Always makes sense: Buy a new division ( snozzle), and get an exclusive right to another ( Bronto) then lay off workers...
Just for giggles, I'll blame it on all the Pierce haters for driving away customers, lol:D
Pierce is losing a lot of business to Crimson, Ferrara, and Rosenbauer.
You mean SOMEBODY is listening?
How do you detox from kool-aide???
You do realize that this layoff is miniscule, right?
So is Pierce going to claim they invented the lay off?
Sure Pierce Mfg. builds a good truck, but they are over priced compared to other builders. Why pay $ 600k for a pumper when it could be built with the same specs for $500K from a smaller company. With todays economy hitting rock bottom, fire departments, and cities can not afford to spend extra for a apparatus just for a "brand name" !
2. As you break out into a cold sweat, a set of generic truck specifications (not written around Piece) is blotted against your skin, and rubbed vigorously into your head, so that you absorb the generic specs by osmosis.....
3. Now, as you writhe in pain and discomfort, your jaw is forced open and water from the tank of the non-paraded-out, non-chromed, non bells-and-whistles and basic "working man's truck is poured into your mouth, and you are forced to swallow it.
Once you have completed this basic detox, you attend the 12-step program.
Sad see the layoff. Are the layoffs on the production line or management that was not needed anymore in the Snorkle and Bronto companies?
Last trip up to Appleton, the yard was near empty. They were still cranking out what they had going, but production levels, I am sure for most companies, was down.
Hope the best for all of those people and their families from all MFGs feeling the heavy burden of a slow industry.
I feel it's just a matter of time with this economy that all the manufactures big and small are feeling the hurt with layoffs or shortened work weeks. Hopefully it will all turn around around for everybody.
Has anyone had a truck on order recently where the delivery was delayed due to layoffs or shortened work weeks?
The one silver lining I see , is we may see more (types of )"plain jane" type engines being offered.
Nowadays with the economy in the toilet , it's going to few and far between that you see all the overpriced parade dressing put on a truck. The added cost can be over 50 thousand dollars for niceties that don't make a truck fight fire any better,& require a lot of extra work to keep shiny.
Full disclosure for the playground "Kool Aid" name callers: I work for a competitor of Pierce. Get that through your heads.
By the way, every time you Pierce bashers get rabid you are insulting the people who are buying them. As a general rule I have found that insulting people, rather than reasoned discourse, only alienates people.
That would explain why this forum used to be a good place to find information and now is a pit of whiners and bashers. Eventually the people that actually have something to contribute leave and we are left with the whiners.