Simplex has been acquired by DART

Simplex manufactures aerial application equipment for helicopters, including internal and external water tanks for firefighting

Simplex and DART exhibits
The Simplex and DART exhibits were adjacent to each other at Heli-Expo in Atlanta March 5, 2019.

Wednesday morning it was announced that Simplex Aerospace has been acquired by the Canadian helicopter parts manufacturer DART Aerospace.

For 73 years Simplex has been manufacturing an assortment of aerial application systems for helicopters, some of which are used in fighting wildfires. Most notable are the external belly tanks and a more recent addition, internal tanks for Blackhawks.

Simplex has been based in Portland, Oregon while DART’s headquarters is in Canada.

Simplex internal tank Blackhawk
A Simplex internal tank for a Blackhawk at Heli-Expo in Atlanta, March 5, 2019.

The newly combined entity, which will transition into operating under the DART brand, will now have more than 320 employees in eight locations worldwide, including four manufacturing centers of excellence.

“With the support of Simplex’s 200+ international product certifications and its years of experience in the aerial firefighting sector, DART will strengthen its global leadership position by providing helicopter mission equipment for offshore, firefighting and utility applications, as well as an increased portfolio alongside our current product offering of 900+ STCs” states Alain Madore, DART’s President and CEO.

“We are proud to be delivering the added value that Simplex’s products and capabilities will bring to the DART brand” said Mark Zimmerman, President and CEO of Simplex who led the company through 18 years of success. “Together, our unique STC portfolio and complementary product lines will enable us to achieve revenue synergies and expand our reach across the aerial firefighting sector worldwide.”

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