Fire Department, Pumpers, Tankers

Pierce Opens Apparatus Manufacturing Expansion

Issue 7 and Volume 11.

Pierce Manufacturing, a leading fire and rescue apparatus manufacturer, recently opened its new manufacturing expansion in Grand Chute, Wis.

 Congressman Mark Green and Wisconsin State Representative John Gard spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by local officials, Pierce and Oshkosh Truck Corporation employees, and suppliers.

The expansion was spurred by strong growth in the fire, rescue and homeland security apparatus industry. The expansion provides Pierce with additional capacity to meet this growing demand, help enhance quality, reduce lead times for customers, and streamline manufacturing processes in line with the company’s “lean” manufacturing initiative, according to Pierce management.

“Our customers’ confidence in Pierce’s premium-quality apparatus has given us the confidence to move forward with this major expansion,” said John Randjelovic, president of Pierce. “…The facility is up and running, continuing to meet our customers needs. We look forward to a very productive future, and to continue to provide our customers across North America and the world with the finest fire and rescue vehicles.”

In May 2005, Pierce Manufacturing received approval from the Oshkosh Truck Corporation Board of Directors to begin working on the $18.5 million expansion.

Pierce increased its square footage in the McCarthy Road facility by 125,000 square feet, with a new footprint of 265,000 square feet of manufacturing space. Construction began in July 2005, and Pierce began moving manufacturing lines into the facility in December.

Production started in January without any interruption to the schedule.

“No one else in the industry is making this type of investment, this type of commitment to building more and better equipment,” said Robert Bohn, chairman, president and CEO of Oshkosh Truck Corporation, who also spoke at the ceremony. “It’s a really fine example of the growth Pierce has built during the 10 years it has been a part of Oshkosh Truck Corporation.”

Pierce is a leading North American manufacturer of custom fire apparatus, manufacturing custom and commercial pumpers, aerials, rescues trucks, wildland trucks, mini pumpers, elliptical tankers, and homeland security apparatus.

For information call 920-832-3231 or go to www.piercemfg.com.