US firm swoops for 130-year-old hospital bed manufacturer

A HALIFAX-based hospital bed manufacturer, which has been operating for 130 years, has been snapped up by a company headquartered in New York.

Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare, a global manufacturer and distributor of medical products, has acquired Sidhil Group for an undisclosed sum.

Sidhil Group operates from a 105,000 sq ft facility in Halifax and has a nationwide Service Centre network.

Peter Siddall, chairman of Sidhil Group said: “I’m very proud of what Sidhil has accomplished – growing from a small, family-run business to a leading manufacturer of healthcare products in the UK. Now, with this new partnership with Drive, Sidhil will have access to their global distribution network, bringing our product line to new markets the world over.”

Harvey P. Diamond, chief executive officer of Drive, said: “Sidhil enjoys a long history of manufacturing excellence, and this acquisition will expand Drive’s existing manufacturing capabilities in the U.K. while adding significant manufacturing expertise to our European platform. The team at Sidhil has demonstrated a true commitment to quality and performance in every product they make, and we look forward to having this well-known and well-respected brand as part of the Drive family of companies.”

Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare manufactures a line of medical products, including mobility products, sleep and respiratory products, beds, bariatric products, wheelchairs, sleep surfaces and pressure prevention products.

The company markets its products to customers located throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Central and South America, the Middle East and Asia.