New Flyer Industries Inc, a large transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor based in the US, has acquired Carlson Engineered Composites Inc and the assets of its US affiliated companies, a privately-owned composites company, headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba for US$13 million.

Carlson makes glass fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) components primarily for original equipment manufacturers of transportation vehicles and agricultural equipment, with 2016 sales exceeding US$38 million. It currently employs over 300 people at three production facilities totaling 235,000 ft2.

‘The acquisition of Carlson will allow us to control of one of the more critical commodities in our manufacturing supply chain,’ said David White, New Flyer Group’s Executive vice president, supply management. ‘As we think about the businesses of Carlson and Frank Fair Industries Ltd, the Winnipeg FRP business owned by Motor Coach Industries Limited since 1991, we can explore sharing best practices in composite part manufacturing, optimizing processes, and pursuing new technologies.’

This story is reprinted from material from New Flyer, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.