Drive Medical has acquired the business of Primus Medical LLC, a leading manufacturer of long-term care beds and related products, according to a Dec 16 announcement by Drive.

Located in Ohio, Primus manufactures high-quality leading-edge long-term care products, including full-function low beds, bariatric beds, lifts and chairs, therapeutic air and foam mattresses, lifts, slings and safety products. Primus has enjoyed great success in its launch of the PrimePlus B1750 High Capacity Bed and PrimeCare B901 High/Low Bed.

“This acquisition provides Drive with a complete portfolio of high-quality long-term care beds, and will position Drive as a major manufacturer in this rapidly-growing market,” said Harvey Diamond, Chairman and CEO of Drive Medical. “With Drive’s broad-based product offering and the addition of the Primus long-term care beds, Drive will now be able to offer a full array of long-term care products.”

As part of the acquisition, two Primus Medical executives will be joining the Drive management team: Mark Shaw, the president and COO of Primus, and Dan Halas, Vice President of Sales for Primus.

Tony Crisitello, Drive’s Senior Vice President of Long-Term Care, will be directing the combined sales and marketing activities of Primus and Drive’s long-term care division in North America.

“This partnership will provide significant opportunities for the Primus customers,” said Shaw. “They will now enjoy the value that comes with an expanded portfolio of products, significant resources, market expertise, and an extensive distribution network throughout North America. We are excited to become part of the Drive family of companies.”

Crisitello adds, “Primus Medical represents an important component of the growth strategy for our long-term care division at Drive Medical. We are excited to have both Mark Shaw and Dan Halas joining our Long-Term Care management team.”

More information is available on the Drive Medical website.