Friday, December 26, 2014

Havis sells lighting product line to R-O-M

The Bucks County manufacturer said it initiated the sale in order to focus on its faster-growing businesses making computer-docking stations and consoles used in police, fire and public safety vehicles.

Havis sells lighting product line to R-O-M

Havis Inc., a Warminster manufacturer of computer-docking stations used in police vehicles, has sold its lighting product line to another privately held company, R-O-M Corp.

No purchase price was disclosed in the news release, although I hope to ask about that with one of the Bernert brothers, who own Havis.

Havis, which traces its roots to 1928, did say that none of its 175 employees will lose his or her job as a result of the transaction. The company said it will "reallocate" those who'd worked on the lighting products to its other business lines.

The easiest way to describe what Havis makes is this: anything that keeps computers and other equipment from flying around inside a police, fire or other public-safety vehicle as it speeds to an emergency.

Production of the Havis lights will be moved from Warminster to R-O-M's Belton, Mo. factory within the next six months. R-O-M, which is perhaps best-known as the maker of roll-up doors used by fire stations, said the acquisition would add up to 13 employees, expanding its workforce to about 110 people.

In a video shot in June and posted on the Havis website, President Michael Bernert said the company manufactures 85 to 90 percent of the products it sells in its factories in Warminster and Plymouth, Mich. He added that the company is looking to expand its Bucks County operations by adding an injection-molding operation as well as 20 to 30 jobs.

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