Douglas Equipment sold to Textron
26 January 2015
The Textron Specialized Vehicles group of Textron Inc., through Textron Ground Support Equipment U.K., has acquired the Douglas Equipment business from Curtiss-Wright Flow Control (U.K.), a subsidiary of Curtiss-Wright Corporation. Douglas Equipment will now operate as part of Textron Specialized Vehicles’ GSE business, which also includes TUG Technologies Corp., a manufacturer of ground support equipment based in Kennesaw, GA. Douglas Equipment is thought to be a good fit for the Textron Specialized Vehicles group, as Douglas’ specialization in towbarless and conventional aircraft tractors and runway friction measurement systems complements TUG Technologies’ leadership in baggage and tow tractors, push-backs, belt loaders, ground power units, air-starts, and mobile HVAC units. Douglas will continue to operate from its U.K. facilities in Cheltenham and Poyle, with its workforce of more than 90 employees intact. The Douglas brand will join the Textron Specialized Vehicles companies’ stable of brands alongside TUG™, E-Z-GO®, Cushman®, and Bad Boy® Buggies.