EXTON, PA—USSC Group, (USSC), a manufacturer of custom seating and fire suppression products for the transit, military and first responder markets today announced the acquisition of Vista Brake Lock, LLC. Vista Brake Lock, located in Sanford, Florida, manufactures and sells innovative safety and security systems for all emergency vehicles. Invented by Randy Smathers, a 34-year career firefighter, and retired Division Chief, Vista Brake Lock for apparatus equipped with air brakes, and Vista Park Lock for apparatus with automatic transmission shifters are designed to prevent theft of emergency vehicles while on a call.
“This acquisition comes as part of USSC’s ongoing commitment to protect the men and women who serve our communities as emergency service professional,” said Joseph Mirabile, President and CEO, USSC Group. “VISTA is a welcomed addition to our portfolio of brands and extend and strengthen our capabilities to offer our customers innovative safety solutions for commercial and military transportation markets.”
“VISTA is America’s leading passive safety and security system to public safety providers. Some of the biggest departments are now specifying both safety and security devices on all new apparatus orders,” stated Randy Smathers. “USSC’s leadership will ensure VISTA is the product of choice across many new markets while strengthening the Fire and EMS markets.”
“With the high incidence of on-scene emergency vehicle theft, Vista Brake is critical technology providing safety to our first responders and security of their equipment when on-scene,” noted Steve Toren EVP, USSC Group.
“USSC’s focus is new technologies that improve safety and asset protection for our customers,” emphasized, Ray Melleady, EVP, USSC Group. “The Vista Brake patented technology prevents unauthorized use of equipment and accidental roll aways which, unfortunately, are far too common in public transportation operations.”
USSC Group will bring the manufacturing of (VISTA) to their headquarters in Exton, PA., where they will integrate the manufacturing into their product line.