Federal Signal to Acquire Joe Johnson Equipment

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Vactor 2100 at WWETT 2016

The Vactor 2100 on display at WWETT 2016.

Federal Signal Corp. (NYSE: FSS), a leader in environmental and safety solutions, announced today the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets and operations of Joe Johnson Equipment (JJE), a leading Canadian-based distributor of a leading Canadian-based distributor of maintenance equipment for municipal and industrial markets, for approximately US$79 million.

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The transaction is expected to close by the end of the second quarter of 2016. The company is also in discussions regarding potential acquisition of JJE’s interests in Chile, which is not expected to be material.  JJE will operate as part of Federal Signal’s Environmental Solutions Group.

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JJE’s revenues in North America were approximately US $112 million during the fiscal year ending Aug. 31, 2015. JJE specializes in serving municipalities, municipal contractors and industrial contractors with products that include street sweepers, sewer cleaners, vacuum trucks, snow removal equipment and refuse collection equipment. JJE represents leading brands that include Federal Signal’s Elgin, Vactor, Guzzler and Jetstream lines, as well as Labrie, Trackless, Envirosight, NewWay, Epoke and others. It also offers rental options, used equipment, parts, service and ancillary equipment. JJE is a five-year recipient of the prestigious “Canada’s Best Managed Companies” award that recognizes excellence in Canadian private business.

“This transaction demonstrates our commitment to grow while remaining close to our core,” said Federal Signal president and CEO Jennifer L. Sherman. “We are excited to join forces with JJE, which brings a comprehensive platform for us to grow across North America. Their product, rental and used equipment offerings will allow us to expand our product portfolio and better serve our customers across North America. In addition, JJE is an outstanding organization with impressive leadership and people, attractive customer and supplier relationships, a commitment to excellence, robust business processes and a history of success. We look forward to accelerating our growth together.”

“Joe Johnson Equipment has a proud history of customer focus, excellent service and prudent growth, including expansion of both our reach and our product offerings,” noted JJE president Joe Johnson Jr. “Federal Signal has been an outstanding and close long-term partner, and we align extraordinarily well – on culture, mission and goals. We are excited to bring our strength in Canada, our rental and other operating capabilities and our experience as a dealer to the Federal Signal team.”

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