USSC Group Acquires Vista Brake Lock

Jan. 11, 2019
The acquisition comes as part of USSC's ongoing commitment to protect the men and women who serve our communities as emergency service professionals.

Exton, PA – USSC Group, (USSC), a manufacturer of custom seating and fire suppression products for the transit, military and first responder markets announced the acquisition of Vista Brake Lock, LLC. Vista Brake Lock, located in Sanford, FL, manufactures and sells innovative safety and security systems for all emergency vehicles. Invented by Randy Smathers, a 34-year career firefighter, and retired Division Chief, Vista Brake Lock for apparatus equipped with air brakes, and Vista Park Lock for apparatus with automatic transmission shifters are designed to prevent theft of emergency vehicles while on call. 

“This acquisition comes as part of USSC's ongoing commitment to protect the men and women who serve our communities as emergency service professionals,” said Joseph Mirabile, President and CEO, USSC Group. “VISTA is a welcomed addition to our portfolio of brands and extend and strengthen our capabilities to offer our customers innovative safety solutions for commercial and military transportation markets.” 

“VISTA is America’s leading passive safety and security system to public safety providers. Some of the biggest departments are now specifying both safety and security devices on all new apparatus orders," stated Randy Smathers. “USSC’s leadership will ensure VISTA is the product of choice across many new markets while strengthening the Fire and EMS markets.” 

“With the high incidence of on-scene emergency vehicle theft, Vista Brake is critical technology providing safety to our first responders and security of their equipment when on-scene,” noted Steve Toren EVP, USSC Group.

“USSC’s focus is new technologies that improve safety and asset protection for our customers,” emphasized, Ray Melleady, EVP, USSC Group. “The Vista Brake patented technology prevents unauthorized use of equipment and accidental roll aways which, unfortunately, are far too common in public transportation operations.” 

USSC Group will bring the manufacturing of (VISTA) to their headquarters in Exton, PA., where they will integrate the manufacturing into their product line. 

About USSC Group

USSC Group is a global leader in the commercial and military seating industry, we design and engineer world-class safety, survivability and technology products for commercial and military  transportation vehicles. We’re a highly skilled and ambitious team of craftspeople, designers,  engineers, and problem solvers, united by a passion for creating innovative new products that  enhance comfort and protect our customers’ lives. Recently named Philadelphia’s Top 100  Fastest Growing Companies, Our portfolio of products includes seating for commercial buses, fire trucks, ambulances, military vehicles, motor coaches, rail cars and locomotives. 

We design and build specialty soldier survivability systems for military vehicles and our revolutionary fire suppression systems are used in school buses, public transit and para-transit buses as well as heavy machinery and mining equipment. Our four core proprietary brands 

include; UNITED STATES SEATING - builds durable and ergonomically designed ADA securement seating systems for passengers and operators of buses, subways, and light-rail  systems. VALOR FIRST RESPONDERS SEATING - for fire trucks and emergency 

ambulance vehicles. FOGMAKER NORTH AMERICA- builds environmentally friendly and self-contained water mist fire suppression systems for engine compartments and enclosed  spaces for school buses, transit buses, rail systems, and heavy machinery. GLOBAL 

SEATING – manufactures high-quality military seats and complete soldier survivability restraint systems for military vehicles. For additional information, please visit,, or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, You-Tube. 

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