Plant Equipment and CML Emergency Services complete merger

Combined entity is the undisputed industry leader

SAN FRANCISCO (January 30, 2006) – Golden Gate Capital, a $2.6 billion private equity firm, today announced portfolio company Plant Equipment, Inc. completed its merger with CML Emergency Services Inc., which was acquired from funds advised by Apax Partners. The combined entity will be the world’s leading vendor of emergency response solutions for critical infrastructure protection organizations, with an installed base that includes over two-thirds of the US Public Safety market. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

“The merger of Plant and CML creates the world’s largest provider of emergency response solutions and services for organizations that serve and protect their communities, cities and countries,” said David Dominik, Managing Director of Golden Gate Capital. “The company has the most comprehensive product lines, distribution channels and support services in the space, along with an experienced, innovative engineering team that is driven by customer objectives. That’s a powerful, long-term value proposition for organizations that seek to optimize response to unforeseen events and adapt to new technological challenges.”

Timothy J. Fuller, Plant Equipment’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented: “Our mandate is to deliver the most effective critical infrastructure protection solutions to meet the constantly evolving needs of first responders. Our ability to do so, with the industry’s largest and most accomplished team of technology innovators, customer support personnel and channel partners, is unparalleled. Finally, critical communications organizations have a single provider to meet all of their requirements.”

The organizational structure and corporate branding of the newly merged company will be announced in the coming weeks. All current Plant and CML product lines will continue to be supported as per existing agreements with customers.

About Golden Gate Capital

Golden Gate Capital is a San Francisco-based private equity investment firm with approximately $2.6 billion of capital under management. The firm is dedicated to partnering with world-class management teams to invest in change-intensive, growth businesses. Golden Gate targets investments in situations where there is a demonstrable opportunity to significantly enhance a company’s value. The principals of Golden Gate Capital have a long and successful history of investing with management partners across a wide rage of industries and transaction types. For more information, please visit

About Plant Equipment

Established in 1968, Plant is a major solutions supplier for public and private communications providers including: Motorola, Qwest, SBC, Sprint and Verizon. Plant products include advanced call processing solutions, conventional key telephone systems, mapping/GIS/CAD/RMS, management information systems, digital logging/recording systems and comprehensive professional services. Plant is a Nortel Developer Partner, an ESRI Business Partner, an HP Development Solutions Partner and a Microsoft© Certified Partner. For more information, visit

About CML Emergency Services

Established in 1980, CML delivers intelligent communications management and response systems for the Public Safety and Private Security industries. These systems—9-1-1 in North America, 112 in Europe and 999 in the UK—include communications routing, switching and call management hardware and software, as well as radio communication consoles. CML systems dynamically provide all takers with mission-critical information from incoming wire line and wireless (cell phone) calls, to facilitate faster, more informed responses to unforeseen events. More than 1,200 Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) sites across North and South America, Europe and the Caribbean have selected CML to optimize communications management and incident response, and associated human and capital resources. For more information, visit