Safe Fleet Truck & Trailer Launches New, Comprehensive Website

Safe Fleet Truck & Trailer is pleased to announce the launch of its new company website. The new website has been designed to provide an intuitive user experience throughout, easy access to a complete product portfolio, detailed product information, and videos in one website, not three.

Elmhurst, IL February 7, 2018 – The site includes extensive product information to help users understand Safe Fleet Truck & Trailer’s complete range of temperature control, access, and video & camera product solutions. Technical information, videos, and sell sheets work together to provide a detailed overview of Safe Fleet Truck & Trailer’s capacities across a wide range of delivery worlds, including multi-temp foodservice delivery, last mile delivery, and straight truck delivery.

Departing from the format of three different websites (Randall Manufacturing, ROM, and Bustin-USA), the new website is the central home to each brand’s Truck & Trailer products. Users are able to compare and contrast products easily, access the latest product information, view product images and download specifications and technical information. The division’s Workbook covers the full solutions portfolio of Safe Fleet Truck & Trailer and can be accessed via the new website.

“The new website is a key component of our digital strategy, said Fred Jevaney, president of Safe Fleet Truck & Trailer. “ The passel of changes: combining multiple sites into one; updating product information and technical data; new product galleries; and one point of contact are all intended to improve the user experience and communicate our new brand.”

For more information on the new website, visit www.sftruckandtrailer.net, email info@sftruckandtrailer.net or call 800-323-7424.

Key Features

  • Improved user experience: Users no longer need to navigate three different websites. Products are now integrated under one website with intuitive navigation.
  • Product structure and organization: A unified product presentation makes it easier to compare and contrast product features and benefits.
  • Blog & social media: These sections will feature the latest announcements, product introductions, industry best practices.

About Safe Fleet Truck & Trailer
Safe Fleet Truck & Trailer, a division of Safe Fleet, a leading manufacturer of temperature control, access, and video & camera product solutions to truck and trailer fleets across North America. Products include insulated bulkheads, rear and side door curtains, insulated pallet covers, walkramps, platforms, steps, and camera & video solutions. Our nationwide sales team provides personal service and unmatched industry knowledge to protect inventory, improve productivity, and promote safety.
www.sftruckandtrailer.net

About Safe Fleet
Headquartered in Belton, MO, Safe Fleet owns a portfolio of brands that provide safety solution to fleet vehicle manufacturers and operators around the world. These brands serve major markets including: Bus, Rail and RV, Truck and Trailer, Work Truck, Emergency, Waste and Industrial and Military. With over 1,100 employees and 10 manufacturing locations, Safe Fleet targets markets with increasing demand for operator, passenger, and pedestrian safety.
www.safefleet.net

Contact: Beth Brown
ebrown@safefleet.net
630-782-0001

Oak Hill Capital Partners to Acquire Safe Fleet

Belton, MO – January 9, 2018 – Safe Fleet Holdings, LLC (“Safe Fleet” or “the Company”), the market-leading provider of safety and productivity solutions for fleet vehicles, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Oak Hill Capital Partners (“Oak Hill”). Under the terms of the agreement, Oak Hill will acquire the Company from its current owner, The Sterling Group (“Sterling”).

“We have tremendous respect for what Safe Fleet has accomplished. The Company has built a unique and growing portfolio of market-leading safety and productivity solutions,” said Brian Cherry, a Partner at Oak Hill. “We are excited to partner with Safe Fleet to support the Company through its next phase of development, as it continues to grow both organically and through strategic acquisitions.”

John Rachwalski, a Partner at Oak Hill, added, “Safe Fleet represents an exceptional opportunity to invest in a leader in specialized, niche markets supported by attractive secular tailwinds. We are delighted to work with the Company’s talented management team to continue to build the Safe Fleet platform.”

“Sterling and a strong management team led by John Knox have transformed the business strategically, operationally, and commercially from two small component suppliers to a leader in safety solutions for fleet vehicles,” said Gary Rosenthal, a Partner at Sterling and Chairman of Safe Fleet’s Board of Directors. “The creation and sale of Safe Fleet, a business that didn’t exist before Sterling’s initial acquisitions, is a case study in how Sterling rapidly implements its improvement strategies to build winning businesses.”

“Sterling and the Safe Fleet team successfully executed our shared vision to create a leading safety solutions company serving an expanding group of fleet customers,” said John Knox, President and Chief Executive Officer of Safe Fleet. “We believe our new partnership with Oak Hill, a firm that shares our culture of collaborative engagement and continuous improvement, will even further accelerate Safe Fleet’s growth trajectory as a highly differentiated safety and productivity solutions platform.”

