Ross Haith Jr. joins Safe Fleet Work Truck Division

New Vice President of Business Development to lead strategic business growth for Work Truck Division

Belton, MO (June 14, 2018) – Safe Fleet is pleased to announce the addition of Ross Haith Jr. to the Safe Fleet family. Ross joins Safe Fleet in the role of Vice President of Business Development for the Work Truck division. In this role, he will be responsible for leading the development and execution of a strategic plan for business growth.

Ross brings over 25 years of sales and executive leadership experience, primarily within the Work Truck industry, to Safe Fleet. Most recently, Ross was President of Leggett & Platt’s Commercial Vehicle Product Group. Prior to his 10 years with Leggett & Platt, Ross spent nearly 15 years in various sales and marketing roles at the Ford Motor Company.

“Ross’s diverse background driving results at various levels within a highly competitive automotive industry will do nothing but complement and enhance the progression of our journey at Safe Fleet,” added Craig Bonham, Vice President of Work Truck. “His reputation for leading teams to achieve top results and unrivaled standards of excellence make him the ideal candidate for Safe Fleet.”

Ross holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Morehouse College and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from The University of Baltimore. He is involved and a member of many industry groups including NTEA (National Truck Equipment Association), AFLA (Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association), and NAFA (North American Fleet Managers Association).

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. Safe Fleet’s Work Truck business unit delivers safety and productivity solutions, such as ergonomic ladder racks, access platforms, and video and telematics applications, to the work truck industry from leading Safe Fleet brands such as Prime Design, American Van, ROM, FRC, Bustin, RVS Systems, and Seon. 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.  Safe Fleet is a portfolio company of Oak Hill Capital Partners.

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.

FleetMind Vice-President Martin Demers to Retire; Safe Fleet Executive Tom Gill to Take on Leadership Role

MONTREAL, Canada – May 30, 2018 – FleetMind Solutions, Inc., part of the Safe Fleet family of brands, today announced that Vice-President Martin Demers, the company’s former CEO and co-owner, will be retiring in August 2018. Mr. Tom Gill, Safe Fleet’s Senior Vice-President of Passenger Transportation, Law Enforcement and Waste, will take over leadership of the company, while current FleetMind management will remain unchanged. FleetMind has increasingly consolidated its strategic operations with complementary sister companies within Safe Fleet.

“I am proud of FleetMind’s impressive growth and achievements over the past years,” said Martin Demers. “I am honored to have led a remarkable team and to have served so many exceptional customers. I look forward to the next chapter of my life and am grateful to be handing off executive responsibilities to a proven and committed team of leaders. As the new head at FleetMind, Tom understands both our company and culture, and shares our commitment to customers. FleetMind’s strengthened bonds within Safe Fleet have positioned the company well for continued growth and success.”

Martin will be working with Safe Fleet management over the next three months to transition leadership activities to ensure continuity. Since its acquisition in 2016, FleetMind has increasingly integrated operations within the Safe Fleet family that now includes a total of five companies focused on technology. The enhanced collaboration has broadened its product and development capabilities and provided access to added resources and
expertise.

“It’s an honor to take on a greater leadership role at FleetMind,” said Tom Gill. “This is an exciting time for FleetMind and our sister Safe Fleet companies as we look to grow our offerings and capitalize on new opportunities. Technology is evolving rapidly, and our ability to innovate will ensure our customers stay at the forefront of the industry. We have a very strong and capable team in place and I look forward to working with them to build on accomplishments to date and exceed customer expectations.”

As a long-time executive in the video surveillance industry, Tom was most recently President of Seon, the leading provider of mobile video surveillance and fleet management solutions for buses. Tom has an extensive background in operations and strategic management and has a proven track record for building robust operational infrastructures to support industry-leading growth.

About FleetMind
FleetMind Solutions is the award-winning technology leader for connected smart truck solutions for waste management fleets. FleetMind develops the industry’s most advanced fleet management solutions specifically for waste and recycling environments. FleetMind systems have been successfully installed in thousands of vehicles across North America to link waste and recycling fleet operations to their drivers and vehicles in real-time to ensure optimal productivity, safety, sustainability, profitability and customer service. FleetMind is a member of the Safe Fleet family, a global leader in safety solutions for fleet vehicles. For more information, visit: www.fleetmind.com.

Safe Fleet and American Van Equipment Acquisition Closing

May 23, 2018 – Safe Fleet, a leading global provider of safety and productivity solutions for fleet vehicles, is pleased to announce it has closed on its previously announced acquisition of American Van Equipment (“American Van”).

American Van is a leading manufacturer and distributor of van and truck shelving, storage systems, and accessories, producing high quality interior and exterior components that help improve worker productivity and vehicle safety. Based out of Lakewood, NJ, American Van services a wide variety of contractors and fleets directly through its comprehensive online presence, catalog distribution (with over 2.5 million copies mailed quarterly), and three showroom facilities.

With the addition of American Van, Safe Fleet Work Truck now offers a comprehensive service and product portfolio of interior, exterior, video, lighting and technology solutions serving contractors, commercial fleets, fleet management companies and OEMs across
a variety of vehicle classes.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Current management of American Van will continue with the business going forward and operate within Safe Fleet Work Truck.

