Simplex Manufacturing, which makes aerial applications systems for helicopters, has acquired Helipod International. The purchase gives Simplex access to Helipod’s certified accessory products for Robinson helicopters, including cargo pods, spray systems and other specialty items.
"Helipod represents an important milestone in our overall strategy of acquiring value added product lines and businesses that are focused on the aviation industry," says Simplex COO Mark Zimmerman. "We are very excited to be partnering with Peter [Maloney, founder/CEO of Helipod] and look forward to his assistance in developing new technologies and expanding our line of FAA-certified products."
Under the deal, the two companies will merge their distribution networks. However, Simplex will continue to manufacture products in the U.S., while Helipod will maintain is plant in New Zealand. "We were impressed with their large distribution network and their extensive product line," says Maloney.