Lafayette-based Acadian Ambulance Service, the largest privately held ambulance operator in the country, has expanded its reach in Texas with the acquisition of Humble-based NorthStar EMS. Founded in 1999, Northstar provides emergency and non-emergency transports throughout Harris County and in Dallas. Harris County is located in the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area.

The expansion will add 150 full-time employees, 30 ambulances and 10 wheelchair vans to Acadian’s Texas operations.

Acadian Ambulance, a division of Acadian Cos., which ranks No. 5 on ABiz’s list of Acadiana’s Top 50 Privately Held Companies with $358 million in 2010 revenues, began operating in Texas in 2006 and serves 14 counties in central, south-central and southeast Texas.

Porter Taylor, a 25-year Acadian veteran who most recently was operations manager in Baton Rouge, will serve as vice president of operations for the Dallas area.

Acadian, which also serves Mississippi, has about 3,600 employees and is one of only 122 ambulance services in the U.S. to be nationally accredited.

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