The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018 and represents the seventh investment in the Oak Hill Capital Partners IV portfolio.

UBS Investment Bank served as financial advisor to Oak Hill in connection with the transaction. Goldman Sachs Bank USA, UBS Securities LLC, and Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc. have underwritten and will arrange first and second lien financing in connection with the transaction. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Harris Williams & Co. served as financial advisors to Safe Fleet in connection with the transaction. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is serving as legal counsel to Oak Hill. Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is serving as legal counsel to Safe Fleet and Sterling.

About Safe Fleet

Headquartered in Belton, MO, Safe Fleet owns a portfolio of brands that provide safety and productivity solutions to fleet vehicle manufacturers and operators around the world. These brands serve several major markets including: Bus, Rail, RV, Truck & Trailer, Work Truck, Law Enforcement, Emergency, Waste, Industrial, and Military. With over 1,200 employees and 11 manufacturing locations, Safe Fleet targets markets with increasing demand for operator, passenger, and pedestrian safety. For more information about Safe Fleet and its portfolio of brands, please visit www.safefleet.net.

About Oak Hill Capital Partners

Oak Hill is a private equity firm managing funds with more than $10 billion of initial capital commitments since inception from leading global endowments and foundations, public and corporate pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, financial institutions, consultants, and family offices. Over the past 30 years, the professionals at Oak Hill and its predecessors have invested in over 85 significant private equity transactions across broad segments of the U.S. and global economies. Oak Hill applies an industry-focused, theme-based approach to investing in the following sectors: Industrials; Consumer, Retail & Distribution; Media & Communications; and Services. Oak Hill works actively in partnership with management to implement strategic and operational initiatives to create franchise value. For more information, please visit www.oakhillcapital.com.

About The Sterling Group

Founded in 1982, Sterling is a private equity investment firm that targets controlling interests in basic manufacturing, distribution and industrial services companies. Typical enterprise values of these companies range from $100 million to $750 million. Sterling has sponsored the buyout of 52 platform companies and numerous add-on acquisitions for a total transaction value of over $10.0 billion. Currently, Sterling has over $2.2 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit www.sterling-group.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements included herein may constitute “forward-looking statements”, which relate to future events, the future performance, or financial condition of Safe Fleet following the acquisition of Safe Fleet by Oak Hill. These statements are not guarantees of future performance, condition, or results and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results and condition may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors.

Oak Hill Capital Partners Media Contact:                                                                   

Kekst & Company
Jeremy Fielding / Aduke Thelwell
+1 (212) 521-4800 / + (212) 521-4837

Safe Fleet Extends Leadership Position in Mobile Video Solutions for Fleet Markets with MobileView® Acquisition

November 30, 2017 – Safe Fleet is pleased to announce the acquisition of MobileView (“MOBILEVIEW”), from Interlogix, a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

MOBILEVIEW is the leading provider of mobile surveillance and video management solutions to more than 35,000 transit bus and rail vehicles in the United States. MOBILEVIEW’S products enable transportation professionals to capture, record, analyze, and control video evidence to enhance security, maximize resources, and increase vehicle uptime.

“MOBILEVIEW’S solutions are best-in-class servicing a significant number of transit  agencies in North America. The addition of MOBILEVIEW to Safe Fleet’s leading video positions in school and transit bus, fire, law enforcement, waste, and commercial markets extends Safe Fleet’s position as the largest global provider of video solutions to the fleet market,” stated John Knox, CEO of Safe Fleet. “As a result of the MOBILEVIEW acquisition, Safe Fleet is the preeminent provider and offers the broadest and most complete line of video solutions to transit bus & rail authorities.” With the acquisition of MOBILEVIEW, Safe Fleet is now the #1 provider of mobile video solutions to the Transit Bus & Rail market in North America.

“Safe Fleet presents a compelling opportunity to leverage MOBILEVIEW’s capabilities and position the portfolio for growth with transit bus and rail agencies,” said Al Cavagnero, General Manager MOBILEVIEW. “The MOBILEVIEW team is excited to start working with Safe Fleet in developing the next generation of video solutions and comprehensively serving transit authorities throughout North America.”

Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed.

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 several
major markets including: Bus, Rail, RV, Truck & Trailer, Work Truck, Law Enforcement,
Emergency, Waste, Industrial and Military. With over 1,100 employees and 10 manufacturing
locations, Safe Fleet targets markets with increasing demand for operator, passenger, and
pedestrian safety.

