EXTON, Pa. — United States Seating Co. (USSC) has acquired the outstanding ownership of public transit seating supplier 4ONE LLC from joint venture partner Freedman Seating Co.
4ONE was established in 2005 as a joint venture with Freedman Seating. 4ONE grew over the past decade and now supplies more than 50% of the public transit passenger seating in North America, according to Freedman and USSC.
The 4ONE acquisition is USSC’s first since partnering with Dubin Clark & Co., a private investment firm.
"We are excited to consolidate all of our public transportation seating under one brand to better serve our customers," said Joseph Mirabile, president and CEO of USSC. “USSC is growing at an unprecedented pace across multiple markets. The partnership with Dubin Clark has allowed our company to accelerate our investment in innovative technology and products that continue to improve safety and survivability in the markets we serve."
Along with Freedman’s sale of its portion of 4ONE to USSC, the companies have entered into a long-term manufacturing agreement.
“Not only does this move allow us to further capitalize our growth and expansion into new markets, it signals that we are recommitting ourselves to the heavy-duty transit market,” said Dan Cohen, president of Freedman Seating. “We are looking forward to working with USSC to develop new products for our customers and continue the market share growth we have had over the past 12 years.”
In addition to supplying seating, USSC Group is also the parent company of Fogmaker North America, which provides fire suppression systems for school buses and other vehicles.