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Dejana Acquires Arrowhead Equipment

May 01, 2017

Dejana Truck and Utility Equipment, an upfitter and manufacturer of vehicle attachments and equipment and a subsidiary of Douglas Dynamics, Inc., announced it has acquired Arrowhead Equipment, Inc. 

According to the upfitter, the deal is a natural extension of Dejana’s ongoing growth strategy that it has been successfully executing for several years. The deal adds two manufacturing facilities that will improve service to Dejana’s customer base in the region.

Arrowhead Equipment has grown organically to become a leading upfitter in the upstate New York market, with two upfit facilities located in Albany and Queensbury with a combined 31,000 square feet of space. Arrowhead Equipment is a well-run family-owned business that currently employs approximately 50 people. 

Acquiring Arrowhead Equipment allows Dejana to further leverage its relationship with truck and van OEMs and augment its position as a leading bailment pool upfitter. Arrowhead Equipment’s customer portfolio includes a diverse base of commercial truck users, ranging from commercial snow contractors, municipalities, and emergency response entities. The two additional locations will be Dejana’s eighth and ninth manufacturing locations, each with truck equipment showrooms for retail sales.

“We are pleased to welcome the Arrowhead Equipment team into the Dejana family,” said Andrew Dejana, president of Dejana Truck & Utility Equipment Company. “As the logical next step in our ongoing expansion strategy, we believe that adding Arrowhead Equipment will magnify our reach and improve our ability to serve current and potential customers. Bill Ehlert and his team have a solid track record of growth, with a leading presence in the Albany market, and there are ample opportunities to continue to expand the business in the coming years.”

The Arrowhead Equipment team will continue to lead the business, reporting to Andrew Dejana, President of Dejana Truck & Utility Equipment Company. The acquisition is not expected to have a material impact on Douglas Dynamics’ 2017 results and terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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