Driverge Vehicle Innovations Acquires NorCal Van Conversions Adding West Coast Manufacturing and Distribution Capabilities
Driverge Vehicle Innovations, the country’s leading builder of commercial accessible vans, shuttles, transporters, work vans and recreational vehicles, announced that it has acquired California-based NorCal Van Conversions, an innovative designer of accessible, shuttle, vocational, secure transport, and healthcare vans.
With manufacturing facilities in Akron, Ohio, Kansas City, Kansas, and Ladson, South Carolina, the acquisition for Driverge will provide enhanced manufacturing, product offerings, and distribution in support of the western United States.
“We are excited to welcome NorCal Van Conversions’ customers and team to the Driverge family. This acquisition is very dynamic for Driverge. While improving our geographic footprint, the acquisition grows us in so many areas, from team, to product, to capability.” said Driverge President Mark Minatel. He added, “Our companies share customer-focused missions for delivering solutions to an incredible and supportive client base. This is a powerful combination that strengthens our abilities to drive leading innovation and value for our clients.”
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For NorCal owners Todd and Laurie LaPant, selling to a like-minded company that upholds NorCal’s values and focus on clients were primary considerations.
“Becoming a part of Driverge made great sense for us and our clients in the long run,” said co-owner and Chief Operating Officer Todd LaPant. Mr. LaPant said that he and co-owner and Chief Financial Officer Laurie LaPant will remain a part of the operation in California and be a part of the Driverge leadership team for many years to come. “This is an ideal opportunity for our customers who will benefit greatly from the combined product offerings, future innovations and continued relationships with the NorCal team,” said Ms. LaPant.
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