

Safe Fleet’s coloring contest will be open to students from all school districts in the US and Canada and held in two parts. In Part 1, from August 15th–September 15th, the children will be drawing an outline on an anti-bullying topic. The winning outline will be then colored by the participants of Part 2 of the contest, held during National Bullying Prevention Month in October.

Detailed information about the grant and coloring contest are available on the official Safe Fleet campaign web site at www.unitedagainstbullying.net.

“Our employees are honored to contribute their time and resources to support anti-bullying initiatives in communities across North America,” explained Bob Parks, Vice President Human Resources at Safe Fleet. “United by this important mission, we can achieve lasting results in empowering young people and putting an end to bullying across the country.”

About Safe Fleet

Headquartered in Belton, MO, Safe Fleet owns a portfolio of brands that provide safety solutions to fleet vehicle manufacturers and operators around the world. These brands serve five major markets including: emergency services, bus and rail, truck and trailer, utility, and industrial. With 1,000 employees, the Safe Fleet family of brands operates over 500,000 square feet of manufacturing space and targets markets with increasing demand for operator, passenger, and pedestrian safety. For more information about Safe Fleet please visit www.safefleet.net.

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For more information about this release please contact:

Lori Jetha
Marketing Manager, Seon (a Safe Fleet Brand)
lori.jetha@seon.com
1.877.630.7366

Safe Fleet Acquires Hadley’s Mirror Product Line for Buses, Shuttles and Coaches

HadleyBelton, MO (June 30, 2015) – Safe Fleet is pleased to announce today the acquisition of the mirror product line for buses, shuttles and coaches from Hadley.

Based in Elkhart, IN, Hadley is the North American market leader for transit bus mirrors.

“We are delighted to welcome the Hadley mirror business 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 Hadley with Specialty Manufacturing, Transpec, Pretoria and Seon, establishes Safe Fleet as the leading supplier of specialty safety components for transit buses. Additionally, Safe Fleet is well positioned to offer our full product line of mirrors, hatches, lighting, interiors and video to the school bus, motor coach, RV, shuttle bus, emergency and military vehicle markets.”

“We are very proud of the team and products produced in Elkhart. Safe Fleet is an excellent home for the Hadley transit mirror business,” said Thomas Bronz, President & CEO of Hadley. “The transit mirror operation is a vibrant business with strong management and great opportunities.”

The Hadley acquisition is the fifth for Safe Fleet which was formed in September 2013 when ROM Corporation and SMI Corporation merged.

The Hadley mirror business will remain in Elkhart, IN but will relocate from the Hadley site to its own production facility over the next few months. The management, engineering, customer service, administrative and production personnel of the Hadley mirror business will remain with the business and transition to Safe Fleet.

Chris Dutton and Michaele Dutton will continue to lead the Hadley mirror business and will report to Mike Hagan, Vice President, Safe Fleet Bus and Rail.

The growing Safe Fleet family of brands includes eleven brands, five of which are respected leaders within the bus / transit market. Those brands include: Hadley, Seon, Specialty Manufacturing, Transpec, and Pretoria.

Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed.

About Safe Fleet
Headquartered in Belton, MO, Safe Fleet owns a portfolio of brands that provide increased functionality and integrated solutions for fleet vehicle manufacturers and operators around the world. These brands serve five major markets including: emergency services, bus and rail, truck and trailer, utility, and industrial. With 1000 employees, the Safe Fleet family of brands operates almost 600,000 square feet of manufacturing space and targets markets with increasing demand for operator, passenger, and pedestrian safety. For more information about Safe Fleet please visit www.safefleet.net.

About Hadley
Headquartered in Grandville, MI, Hadley is a well-known and respected supplier of quality components and solutions for the specialty vehicle market (Class 5-8). Their products include: air horns, mechanical and electronic height control valves, air suspension systems, mini 12/24 volt DC air compressors, and fully integrated interior lighting systems and luggage racks for transit, shuttle, and motorcoach applications. For more information about Hadley please visit www.hadleyadvantage.com.

Seon Acquires US Computing Assets

COQUITLAM, BC (April 27, 2015) – Seon announced today that it has acquired the net assets of US Computing Inc. (USCI), a leading provider of commercial and school bus routing software. Seon will maintain the existing Columbia, SC head office and Phoenix, AZ sales office and continue to develop, grow, and support their web-based routing platform.

“Seon has partnered with US Computing over the past three years to combine our technologies to develop a truly integrated solution for school transportation safety,” said Tom Gill, President of Seon. “This acquisition is a natural progression of that partnership and an integral part of our long term vision to become the leading supplier of safety solutions for fleet vehicles as part of the Safe Fleet family of brands.”

The acquisition complements Seon’s existing portfolio of video and fleet management products and will solidify its’ position in the school bus routing market. Seon will continue to develop, support, and grow US Computing’s web-based routing solutions under the vMax Compass brand and nurture existing customer relationships.

“We are extremely pleased with the acquisition”, said USCI owner, Neil Sengupta. “Our existing customers will benefit from Seon’s track record of developing high-quality products and reputation for outstanding customer support.”

For more information about this release please contact:

Lori Jetha
Marketing Manager, Seon
lori.jetha@seon.com
1.877.630.7366

About Seon

Seon is the World’s #1 provider of mobile video surveillance equipment for the bus and coach industry.  Their integrated bus safety technologies help transportation managers improve the speed and accuracy of incident investigations, pro-actively monitor the safety of passengers and drivers, and increase fleet efficiency. Seon is part of the Safe Fleet family of brands.

For more information on Seon please visit www.seon.com.

About Safe Fleet

Headquartered in Belton, MO, Safe Fleet is a leading global provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles. The Safe Fleet family of brands serves five major end markets including: emergency services, bus and rail, truck and trailer, utility, and industrial. With 1000 employees, Safe Fleet operates in over 500,000 square feet of manufacturing space and targets markets with increasing demand for operator, passenger and pedestrian safety.

For more information about Safe Fleet please visit www.safefleet.net.