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    Default Smeal acquires LTI

    Just read the press release on Facebook that Smeal as acquired the LTI assets. These also include Tele Squirt, TDA etc. For those that like the Command Fire Apparatus Sales on Facebook, they have a link to the press release.

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    Maybe to keep someone else from buying it. Be interesting to see how they market two different aerial products. Smeal is a great truck, provided you have reliable service nearby.
    And that goes for all manufacturers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctxffman View Post
    Maybe to keep someone else from buying it. Be interesting to see how they market two different aerial products.
    That was my initial impression also.

    LTI was the best asset that ALF had so I figured it would get snatched up. I thought Ferrara would be the highest bidder since they are the biggest manufacturer not to make their own ladders. However, Smeal supplies Ferrara with ladders so it does make sense that Smeal would aquire LTI to ensure their 3rd party contracts remain in place.

    It does make me wonder if Smeal does intend to bring some of the LTI product back or if they aquired it to keep it off of the market.
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    http://www.fireapparatusmagazine.com...ratus.htmlmeal is spending the money. Just acquired U.S. Tanker.

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    Will Smeal, also get the ALF products like the Eagle chassis ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodbridge View Post
    Will Smeal, also get the ALF products like the Eagle chassis ?
    It appears they only bought the LTI product line, so I'd doubt they get anything more of ALF. It would appear they don't need to, unless they were just trying to buy it up to freeze out the competitors. The LTI line has a long and strong history that would seem to offer a stronger line-up to their aerial product line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFDACM02 View Post
    It appears they only bought the LTI product line, so I'd doubt they get anything more of ALF. It would appear they don't need to, unless they were just trying to buy it up to freeze out the competitors. The LTI line has a long and strong history that would seem to offer a stronger line-up to their aerial product line.
    Gotta wonder if TC would have a comment on this.

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    I'm guessing the thought of a LTI aerial on a Spartan Chassis will excite some folks. And even a LTI aerial on a Ferrara chassis.???

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    Or an LTI aerial on a Smeal S450 or S600 chassis?
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    Quote Originally Posted by IronsMan53 View Post
    That was my initial impression also.

    LTI was the best asset that ALF had so I figured it would get snatched up. I thought Ferrara would be the highest bidder since they are the biggest manufacturer not to make their own ladders. However, Smeal supplies Ferrara with ladders so it does make sense that Smeal would aquire LTI to ensure their 3rd party contracts remain in place.

    It does make me wonder if Smeal does intend to bring some of the LTI product back or if they aquired it to keep it off of the market.
    I spoke with a factory rep that was in town the other day. He told me they bought both LTI and Snorkel - lock, stock, and barrel. They own all the copyrights, have all the plans, all, the jigs, and all the materials, and whatever they had in the buildings.

    He said they already have telesqurts being put back into production and plan on doing the same with snorkels and the LTI ladders.

    He did not at all give the impression that any part of the acquisition was to just sit on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MemphisE34a View Post
    I spoke with a factory rep that was in town the other day. He told me they bought both LTI and Snorkel - lock, stock, and barrel. They own all the copyrights, have all the plans, all, the jigs, and all the materials, and whatever they had in the buildings.

    He said they already have telesqurts being put back into production and plan on doing the same with snorkels and the LTI ladders.

    He did not at all give the impression that any part of the acquisition was to just sit on it.
    Wonder what they'll do with Phila.'s tiller that's supposedly sitting in LTI's building in Ephrata, Pa. And on the subject of LTI's facility in Ephrata, do they plan to use it, or move everything to Nebraska?

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    I suspect they will use it as is, it would cost a fortune to move everything.

    I should be speaking with someone at the factory tomorrow. I'll see if I can work it into the conversation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MemphisE34a View Post
    I suspect they will use it as is, it would cost a fortune to move everything.

    I should be speaking with someone at the factory tomorrow. I'll see if I can work it into the conversation.
    Not to mention some really experienced and talented people, minus the ones who moved next door.

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    Well if I must say if Smeal is serious about making the LTI product line they need to get out of the facility at 68, Cocalico creek rd. that facility is to small and every one was working on top of each other and it is not safe for the workers. To be honest with you i always thought being beside Crimson fire is nuts. As a former American La France employee the LTI product line needs some help the design is out of Date and the tooling is worn out and needs up grades plus all the good employees/ skilled workers left the company back when ALF had it. This company could be a gold mine if it got in the right hands and you get the right people in the doors and treat them like people not just a number like ALF Did. Not to mention what they did to their customers. It will take blood sweat and tears to make it a go and to get back the customers that they lost over the years. We will see in time what Smeal has up their sleeve.

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