Safe Fleet Acquires Commercial Fleet Upfitter American Midwest Fleet Solutions

Belton, MO – MARCH 3, 2020 – Safe Fleet, a leading global provider of safety and productivity solutions for fleet vehicles, expands fleet upfit capabilities for the Commercial Vehicle market by acquiring American Midwest Fleet Solutions (AMFS).

AMFS is a pre-eminent provider of in-field installation and service of safety, security, navigation, tracking and communications products as well as ladder racks and other specialty custom truck equipment and electronics, for commercial vehicle fleets. AMFS has been providing its SMARTFIT™ field upfitting solutions to customers for over 25 years. Their long-standing relationship with 30+ strategic installation partners and 1,500 installation providers creates an extensive network across the US and Canada, making them the go-to North American field upfitter for any commercial fleet anywhere at any time.

“AMFS has built strong working relationships with nearly every upfitter, ship-thru facility, and leasing company in America,” says Mike Schulte, President of Safe Fleet. “Their full-service sales and installation expertise adds to Safe Fleet’s strong base and growing capacity for in-field fleet safety equipment service and installation.”

AMFS products and expertise complement Safe Fleet’s Commercial Vehicle video and safety solutions portfolio. Their patented FlexGuard™ mesh partitions for light-duty fleet vehicles provide Safe Fleet the capability of offering interior storage solutions for a customer’s entire vehicle fleet when paired with Safe Fleet’s American Van® branded line of commercial van and truck cargo containment products. AMFS video camera and fleet tracking service and installation expertise increase Safe Fleet’s ability to provide end-to-end safety and security upfitting, remote diagnostics, and preventative maintenance and monitoring services for the Commercial Vehicle market. This acquisition will build on existing synergies already established between AMFS and Safe Fleet’s Rear View Safety™ (RVS™) brand for fleet video, tracking, and vehicle safety sensor upfits and service on commercial vehicles.

“We are extremely excited to join the Safe Fleet family,” said Teresa Miller, one of the founders of AMFS. “Safe Fleet and AMFS share a mutual commitment to ensure Commercial Fleet operators are safe and productive. We are proud to be part of Safe Fleet’s journey to establishing a national footprint of product install and aftermarket service locations to better service all of our customers.”

AMFS’ founders, Dave and Teresa Miller, will remain with the business, joining Safe Fleet’s Commercial Vehicle Group.

“The addition of American Midwest Fleet Solutions is yet another important step in Safe Fleet becoming the leading Smart Safety Solutions company for fleet vehicles,” adds Schulte. “AMFS greatly expands our ability to provide safety solution installation and service to any fleet customer regardless of their location across the USA and Canada.”

About Safe Fleet
Headquartered in Belton, MO, Safe Fleet is the leading provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles. Their best-of-breed smart solutions form an integrated safety platform for fleets of every type – School Bus, Transit, Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement, Work Truck, Truck & Trailer, Construction, Agriculture, Waste & Recycling, Industrial and Military. With a broad portfolio of market-leading brands,1,700 employees and 14 manufacturing locations, Safe Fleet continues to innovate and deliver the smart safety solutions that fleets need to survive and thrive in a changing world – and ensure that drivers, passengers, and everyone around them arrive home safely. Safe Fleet is driving safety forward for today’s and tomorrow’s fleets. For more information visit
www.safefleet.net. Safe Fleet is a portfolio company of Oak Hill Capital Partners.

About American Midwest Fleet Solutions
Located in Lone Jack, MO, American Midwest Fleet Solutions (AMFS) is a North American upfitter working for the fleet services industry since 1990. AMFS established itself in the upfitting industry by first installing vehicle security systems, then expanding product and service offerings to become the leading provider of installation and service of safety, security, navigation, tracking, and communications products in fleet vehicles. They provide Fleet Management Companies (FMCs) with turnkey services for the execution of fleet upfit and component installation for commercial fleet vehicles, leveraging an extensive network of 30+ strategic installation partners and 1500 network installers across the country.) Visit www.ammfleetsolutions.com for more info.

About Oak Hill Capital Partners
Oak Hill is a private equity firm managing funds with more than $14 billion of initial capital commitments and co-investments 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 90 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: Consumer, Retail & Distribution; Industrials; 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.oakhill.com.

Safe Fleet Forms Commercial Vehicle Division

Bonham to lead strategically aligned Truck & Trailer and Work Truck business units

Belton, MO (December 10, 2018) – Safe Fleet is pleased to announce the combination of two important business units, Truck & Trailer and Work Truck, into a unified Commercial Vehicle (CV) division. Effective immediately, Wm. Craig Bonham, former Vice President of Work Truck, is promoted to Vice President of Commercial Vehicle and will lead the new division. Under Bonham’s leadership, the business resources and goals of both units are strategically aligned to deliver a best-in-class customer experience to the commercial vehicle fleet market with integrated fleet safety solutions.

The new division strategically positions Safe Fleet to seamlessly service Class 2 through 8 fleet vehicles with products from its entire portfolio of industry-leading fleet safety brands such as American Van, Prime Design, ROM, Randall, and Bustin. Fleets of all shapes and sizes, including mixed vehicle fleets and those pursuing “Last Mile” opportunities can depend on Safe Fleet’s Commercial Vehicle Division to support their fleet safety needs.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to lead a dedicated group of industry safety experts in better serving the needs of Commercial Vehicle fleets, today and into the future,” adds Bonham.  “We look forward to being a true Fleet Safety advisor for the Commercial Vehicle market.”

Bonham joined Safe Fleet in 2017 from Reading Truck body and is an industry veteran in commercial truck and van equipment.

Bob Shupp, Senior Vice President of Operations, Supply Chain & Strategic Initiatives, has served as the interim business unit Vice President for Truck & Trailer since April 2018. Shupp will return immediately in full capacity to his Operations, Supply Chain, and Strategic Initiative duties for Safe Fleet.

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.

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.