Industry News 6/13

PIERCE MANUFACTURING INC., has launched Support for the Long Haul, a nationwide campaign to benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). The program will help the NFFF assist the families of firefighters who die in the line of duty.

“Since forming a partnership with the NFFF, we’ve raised more than $275,000 to support the families and loved ones of firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corp. executive vice president and president Fire & Emergency. “An important facet of Pierce’s mission is to give back to the fire service and the NFFF, and programs like Support for the Long Haul help lead the way.”

Through Oct. 1, 2013, participants can visit to make a donation to the NFFF. When they do, they will automatically be entered in the Support for the Long Haul sweepstakes for the chance to win a firefighter-inspired, customized Ford F-150 4x4 SuperCrew pickup truck. The sweepstakes winner will be announced in November. No purchase is necessary to enter the sweepstakes. Complete rules for entering and for eligibility are available at


STREAMLIGHT INC. has donated $25,000 to the NFFF, including $15,000 in proceeds from sales of the Red Nano Light. Streamlight earmarks $1 from the sale of each Red Nano Light to the NFFF. The company also contributed an additional $10,000 for renewal of its “Bronze Helmet” NFFF sponsorship. Both donations will assist the non-profit organization in commemorating the lives of firefighters who have died in the line of duty, and supporting their families and co-workers.

“Every day, firefighters risk their lives to do their jobs,” said Streamlight President and CEO Ray Sharrah. “Streamlight is honored and humbled to support the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s programs, which celebrate the lives of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and assist their families and surviving colleagues.”


E-ONE and Arizona dealer H&E have announced H&E’s expansion into Colorado and Wyoming.

“We’re very excited about the new territory and H&E’s continued commitment to the fire service,” said Chris Brogus, H&E general manager for Colorado. “H&E is making a significant investment in the fire service division, this is evident by our recruitment of Jason Byrne for both his fire service and E-ONE sales background, our vast stock of E-ONE parts, the purchase of mobile pump testing equipment, and two dedicated sales and service facilities, one in Denver and one in Colorado Springs.”

While H&E is a large, national organization with 74 locations nation wide and 12,000 employees, both Brogus and Byrne said the company prides itself on providing a local, intimate, customer-centric experience.

“H&E is a large national organization, but operates on a local scale with emphasis on providing a local experience for customers,” said Brogus. “H&E’s size affords us access to great resources from both a personnel and equipment standpoint. But we have developed and are continuing to develop a team dedicated to the unique demands of the first responder industry.”

Sam Itani, E-ONE vice president of global sales, said, “H&E is known for offering top-quality equipment brands and personalized customer service in the specialty vehicle market. Their expansion of the E-ONE line into Colorado and Wyoming is a move we’re excited about because H&E represents all the characteristics of a successful dealership and will continue to put our customers first. In two years, H&E has progressed by leaps and bounds in Arizona and we look forward to assisting with their new venture in Colorado and Wyoming.”


INVISTA has acquired Ashburn Hill Corp., associated intellectual property (including the TECGEN brands) and a manufacturing operation in Texas.

“INVISTA has an aggressive growth strategy that includes identifying new business opportunities to allow us to continue building a product portfolio that delivers value to customers,” said Jeff Brown, executive vice president, INVISTA Performance Materials. “The TECGEN flame-resistant brands have quickly gained trust in the marketplace, and by coupling that expertise with INVISTA’s existing global workwear capabilities, we have high expectations for the specialized garment segment.”

The acquisition includes two flame-resistant brands: TECGEN Select clothing developed for manufacturing, transportation, mining, oil and gas, and energy utility operations; and TECGEN Xtreme, NFPA/UL-certified, lightweight apparel that repels moisture and designed for firefighters for wildland and technical rescue applications. The brands will fall under INVISTA’s existing Performance Materials business segment, which includes the CORDURA fabric brand.


KME and dealer Cascade Fire and Safety have been awarded a five-year contract for multiple pumpers by the City of Vancouver, WA.

Winkler, Vancouver’s emergency equipment supervisor, said, “We were very impressed with the KME facility, and the workmanship and quality of their products. We are happy to partner with KME and Cascade Fire and Safety on the apparatus contract.”

The first pumper will be a KME Predator with seating for six, external EMS cab compartment access, 450-hp engine and dual secondary braking with a transmission retarder. The pumpers include a 1,250-gpm pump and 500 gallons of water.

Also, KME and Tennessee dealer NAFECO have received a contract for a 101-foot, tractor-drawn AerialCat ladder by the City of Nashville Fire Department. The tiller will include a KME Predator MFD cab with seating for six and an EMS compartment. The KME 101-foot ladder includes a pre-piped waterway with a 1,500-gpm rating and a 2.5:1 structural safety factor based on an NFPA 500-pound-rated tip load. The apparatus is scheduled for completion and delivery in the spring of 2014.


R•O•M CORP. has hired Don Fishel as vice president of sales and marketing. Fishel has more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing and industry. Most recently, he was the senior director of sales and marketing strategy for Commercial Vehicle Group Inc.

“Don has a proven track record of driving change and growth. He understands the results we’re looking for and has a great vision of how we can take R•O•M to the next level,” CEO Jeff Hupke said. “His well-rounded background in sales, engineering and marketing are a great fit for ROM and will help us continue to drive year-over-year growth during difficult economic times.”