Viking Life-Saving Equipment to acquire Virginia distributor

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Viking Life-Saving Equipment has an agreement to purchase the assets of USA Services in Norfolk, Va., and, effective Aug. 6, the facility will operate under the Viking name, improving logistics and distribution for its regional sales and service partners.

"Our goal is to provide comprehensive sales and service of all USCG- and SOLAS-regulated equipment," Viking vice president of the Americas Al Osle said in a statement. "The current economic climate demands that our customers get the greatest value for their dollar. The expansion to Norfolk, Va., will enable us to service key ship-owner and defense customers."

Viking's new facility will be equipped to represent the company's entire line of products. It will also offer life raft, evacuation system, lifeboat and fire service.

Viking Life-Saving Equipment is based in Miami.

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