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SOURCE Allied Specialty Vehicles
ORLANDO, Fla., June 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV), a leading manufacturer of motor vehicles for commercial, fire & emergency and recreation markets, today announced that Matt Ford has been named president of ElDorado Mobility. Ford will lead the company from ASV's ElDorado National-Kansas manufacturing facility in Salina where Toyota, Chrysler and Dodge minivans are converted for wheelchair accessibility.
"We are delighted to have a person of Matt's caliber onboard to lead ASV's expanding mobility business," said Kent Tyler, president and CEO of ASV's Bus Division. "His management experience and proven sales success with mobility products for persons with disabilities is well aligned with our strategies to expand our dealer network and grow our customer base in personal use, paratransit and taxi markets."
Ford added, "ElDorado Mobility is a tremendous opportunity for me. The company has a well-earned reputation for delivering the most durable and reliable van conversions in the industry. I'm looking forward to leveraging our quality products with our strong dealer relationships to increase efficiency and improve the customer experience to grow our business."
Tyler said Ford's arrival also allows Jeff Montgomery, president of ElDorado National-Kansas, to focus solely on the two cutaway shuttle bus lines manufactured at the Salina facility. "We certainly appreciate the effort Jeff has made in overseeing our mobility business. Moving forward, however, this change will allow him to focus 100% of his efforts on our ElDorado National-Kansas and Krystal bus products," Tyler said. "Having Matt join Jeff in Salina demonstrates ASV's commitment to strengthening these brands in their respective markets."
Ford arrives from The Braun Corporation, a manufacturer of conversion van and wheelchair lift mobility products, where he spent more than 10 years in sales management positions, most recently as national director of sales. In this role, he expanded the company's dealer network into 19 new markets over a two-year period, a move that resulted in market share increases. Prior to this, he held business ownership positions at Ford Wireless Group and Clearcall, Inc. Ford earned his Bachelor of Arts in business administration/economics and is currently completing his Master of Business Administration from Bethel College.
ElDorado Mobility's Amerivan, side entry, and Mission, rear entry, minivan conversions feature the industry's only stainless steel floor, an optional power ramp and flexible seating for family members. All minivan conversions are Altoona tested and meet or exceed applicable FMVSS/CMVSS testing requirements.
For more information about ElDorado Mobility conversion products, visit www.amerivans.com or call toll free 1-866-392-6300.
About Allied Specialty Vehicles, Bus Division
Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV) is a +$1.5 billion manufacturer of industry leading brands serving commercial, fire & emergency and recreational vehicle markets. ASV's Bus Division is comprised of 11 leading brands – Type A school bus manufacturers Collins Bus, Mid Bus and Corbeil; mid-size, heavy-duty bus manufacturer ElDorado National-California; cutaway shuttle bus manufacturers Champion Bus, ElDorado National-Kansas, Goshen Coach and General Coach; executive luxury shuttle bus manufacturers Krystal and Federal Coach; and disabled conversion vehicle manufacturer ElDorado Mobility. ASV's bus division companies are active in myriad of transportation markets, including education, transit, airport, parking, rental car, hotel/resort, retirement/assisted living, health care and faith organizations. For more information, visit www.alliedsv.com.
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