OTTAWA — Titan Bus of Ottawa is merging with Metro Worldwide as the two companies seek to expand in the shuttle bus industry with electric vehicles.
The merger has been in the works for a year. It came to fruition Wednesday.
Metro Worldwide of Clear Lake, Iowa, is a division of Pritchard Companies while Titan Bus is a division of Verhoff Machine & Welding. The two will become Metro Titan Group.
“The combination of these industry leaders will improve the procurement process for fleet purchasers. By connecting purchasing and manufacturing, MTG will ensure high-quality standards from top to bottom,” Ed Verhoff, CEO of Verhoff Machine & Welding, said in a press release.
Metro Titan Group will continue to provide shuttle buses while expanding product and production capabilities. Operations will run out of Ottawa and will have a national sales presence.
The merger will bring innovation into the bus market with the infrastructure to support the growing demand for safer transportation, and eventually electric vehicles.
“Combining our organizations provides technology advantages and a major growth opportunity through extended and vital service offerings for customers” said Joe Pritchard, CEO of Pritchard Companies, in a news release.
Titan is a manufacturer of school buses. It was founded in January 2017 by owners Ed and Joe Verhoff of Verhoff Machine and Welding, and employs 25 people. Its concept of utilizing touch screen monitors instead of traditional rocker switches is a departure for the industry, setting Titan Bus apart from other Type A school bus manufacturers.
Metro Worldwide brings more than 100 years of experience in automotive sales. Metro produces and sells shuttle buses for public transit organizations and private fleets. Titan Bus brings 90 years of manufacturing and metal fabrication expertise. Titan Bus leads in raw material technology that incorporates lighter vehicles, fuel savings and other components that ensure a safe and secure ride for its occupants.