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GEARGRID, specialists in wire forming and fabrication of custom retail POP display and OEM components, as well as its propriety line of GearGrid gear-storage systems for fire and rescue, athletic and equine markets, has received the 2012 Governor’s International Trade Award from Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Trade Office. The company is based in Forest Lake.
One of 10 recipients honored with this year’s award, GearGrid was recognized for showing exceptional progress and success in its export initiatives. The award was presented as part of the 27th Annual International Trade Awards and Export Initiative, developed to spotlight the positive effect that exports and trade have on the state’s economy. GearGrid Director of Sales and Marketing Bob Foht accepted on behalf of the company.
“Minnesota’s global footprint continues to expand, and we’re honored to have our accomplishments recognized,” said GearGrid CEO Don DeMorett. “The GearGrid story is a true public-private collaboration success story, as we couldn't have come this far without the great people and resources at the Minnesota Trade Office. We're grateful for that support and recommend it highly to any firm considering export markets.”
Founded as a contract manufacturing firm, GearGrid originally focused exclusively on designing and building custom retail displays and wire forms for retail and OEM markets. In 1997, the company began the development of its proprietary, specialized systems for fire and rescue PPE storage and other equipment and apparatus storage and transport systems.
ROSENBAUER AMERICA has appointed Horrocks Fire & Rescue Apparatus of Collegeville, PA, as its eastern Pennsylvania authorized sales and service dealer. For more than 45 years, Horrocks Fire & Rescue Apparatus has been family owned and operated, providing sales and service of fire and rescue apparatus.
“Our sales team has been finding solutions for our customers’ apparatus needs for over four decades,” the company’s president, Brian Horrocks, said. “In partnering with Rosenbauer, we can expand our product offering to have a fit in every community in eastern Pennsylvania. Rosenbauer’s experience and understanding of this diverse market allows for a mutual commitment to superior customer service and providing first-class emergency vehicles.”
METAL SHARK BOATS has named Tom Koch as Northeast regional sales representative, focusing on fire-rescue, law enforcement and commercial markets.
“We are very pleased to have Tom joining our team,” said Dean Jones, national sales manager. “His outstanding technical background and experience in the marine industry make him a quality-driven sales engineer who I am confident will contribute significantly to Metal Sharks’ continued growth in North America.”
PIERCE MANUFACTURING has received an order for three Pierce Ultimate Configuration (PUC) pumpers and one air/rehabilitation vehicle from the Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View (SBM) Fire Department in Minnesota. The new front-line pumpers are built on Pierce Saber custom chassis and will be placed into service this summer.
“We didn’t believe our budget would allow for custom vehicles, so we initially looked at commercial chassis with rear-mounted pumps,” said Lt. Dan Anderson, chair of the truck committee at SBM Fire Department. “Through the specifications and purchase process, we came to realize that the Pierce PUC design not only fit within our budget, but enabled us to decrease the overall vehicle length – without sacrificing storage space or room inside the cab.”
“This purchase, from a progressive and highly regarded fire department in Minnesota, is an excellent case study on how the PUC design offers significant advantages for fire departments and the communities they serve,” said Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corp. executive vice president and president, Fire & Emergency.