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Colonial Fire Apparatus Opens Pennsylvania Office

Colonial Fire Apparatus, a western Pennsylvania distributor for Smeal Fire Apparatus, of Snyder (NE) has opened a regional office servicing 33 counties in western Pennsylvania in the Juniata College Sill Business Incubator in Huntingdon.

There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the business at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 14 at the JCEL site, with an open house to follow at Colonial Fire’s office until 2 p.m.

“Huntingdon County is centrally located for the area we cover and JCEL offers services for our business, such as conference room capability,” says David Grace, sales manager for the business and a resident of Three Springs, Pa. in Huntingdon County.

Colonial Fire Apparatus will provide sales and product support for fully designed and outfitted fire apparatus manufactured by Smeal Fire Apparatus, a nationally known fire apparatus manufacturer since 1964. Grace, who has been chief of Three Springs Fire Department since 1993, will have a customer base of about 1,300 fire departments or municipalities within the distributorship.

“We are extremely happy to be home to Colonial Fire Apparatus,” says Terry Anderson assistant professor of entrepreneurship and director of JCEL. “We recognize the importance of locating in the right space, particularly at startup, and we’re looking forward to working with Dave to help him grow the business.”

Smeal Fire Apparatus offers a wide variety of customized fire apparatus, from a basic commercial “pumper,” that costs approximately $275,000, to a tractor-driven aerial or platform that can exceed $1.1 million.

For more information, view www.juniata.edu