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REV Group Appoints Kent Tyler as New Fire Division President

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Milwaukee, WI—REV Group Inc. (NYSE: REVG), manufacturer of specialty vehicles, announces Kent Tyler will rejoin the company as Fire Division President on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Tyler will oversee all the fire brands including E-ONE, KME, Ferrara, Spartan, Smeal, and Ladder Tower. He will be based in Ocala, Florida, home of E-ONE.

Given the recent acquisition of Spartan Emergency Response, the prolonged expansion efforts at the E-ONE fire facility, and a record-level backlog, the board of directors decided that new leadership with proven experience in all aspects of operational excellence is required to efficiently and effectively streamline operations and increase throughput.


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“We are excited to welcome Kent back to REV Group.” stated Paul Bamatter, REV Group’s chairman of the board. “Kent has proven to be a very effective business leader and operator who is extremely familiar with our organization. We look forward to a relatively quick transition and working with him to return this division to appropriate levels of profitability.”

“The REV Fire Division is not just a collection great companies…it’s a collection of great people dedicated to serving the needs of first responders and the incredible work they do on a daily basis,” stated Tyler. “It’s great to be back and leading the REV Fire Division. I look forward to working with all the companies to deliver operational excellence initiatives, innovative product solutions, and the highest quality fire apparatus in the industry.”

Tyler has a long and successful executive history with REV Group, Inc. dating back to its original portfolio company, Collins Industries, Inc and subsequent holding company, Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV). Over this time, Tyler served as corporate vice president, sales and marketing of Collins Industries, Inc.; president of the Collins Bus Corporation; president/CEO of the E-ONE fire business; and president/CEO of the Bus & Mobility Group.