October 04, 2016

Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. Acquires the Business of Swedish Manufacturer of De-Icers

AUGUSTA, Ga. -Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has acquired, through its Swedish affiliate, Textron Sweden AB, the assets of Safeaero i Trelleborg AB, a Swedish manufacturer of premium de-icers for the aviation industry. Textron Sweden AB is a subsidiary of Textron Inc.
Going forward, Safeaero’s business will operate as part of Textron Specialized Vehicles’ Ground Support Equipment business, which manufactures an extensive GSE product line under the TUG®, Douglas(tm), Premier(tm) and, now, Safeaero(tm) brands.
Safeaero’s line of de-icers is primarily designed to allow for efficient de-icing operations at major airport hubs. The line includes five different models, some of which offer easy single worker operation.  Safeaero’s product line complements Textron Specialized Vehicles’ existing Premier line of de-icers, which primarily serve regional “spoke” airports and general-aviation facilities.
The acquisition of Safeaero’s product line enables Textron Specialized Vehicles to offer customers a more complete line of equipment to meet their GSE needs, from Safeaero and Premier de-icers, to Douglas towbarless aircraft pushbacks, to TUG conventional pushbacks, baggage and cargo tractors, belt loaders, mobile HVAC units, air-starts and ground power units.
“The Safeaero business is an important addition to our growing stable of GSE brands and product lines,” said Kevin Holleran, president and CEO of Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. “We offer a broad line of GSE products to our customers, whether they are serving passengers at an airport of the scale of London Heathrow, or a critical regional FBO.”
“We look forward to growing with our customers and helping them serve the expanding passenger and cargo air traffic around the globe,” Holleran said.
Safeaero’s business will continue to operate from its facilities in Trelleborg, Sweden. Click to learn more information about Safeaero’s product lines. Click to learn more about Textron Specialized Vehicles’ TUG, Douglas and Premier GSE products.

October 4, 2016