News that drew the most traffic on the School Bus Fleet website this year covered illegal school bus passing, a petition for tougher penalties on stop-arm running, and student and driver fatalities in the danger zone.
BELTON, Mo. — Safe Fleet Holdings LLC has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Oak Hill Capital Partners, the companies announced on Tuesday.
Oak Hill, a private equity firm based in New York City, will acquire Safe Fleet from its current owner, The Sterling Group. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018.
Safe Fleet provides a variety of equipment for school buses, including video surveillance systems, stop arms, crossing arms, and roof hatches. The company’s brands include Seon, Specialty Manufacturing, and Transpec.
“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.”
Gary Rosenthal, a partner at Sterling and chairman of Safe Fleet’s board of directors, said that Safe Fleet has grown “from two small component suppliers to a leader in safety solutions for fleet vehicles.”
John Knox, president and CEO of Safe Fleet, added, “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.”
Feature articles that drew the most traffic on the School Bus Fleet website in 2018 included tips on school bus safety, electric school buses, and student behavior management.
The Lake Washington School District's Bus Driver's Association collects 884 toys for children in need.
From holiday parades to creative tree decorations to a toy drive, school buses and those who drive them get festive.
The state plans to use about a quarter of its Volkswagen settlement money to buy 142 new school buses in low-income communities.
Henrico County (Va.) Public Schools receives the first Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus equipped with the new Detroit DD5 engine.
The analytics software supplier's transportation management platform offers scheduling, dispatch, time clock, and attendance modules.
Over 300 Disney Elementary School students applauded their bus drivers with a special "Clap Out" on the school's Bus Driver Appreciation Day.
The dealer adds Brattain International’s five locations in Portland, Salem, Albany, Eugene, and Bend to its already established footprint in northern California.
The Lake County (Fla.) Schools board agrees to a $1.2 million deal to install new Motorola radio systems on all of the district's buses.
The North Carolina-based school bus manufacturer serves as title sponsor for The Bobby Labonte Foundation’s Charity Bike Ride, helping to raise $50,000 for three local nonprofit organizations.
The company’s 2018 United to End Bullying Coloring and Poster Contest is accepting entries through Nov. 30.
Drivers from two Alabama schools will set up boxes on their buses for students to place food items that will then be donated to the community and local food pantries.
School bus driver Jeremy Byler celebrates the challenges and the rewards of the job in this hilarious parody of Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It.”
Why do drivers pass stopped school buses? In this clever PSA from Northampton, Massachusetts, kids play the role of stop-arm runner and recite the many lame excuses that police have heard.