Safe Fleet Acquires Market Leading Police Vehicle Upfitter

BELTON, Mo., Sept. 8, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Safe Fleet, a leading provider of vehicle fleet security solutions, has expanded its enhancement capabilities to the police market with the acquisition of Kerr Industries and its subsidiaries, including Crown North America, which are the leading vehicle manufacturers serving the emergency and law enforcement markets.

Kerr and Crown are experts in equipping specialty vehicles for the emergency and law enforcement markets. With upgrade locations in Toronto, Dallas, Detroit and Chicago, they partner with OEMs and other manufacturers of quality automotive parts and accessories to deliver work-ready vehicles, on time and on budget. For more than 70 years, Kerr and Crown have combined market-leading engineering, quality and innovation with best-in-class products and exceptional service to deliver cost-effective solutions for customers.

“Kerr and Crown are a great fit for Safe Fleet’s law enforcement portfolio as they add enhancement expertise in this key market,” says John R. Knox, president and CEO of Safe Fleet. “Their close relationships with some of the largest law enforcement agencies, OEMs and parts manufacturers, based on a steadfast focus on the customer experience, have made them the vehicle improver for law enforcement.”

Kerr and Crown add upgrade services to Safe Fleet Law Enforcement’s portfolio of vehicle video, body-worn cameras and digital evidence management products. They also expand Safe Fleet’s network of trained field installers and commercial vehicle service centers, which will better serve the needs of the law enforcement market.

“We are excited to join Safe Fleet,” says Steve Somerville, president of Kerr Industries. “Your support will enhance our ability to invest more and deliver on the innovation, customer focus and quality workmanship that Kerr has built our reputation on.”

Kerr’s existing leadership team will continue to manage the business post-acquisition.

About Secure Fleet

Headquartered in Belton, MO, Safe Fleet is the leading provider of fleet vehicle safety solutions. Its best-in-class smart solutions form an integrated safety platform for fleets of all types: school bus, transit, fire, EMS, law enforcement, work trucks, trucks and trailers, construction, agriculture, waste and recycling, industrial and military. With a broad portfolio of market-leading brands, 1,800 employees, 15 manufacturing locations and 13 service centers, Safe Fleet continues to innovate and deliver the smart safety solutions fleets need to survive and thrive in a changing world and ensure that drivers, passengers, and everyone around them get home safe and sound. Safe Fleet is driving safety for the fleets of today and tomorrow. For more information, visit www.safefleet.net. Safe Fleet is a portfolio company of Oak Hill Capital Partners.

About Kerr Industries
Established in 1952, Kerr Industries is a leading specialty vehicle manufacturer providing highly engineered, integrated solutions for the law enforcement, emergency response and commercial vehicle markets. With facilities strategically located in Canada and the United States, and through its wholly owned subsidiary Crown North America, Kerr specializes in complex upgrades, providing custom solutions to ensure each individual end-user’s requirements are met, including custom power and wiring management, video and communications systems, weapons and cargo storage systems, K-9 and prisoner transport systems, emergency lighting solutions, and engineering and technical support. Kerr enhancements are designed to complement the unique capabilities of the Police vehicle platforms offered by GM, Ford and Stellantis. For more information, visit www.kerrindustries.com or www.crown-na.com.

About Oak Hill Capital Partners
Oak Hill is a private equity firm that manages funds with more than $14 billion in seed capital commitments and co-investments since inception from leading global foundations and endowments, public and corporate pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies , financial institutions, consultants and family offices. Over the past 30 years, Oak Hill professionals and their predecessors have invested in 90 private equity transactions across broad segments of the US and global economies. Oak Hill takes an industry-focused, theme-based approach to investing in the following sectors: consumer, retail and distribution; Industrial Stocks; Media and Communications; and services. Oak Hill actively works in partnership with management to implement strategic and operational initiatives to create franchise value. For more information, visit www.oakhillcapital.com.

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