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    Default New Nest for the Eagles & Condors !

    American LaFrance expects to be going public with an announcement of site selection and architect choice for a brand new 350,000-square-foot manufacturing plant near Charleston, S.C.

    ALF has a lease from Freightliner on its present facility into mid-2007, but CEO John Stevenson expects to move into the new plant long before that. Three different sites are under consideration as this is written and the new ALF owner, Lynn Tilton, head of Patriarch Partners, Llc. investment firm, has given the go-ahead for the project.

    Stevenson, whose background with Freightliner was in chassis and vehicle manufacturing, will play a key role in the design and layout. He’s enthusiastic — as are all the employees at the ALF headquarters — that the company found good potential locations within a 20-mile radius of the present plant.

    This means the skilled workforce won’t have to relocate and moving to a new plant should not interrupt fire apparatus production as happened when Freightliner moved operations to South Carolina three years ago.

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    American LaFrance Announces New Charleston Area Location(5/24/2006)

    North Charleston, SC – American LaFrance, LLC announced today that it has
    selected the site for its new corporate headquarters and state-of-the-art emergency and vocational vehicle assembly plant. The Company plans to lease approximately 45 acres adjacent to the Charleston Southern University campus at U.S. Highway 78 just off I-26 in North Charleston from a design-build developer. Comprised of affiliates of Clayco Realty Group, Inc., Venture One Properties, LLC, Landmark Enterprises, Inc., and First Commercial Investments, LLC, the developer will oversee design and construction of the project for the Company. The Company, the University, and the developer are in the process of finalizing the site and development arrangements. Construction is projected to begin in the near future for completion in the second quarter of 2007.

    The Company’s new, $35 million complex will include a 57,500-square-foot headquarters and 420,000-square-foot assembly plant. American LaFrance plans to begin a phased occupancy beginning in April 2007. In addition to its current 430 person employment base in Charleston County, the Company expects to create at least 200 new jobs as it expands its refuse and vocational vehicle line and other products.

    “We are very excited about our new location and facilities. It is a relationship that brings together the very best of business, education and community. It creates an environment that fosters continuing educational growth, leading edge business practices, and career enhancing work programs that will lead to jobs and careers right here in our own community,” said John Stevenson, President and CEO of American LaFrance, LLC.

    “Having a manufacturing company adjacent to a university campus is very unique in today’s business world,” Stevenson continued. “This is the type of partnership that is needed to keep American companies competitive and to secure jobs for our children. We are honored that Charleston Southern University has chosen to partner with us in this program. Their educational program focuses on five life preparation concepts: values and ethics, communication, leadership, service, and wellness. In fact, these are also the same principles that are the backbone of the fire and EMS community. These common beliefs will form a foundation of understanding that will allow American LaFrance to excel in meeting the needs of our customers.”

    Charleston Southern University President, Dr. Jairy C. Hunter, Jr., sees value in the opportunities for students this American LaFrance deal will provide, and believes it will lead to the creation of new programs. “Revenue the University will receive from leasing and developing our excess property will be used for student scholarships and other University priorities,” Hunter said.

    “The scholarships, internships and job opportunities this venture provides to our students is the most exciting element of this agreement,” Hunter said. “American LaFrance’s presence on campus will directly benefit our students, and our students are our most important investment.”

    “This is a fantastic opportunity for Charleston Southern University,” said Bob Edwards, chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees. “American LaFrance is a nationally regarded, top quality emergency vehicle manufacturer. We are extremely pleased they have chosen to relocate their world-class operation to Charleston Southern University’s business park.”

    “Undoubtedly, this is a win-win situation for American LaFrance and for Charleston Southern,” said Ken Evans, chairman of the Board of Directors for the Charleston Interstate Development Corporation (CIDCOR), which is overseeing the development of the University's Medical/Business Park. “This exciting endeavor will link a leading manufacturer with an innovative, thriving university campus, in a mutually beneficial, highly efficient long term relationship.”

    The design and architecture of the new complex will reflect the rich heritage of American LaFrance. The complex will feature a state-of-the-art, custom fire products fabrication and assembly plant, a store for American LaFrance memorabilia, a vehicle test track, a pump test pit, a research and development center and a modification and refurbishing center. The headquarters building will include a customer showroom with four large bays, multiple conference rooms, offices and a lounge. Additionally, several vintage American LaFrance fire trucks will be kept on display and utilized for public events.

    “This will prove to be both an exciting and epic moment in the vast history of American LaFrance”, said Lynn Tilton, Principal, CEO and Founder of Patriarch Partners, LLC, a New York investment firm that through affiliated funds acquired American LaFrance in December 2005. “We are honored to continue our heritage in South Carolina and the City of North Charleston.

    “This announcement reflects our company’s commitment and dedication to the support of fire, rescue and EMS communities nationwide. This facility is yet another step forward by American LaFrance to seize its rightful place as a true leader in the fire, rescue and EMS industry and to promote significant growth and expansion with its vocational products.”

    Stevenson noted that the project came together only with the support of state and local officials. “We are very grateful to both the state and local community for their help in expediting and facilitating the site selection process,” he said. “American LaFrance is also very happy to continue our relationship with the City of North Charleston and Charleston County. The relationship with the city and county and the commitment to protect the jobs of local employees of American LaFrance were key factors in the decision to keep the company in North Charleston.”

