Boise emergency-equipment business ECCO buys larger company

newsroom@idahostatesman.comApril 3, 2014 

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ECCO Group employee Jozene Boggs tests a beacon before capping it with an amber housing in 2012 in East Boise. The 42-year-old Boise electronics manufacturer makes emergency lighting and audible warning equipment for commercial and emergency vehicles.

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ECCO Group, based in Boise, is buying Public Safety Equipment Group.

ECCO Group sells amber warning beacons and light bars and reverse alarms to commercial vehicle companies. The acquisition of the England-based company that also sells lighting for emergency vehicles will expand ECCO's global standing and its presence in the emergency vehicles industry, ECCO said in a news release.

Terms of the sale and price were not disclosed.

The expanded organization is called ECCO Safety Group. It will have manufacturing operations in nine locations on four continents, along with four sales offices in Europe, Australia and China. It will have 900 employees — ECCO Group's 270 and Public Safety Equipment Group's 630 combined.

The business deal creates an "expanded group investing for the longer term in service and innovation to support its customers around the world, offering red and blue emergency lighting, mirrors, switches, signal and accessory lights and wiper equipment," said Chris Marshall, CEO of ECCO Safety Group.

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