Safe Fleet to Acquire American Van Equipment

Expands Safe Fleet product portfolio and positions Work Truck division as a solutions provider to the Work Truck Industry.

Belton, MO – May 11, 2018 – Safe Fleet, a leading global provider of safety and productivity solutions for fleet vehicles, is pleased to announce it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire American Van Equipment (“American Van”).

American Van is a leading manufacturer and distributor of van and truck shelving, storage systems, and accessories, producing high quality interior and exterior components that help improve worker productivity and vehicle safety.  Based out of Lakewood, NJ, American Van services a wide variety of contractors and fleets directly through its comprehensive online presence, catalog distribution (with over 2.5 million copies mailed quarterly), and three showroom facilities.

“We are ecstatic about the addition of American Van to Safe Fleet Work Truck,” said John Knox, Chairman, President & CEO, Safe Fleet.  “The product fit, customer reach, and upfitter capabilities American Van brings to Safe Fleet Work Truck are game-changing. The acquisition will solidify Safe Fleet’s position within the Work Truck industry as the preeminent provider of safety and productivity solutions.”

“Joining Safe Fleet is a tremendous growth opportunity for the American Van family of products and employees,” said Chuck Richter, President, American Van.  “Partnering with Safe Fleet will provide American Van the ability to enhance the legacy of our brand and enable growth to better serve contractors, business and fleet owners throughout North America.”  Current management of American Van will continue with the business going forward and operate within Safe Fleet Work Truck.

“The addition of American Van into Safe Fleet Work Truck exemplifies another step in Safe Fleet’s journey in building out the leading safety and productivity company for fleet vehicles across a variety of end-markets with leading brands and products,” stated John Knox. “With Prime Design and American Van, we have joined together two iconic brands to provide a complete range of solutions to address both the exterior and interior needs of truck and van upfit customers.”

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. Safe Fleet’s Work Truck business unit delivers safety and productivity solutions, such as ergonomic ladder racks, access platforms, and video and telematics applications, to the work truck industry from leading Safe Fleet brands such as Prime Design, Randall Manufacturing, ROM, FRC, Bustin, RVS Systems, and Seon. With over 1,300 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.  Safe Fleet is a portfolio company of Oak Hill Capital Partners.

About American Van Equipment

Headquartered in Lakewood, NJ, American Van Equipment began manufacturing and supplying local companies with ladder racks and van shelving in 1978.  American Van operates three showrooms, has a robust online presence at AmericanVan.com and mails millions of catalogs annually to contractors and business owners all across the United States, offering practical storage solutions for vans and trucks. Unlike most catalog/retailers, it also manufactures most of the products it sells.

About Oak Hill Capital Partners

Oak Hill is a private equity firm managing funds with more than $10 billion of 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.

 

FleetMind Showcases Camera Systems for Complete Round-the-Truck Views at Waste Expo 2018

FleetLink Smart Fleet Management offers multiple Safety Solutions

MONTREAL, Canada – April 23, 2018 – FleetMind Solutions, Inc., the award-winning technology leader for “smart truck” solutions, today announced it will be highlighting its latest safety and monitoring camera systems at Waste Expo 2018 in Las Vegas, NV, April 24-26 in Booth #3407.

“FleetMind now provides multiple camera solutions for unprecedented insights into and all around your vehicles,” said Don Diego Padilla II, Vice-President of Sales at FleetMind. “With our flagship FleetLink Mobile DVR and broad range of cameras, you can easily take pictures, capture real-time video footage and ensure complete visibility around the truck. This lets you capture video of all internal and external activities from all angles, identify any service or safety related issues for rapid remediation, capture evidence for accident and dispute resolution, and eliminate blind spot areas.”

The FleetMind FleetLink mobile camera system includes:

• FleetLink Mobile DVR is designed for tough refuse collection environments. It comes standard with WasteApp – a software specifically designed for waste management activities. It is used in conjunction with the FleetLink Route Management System to record live digital video, service events, maintenance alerts, and all other activities needed to be tracked for compliance and productivity improvement.

• Leveraging the sourcing and manufacturing capabilities of other Safe Fleet divisions, Fleetmind also offers a broad range of standalone DVR products, back-up camera solutions, 360 camera systems as well as a number of obstacle detection products for all types of budgets and applications.

Come see why more and more municipalities are using FleetMind’s FleetLink Mobile and Back-office products to run safer, greener and more productive waste collection fleets.

Visit Booth #3407 or contact FleetMind to book a meeting!

About FleetMind
FleetMind Solutions is the award-winning technology leader for connected smart truck solutions for waste management fleets. FleetMind develops the industry’s most advanced fleet management solutions specifically for waste and recycling environments. FleetMind systems have been successfully installed in thousands of vehicles across North America to link waste and recycling fleet operations to their drivers and vehicles in real-time to ensure
optimal productivity, safety, sustainability, profitability and customer service. FleetMind is now a member of the Safe Fleet family. For more information, visit: www.fleetmind.com.