Record level fire truck chassis sales helped propel Spartan Motors to its best-ever third quarter sales and earnings for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2006, marked by a 50.7 percent net earnings increase and a 21.9 percents net sales increase.
Last issue I covered aerial builders, including reviews of Smeal, American LaFrance and KME. This issue I will cover three builders of aluminum ladders and towers.
At the end of each year Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment magazine recognizes companies that have introduced new products that we believe will make a significant impact on the fire service in years ahead.
With all the fanfare of a 1950s new auto unveiling in Detroit, Pierce Manufacturing showed its two newest cabs and chassis, the Velocity and the Impel, in Dallas, Texas, at the Fire Rescue International show.
Hummer, a division of General Motors, introduced at Fire Rescue International exhibition in Dallas, a specially-equipped H3 model for first responders and command vehicles.
Last month we recommended that "anyone contemplating a new apparatus purchase within the next couple of years might find it worthwhile to drop by the Pierce exhibit" at the International Association of Fire Chiefs annual convention and trade show being held in Dallas.
This month's topic is aerial ladders.
Spartan Chassis, a Spartan Motors subsidiary, received Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2007 certification to install Detroit Diesel Series 60 engines in its cabs and chassis.
This month most of the industry will be well represented at the International Association of Fire Chiefs' annual conference and trade show, Fire Rescue International (FRI), set for Dallas, Texas.
Pierce Manufacturing has been awarded a contract with the U.S. Army to produce four 2,500-gallon tanker/tenders built on Oshkosh heavy tactical trucks.