Industry News 9/13

SMEAL FIRE APPARATUS CO. has announced the retirement of Delwin Smeal, company president, effective Sept. 1. He has worked for the company for 47 years, including the past 20 as president. “Del has given his whole adult life to our company and our...


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Before joining Sterling, Crowe was brand manager for Craft Performance Apparel. Prior to that, he was marketing manager at Seven Cycles. He earned MBA and bachelor of arts degrees from Cornell University.

 

KME has entered into a joint venture in Dalian, China. The Joint Venture Company (JV) completed the formal introduction of the KME brand to the Chinese market at China Fire Expo 2013. KME will supply the JV with complete vehicles and partially assembled kits, all of which will be built in its Nesquehoning, PA, facility. The JV is finalizing construction of an assembly facility in the new Dalian Economic Development Production Base in the province of Liaoning, where the JV will finalize the assembly of KME fire apparatus and specialty vehicles designed specifically for the Chinese market. KME has received an initial order of 80 completed pumpers and tankers to be built at its Pennsylvania headquarters for the Chinese fire market.

 

MAXXESS SYSTEMS INC. has appointed Jeff Wood as Northeast regional sales manager, responsible for a 13-state area that includes Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Prior to joining Maxxess, Wood was director of business development at Kratos Defense and Security Solutions where he focused on Strategic Accounts and National Transportation Security projects.

 

PL CUSTOM EMERGENCY VEHICLES and DPC EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT have been awarded a multi-year contract to supply ambulances to Baltimore County, MD, Fire Department EMS. The contract is to provide medium-duty PL Custom Titan ambulances on Freightliner extended-cab M2 chassis. The vehicles will include PL’s “Medic in Mind” right-side layout that provides equipment, supplies, and function switches within arm’s reach, allowing the attendant to remain safely seated during patient care. The layout will be customized to meet Baltimore County’s specific application. Each vehicle will include an enhanced PL centrally ducted climate control system, V-MUX multiplex electrical system, left-side squad bench, Stryker PowerLIFT cot system and other customized features.