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    Default Stick a fork in ALF

    I can't believe they actually pay me to do this!!!

    One friend noted yesterday that a fire officer only carries a flashlight, sometimes prompting grumbling from firefighters who have to lug tools and hoses.
    "The old saying is you never know how heavy that flashlight can become," the friend said.
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    It's sad to see that legendary nameplate disappear (again), but from what I've heard the modern ALF's were no credit to the name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EastKyFF View Post
    It's sad to see that legendary nameplate disappear (again), but from what I've heard the modern ALF's were no credit to the name.
    Too bad for the employees who still need to pay bills and put food on the table. Those whom we met buying our tower in 2006 were a great bunch of working class people that were dealt numerous blows from corporate decisions. The other part that stinks is losing a larger player (for what they were or might have been) hurts the overall buyers market, less choice means less competition, less competetion most often leads to higher pricing.

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    The three TDA's they just built for Philly were probably the last thing they built in Ephrata. Spartan ERV may buy or lease the rest of the buildings up there and end up with the whole complex like it used to be in the old LTI days. I know Spartan needs need more building space.

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    Statement from ALF: http://sconfire.com/?p=2707

    They confirmed it is a permanent shut down.

    The only part of ALF that is worth anything is LTI. Patriarch will probably sell the name and designs to recoup a little bit of money. This would be an opportunity for a builder like Ferrara to build their own ladders.
    I can't believe they actually pay me to do this!!!

    One friend noted yesterday that a fire officer only carries a flashlight, sometimes prompting grumbling from firefighters who have to lug tools and hoses.
    "The old saying is you never know how heavy that flashlight can become," the friend said.
    -from a tragic story posted on firefighterclosecalls.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFDACM02 View Post
    Too bad for the employees who still need to pay bills and put food on the table. Those whom we met buying our tower in 2006 were a great bunch of working class people that were dealt numerous blows from corporate decisions.
    Ain't that how it always goes? Morons at the corporate level muck it up for good, skilled people who are doing the real work.
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    ALF has been DEAD for over a decade now. They just finally pulled the life support plug.

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    Freightliner started the death march and Patriarch Partners finished it. Like others have said it is always the poor working man and woman on the line that pay the price for corporate greed and incompetence. Pathetic end to a proud name in the fire apparatus business.

    Early in my career I rode on a 900 Series ALF. It was a solid built dependable engine and I was sad to see it go.
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    It is sad to see any fire apparatus builder close there doors, I would hope that there are some replacement parts available for the next ten years, for fire departments owning a LTI aerial apparatus. I wish the ex employees the best of luck finding work !
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    Started my career on ALF's, bit of course, that was a very different animal back then.

    The fine tradition of ALF died 35 years ago.

    Maybe something better will rise from the ashes if they sell the name.
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    Is ALF still operating or is the building dark? I see their website is still up.

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    it no longer exists.

    they probably paid a year fee for the webhost.

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