 

COBAN’s FOCUS H1 Police Dash Cams Use NVIDIA Metropolis for AI-Based Video Analytics

HOUSTONOct. 18, 2017 – COBAN Technologies, Inc., a leader in body-worn cameras and in-car video solutions for law enforcement, today announced that its FOCUS H1 police dash cams are using the NVIDIA Metropolis intelligent video analytics platform to identify vehicles and other objects in real time. Metropolis uses deep learning to transform how video is captured, inspected and analyzed to enhance public safety, traffic, city services and more.

An NVIDIA Jetson AI supercomputer on a module powers the police dash cam system for low-latency inferencing for law enforcement tasks. This includes finding vehicles for Be on the Lookouts (BOLOs) and Amber Alerts, automatically identifying vehicle makes and models, reading license plates and driver’s licenses for officers, and monitoring the health and safety of those taken into custody.

COBAN’s in-car video system will be supported by a variety of applications capable of vehicle and object identification, special monitoring and behavioral analysis. NVIDIA’s Metropolis Software Partner Program also offers a curated list of resources that makes it easy for third-party software developers to create new applications for Metropolis-based products like the FOCUS H1 to amplify officer awareness, increase public safety and more.

“By working with NVIDIA, COBAN is leveraging the most advanced computing platform for AI at the edge inside police cruisers,” said Brian Chang, founder of COBAN Technologies. “The FOCUS H1 provides intelligence to the mobile video capture platform, which translates into safer communities and enhanced law enforcement efficiencies. The combination of COBAN and NVIDIA technologies creates simplicity and agility through today’s latest deep learning, GPU computing and graphics technologies. Now police vehicles can perform targeted tasks without the need for mass data collection or a reliance on constrained mobile data networks.”

COBAN will unveil the new police dash cam system with NVIDIA Jetson during the 124th Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference and Exposition, October 22-24, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The FOCUS H1 system will be showcased in IACP booth 2837 mounted inside an actual Los AngelesPolice Department cruiser.

About COBAN Technologies, Inc.
COBAN Technologies, Inc. provides body-worn cameras and in-car video solutions for public safety agencies. COBAN’s innovative video and digital evidence management solutions are used by many of the top law enforcement agencies in the country. Founded in 2002, COBAN is headquartered in Houston, TX, with satellite facilities located throughout the United States. For more information on COBAN Technologies, Inc. visit www.cobantech.com or call 1-866-812-6226.

Safe Fleet expands into Law Enforcement with COBAN Technologies Acquisition

October 23, 2017 – Safe Fleet is pleased to announce the acquisition of COBAN Technologies, Inc (“COBAN”).

COBAN is a leading supplier of body cameras and in-car video solutions for law enforcement.  Established in 2002, COBAN’s innovative in-car video and digital evidence management software is used by many of the top police departments in the country.

“COBAN is an excellent addition to Safe Fleet’s portfolio.  The combination of COBAN’s position in law enforcement with Safe Fleet’s leading video positions in School and Transit Bus, Fire, Waste, and Commercial markets firmly establishes Safe Fleet as the largest global provider of video solutions to the fleet market,” stated John Knox, CEO of Safe Fleet.  “Safe Fleet/COBAN is now the only video provider able to comprehensively supply common and integrated video solutions to all First Responder departments as well as all municipal fleet markets.”

“The opportunity with Safe Fleet is compelling for our customers and our employees,” said Doug Dickerson, COBAN CEO.  “I’m excited about the acquisition. COBAN’s technology in body worn camera, in-car video, Artificial Intelligence-based (AI) real-time video analytics, video data and evidence management software combined with Safe Fleet’s comprehensive leading product line in Bus and Commercial markets creates best-in-class video product capabilities and breadth.”

Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed.

About COBAN Technologies

COBAN Technologies is committed to manufacturing and developing digital video solutions of the highest caliber for public safety agencies. COBAN’s unique design of in-car video systems, interview room systems, body worn cameras, evidence management, and back office management software provides law enforcement with a complete digital solution that maximizes return on investment.  Since 2002, COBAN’s commitment to the highest standards of integrity has contributed to the overall satisfaction of our customers. Thousands of COBAN systems have been deployed by hundreds of police departments across the United States, ranging from small departments with a few vehicles, to large, multi-precinct cities such as the City of Los Angeles and City of Chicago. For more information about COBAN please visit www.cobantech.com.

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 several major markets including: Bus, Rail and RV, Truck and Trailer, Work Truck, Emergency, Waste, and Industrial and Military.  With over 1,100 employees and 10 manufacturing locations, Safe Fleet targets markets with increasing demand for operator, passenger, and pedestrian safety. For more information about Safe Fleet and our portfolio of brands please visit www.safefleet.net.

 

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