Brown Industries Is Now Manufacturer Of American Heritage Line Of Trolleys For Specialty Vehicles

“The partnership between Specialty Vehiclesand Brown Industries has now become official. Brown Industries in Lawrence, KS, is now the manufacturer of the American Heritage line of trolleys for Specialty Vehicles, the exclusive domestic and international distributor,” according to a press release. Dane Jennison, president of Brown Industries, said, “It is a perfect match combining the industry experience and sales capacity of SVI with the manufacturing expertise of Brown. While it has been a challenge to start a new product line of this magnitude from scratch, I am proud to say that we are making tremendous progress. With an eight-man engineering department, and the recent startup of our dedicated trolley second shift, we will have a competitive lead time.” Nancy Munoz, CEO of Specialty Vehicles, said, “We are thrilled about the new relationship with Brown Industries. With their experience, capabilities and willingness to build high quality vehicles for the trolley industry, we are looking forward to a successful relationship while providing beautiful trolleys for every type of application.”

According to the release, last summer Specialty Vehicles started the trolley discussion with Brown Industries. After shifts in the industry, Specialty Vehicles needed a manufacturer, and Brown was interested in building trolleys. Following several meetings, factory visits, phone calls and planning hours, Brown started on the first units last fall. Several trolleys have been completed and delivered, and more are in production. Brown Industries manufactures both frontengine and rear-engine trolleys, with seating from 18 – 40 passengers, built on either a Ford or Freightliner chassis, with a variety of fueling options and ADA accessibility. Aesthetic options such as a conductor’s platform, brass or stainless steel stanchions, single or dual door entries, a variety of seating configurations and a multitude of upgrades are also available. Brown Industries has been manufacturing van bodies and custom truck equipment for over 70 years, with manufacturing facilities in Lawrence, KS, and Henderson, CO. Van bodies have typically been the backbone of Brown’s business, but the company also manufactures custom products. Specialty Vehicles is a family owned and operated Nevada-based business providing trolleys, trams and mini electric vehicles for the last 35 years.

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