Acela Truck Company & General Truck Body Announce Strategic Partnership

BELGRADE, MONTANA AND HOUSTON, TEXAS – Acela Truck Company and General Truck Body recently announced a strategic partnership to distribute Acela Monterra extreme-duty truck chassis. The two industry-leading companies are partnering to offer North America’s most capable trucks, expanding Acela Truck Company’s growing distribution footprint and General Truck Body’s growing product offerings, particularly into the high-water/flood rescue, firefighting and pipeline construction markets. General Truck Body will be introducing a highly modified Acela Monterra 6×6 High Water/Flood Rescue Truck at the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC) 2019 trade show April 8-13 in Indianapolis, Indiana, inside the Lucas Oil Stadium, Booth #9249.

“General Truck Body is excited to add the Acela Monterra line of truck chassis to our product offerings”, says Glen Maikranz, President of the Custom Division of General Truck Body. “With flooding events becoming almost commonplace, we felt that offering the Monterra 6×6 High Water Flood Rescue Vehicle as our first-line vehicle would be ideal for our emergency response customer base. With a growing number of agencies, regularly effected by flooding and growing tired of repurposing older, unreliable military trucks, we are seeing a much greater demand for modern, purpose-built flood rescue trucks. We’re thrilled to be able to debut the Monterra 6×6 High Water/Flood Rescue Truck at FDIC. It’s an important show for us to share this incredibly capable and unique vehicle with the First Responder audience.  The Acela Monterra, with its 46-inch tires, all-wheel-drive, 50-inch water fording capability and central tire inflation system has proven to be the perfect solution for flood rescue response and can easily, serve double-duty, as a wildland/brush truck outside of flood/hurricane season. We’re also excited to start launching several lines of brush trucks and pipeline service vehicles on the Monterra chassis”  

“We’re thrilled to have General Truck Body representing our high-mobility Monterra flood rescue trucks and truck chassis lines,” says David Ronsen, President of Acela Truck Company.  “General Truck Body understands the needs of their customers and has a reputation as one of the highest quality truck body solution providers in the U.S.A. By working together, an increasing number of fire departments, municipalities and commercial entities will be able to significantly increase their operational capabilities and productivity with our high-mobility trucks.”  


About Acela Truck Company

Acela Truck Company delivers the most capable class 5-8 high-mobility 4×4 and 6×6 truck chassis in North America. ATC has developed an advanced and proprietary reconditioning and recapitalization process that allows us to provide military-grade trucks to commercial and governmental markets at a fraction of the cost of less capable products.


About General Truck Body

For a century, General Truck Body has built and sustained a fine reputation for providing creative solutions to the transportation and service industries -building the best, most cost effective solutions for commercial use. General Truck Body’s First Responder Division is an extension of General Truck Body Manufacturing Co. We started this division with the concept of building apparatus that is dependable and long-lasting. We also wanted to offer our customers the opportunity to custom build an apparatus that would be “tailor-made” to their specific request, utilization, and geography. The First Responder Division is located in Houston, Texas at our Custom Manufacturing Facility, where we not only build First Responder Apparatus, but also where we are the nation’s foremost leader in manufacturing Custom Mobile Oilfield Technical Command Centers, for the world’s largest Oil Field Service companies. With the level of quality and craftsmanship that General Truck Body uses on all of our mobile equipment, it has allowed this division to branch out and develop products that cater to a multitude of Emergency Response situations such as:  Wildland – Brush Trucks, Emergency Scene – Rehab Units, Multi-Patient Evacuation Vehicles (formally known as AMBUS), and most recently for Flood Rescue – High Water Rescue Evacuation Units. For the last year, General Truck Body has been developing an up-fit package for many different mobile units, which will allow first responders the ability to operate in rescue scenarios in a safer, faster, and more efficient manner. General Truck Body is a certified woman-owned business located in a Federal HUB Zone

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About FDIC

FDIC International offers 34,000+ Fire & Rescue professionals from 65+ countries around the world, quality world-class instructors, classrooms, workshops, hands on training evolutions and the most innovative products and services available to the industry displayed by over 800 exhibiting companies. FDIC International is open to all qualified industry professionals looking for the most comprehensive selection of Fire & Rescue products and services. Visit General Truck Body and Acela High Water Flood/Rescue Truck in Booth #9249. For more information visit


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