Industry News 2/13

PIERCE MANUFACTURING celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2013. The company is kicking off its yearlong commemoration by launching a website section located at The site features an interactive historical timeline, a centennial video, a photo contest, limited-edition merchandise and events.

The 100th-anniversary website, along with social media posts, will provide information about the company and centennial events, including an open house at its headquarters in Appleton, WI, July 13.

“It is significant that only a small fraction of companies from any industry achieve the 100-year milestone,” said Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corp. executive vice president and president of the Fire & Emergency segment and Pierce Manufacturing. “On behalf of Pierce employees, and all those who preceded us, we pledge an unwavering level of commitment to firefighters, and boldness in our thinking, as we look ahead to the next one hundred years.”


R•O•M CORP. has acquired FIRE RESEARCH CORP., which becomes a subsidiary of R•O•M and maintains its presence in Nes-conset, NY. FRC founder Jack McLoughlin and partners Toh Meng and Neocles Athanasiades will stay in their roles at FRC and Meng becomes president of R•O•M’s Electrical Component Division.

“With this acquisition, R•O•M becomes the largest supplier of emergency scene lighting, pressure governors and flow meters,” R•O•M CEO Jeff Hupke said. “When combined with R•O•M’s strengths in roll-up doors and safety grating, we continue proving true to our mission to improve firefighter safety and productivity.”

McLoughlin said, “For FRC customers, it’s business as usual. Same location, same processes, same contacts. We’re continuing our pursuit of innovation and great service.”