    Bill McCall, chairman of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, welcomed the news that American LaFrance will remain in the Charleston region. “Since coming to our community in 2002, American LaFrance has provided a broad range of employment opportunities for area residents, from management and office occupations to vehicle assembly positions. The Company is also a significant player in the region’s growing automotive sector. We are thrilled American LaFrance has decided to stay and expand its
    presence here.”

    "Our hearty congratulations to American LaFrance and the Patriarch Partner organization on their decision to construct their new manufacturing complex and corporate headquarters in Charleston County!" said Leon E. Stavrinakis, Chairman of Charleston County Council. "We have enjoyed our government/ business partnership with American LaFrance since 2002, and any time an existing county-based company makes a new investment of this magnitude and commits to significant job growth within our borders, we take it as the highest vote of confidence in the county's business climate. American LaFrance has discovered ‘the Charleston difference’ and we believe the company will continue to grow and thrive in its new facility."

    “North Charleston is extremely pleased that American LaFrance has chosen to remain a member of our growing business community,” said North Charleston Mayor, Keith Summey.” This Company not only provides our residents with exceptional career opportunities, it is also a stellar corporate citizen. The Company’s commitment to our region is becoming even more apparent with the opening of a new museum housing the American LaFrance vintage fire truck collection later this year. We are proud of our ongoing relationship, and stand by to assist the Company in any way we can.” In its efforts to attract and expand business investment in the Charleston region, the Alliance works with numerous economic development allies. The State of South Carolina is an especially important partner and today’s announcement was heralded by state officials.

    “South Carolina continues to be a leading choice for global companies looking to grow their business,” said Governor Mark Sanford. “Our administration’s efforts to improve the state’s business climate have resulted in American LaFrance’s renewed commitment to remaining an active part of South Carolina’s business community.”

    “The creation of 200 new jobs in our thriving automotive and transportation sector is great news for our state,” said Secretary of Commerce Joe Taylor. “We wish American LaFrance continued success in their new headquarters and manufacturing plant and thank them for their confidence in South Carolina’s many benefits as a prime location to do business.”
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    the Company expects to create at least 200 new jobs as it expands its refuse and vocational vehicle line and other products.
    Hey now, lots of people don't like ALF trucks, but to call them garbage trucks...
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    And I heard people saying LaFrance was closing....Posh!!!!
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    Vehicle maker heads to Jedburg
    American LaFrance deal for plant at CSU unravels

    BY WARREN WISE AND JOHN P. MCDERMOTT

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    Emergency vehicle manufacturer American LaFrance is expected to announce as early as today that it will build its $35 million assembly plant in Berkeley County near Jedburg and not on the Charleston Southern University campus as originally planned, North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said.

    "The big issue for us was saving the jobs for the area," Summey said. "It would have been a greater win if it was in North Charleston, but that's not the issue. We kept the jobs in the area."

    Summey said financing fell apart for the complicated deal, which called for CSU to lease about 45 acres on its campus to the North Charleston-based company through intermediaries.

    CSU President Jairy Hunter referred all questions to American LaFrance.

    Company spokeswoman Karen Haun, who said Friday negotiations with CSU were continuing, declined to comment Tuesday.

    The time already spent on the shelved deal puts American LaFrance, which makes fire trucks and other vehicles, under an even tighter deadline. The company must move its 420 workers from its existing plant off Ladson Road by July 2007 because DaimlerChrysler AG, which owns the building, plans to use it to assemble commercial vans.

    Two sites, both along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 26, have emerged as the top candidates.

    One is just northwest of Summerville, on a property that DaimlerChrysler passed over for an assembly plant a few years ago. The tract is controlled by Dallas-based Hillwood, a firm owned by Texas real estate investor Ross Perot Jr. Hillwood spokesman David Pelletier said the company does not comment on deals until they are finalized and "our customer allows us to talk."

    The other potential site is near the Piggly Wiggly distribution center, closer to Jedburg Road. Josh Johnson, a spokesman for the land owner, Spartanburg-based Johnson Development Associates, declined to comment Tuesday.

    To much fanfare, American LaFrance announced plans in May to build a 420,000-square-foot assembly plant, a corporate headquarters and a vehicle test track on the CSU campus at I-26 and Highway 78. The deal would have kept the jobs and tax base it generated in North Charleston and Charleston County.

    Summey said American LaFrance's decision to relocate outside his city's boundaries does not affect the company's agreement to provide a fleet of antique fire trucks for the $6.2 million museum North Charleston is building at the Centre Pointe development near the airport.

    "They have said they will honor the agreement," Summey said.

    It's unclear exactly when the CSU deal began to unravel. Less than a month ago, the company applied for permits to fill a small amount of wetlands on the campus property, according to a document filed with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

    Over the last two weeks, speculation began to spread within the local real estate industry that the deal was coming unhinged, primarily over the difficulties and risks of financing such an expensive project on leased land.

    Lynn Tilton, chief executive of American LaFrance owner Patriarch Partners LLC, said in a brief electronic message that she was in a legal deposition Tuesday in New York but otherwise offered no comment. She did not respond to The Post and Courier's follow-up requests for comment.

    Patriarch had been working with four private real estate firms that were to lease the land from CSU, build the plant and bring American LaFrance in as their long-term tenant.

    The development group included affiliates of St. Louis-based Clayco Realty Group Inc. and Chicago-based Venture One Properties. Their local partners were Gene Blanton of Landmark Enterprises Inc. and David M. Kirby of First Commercial Investments.

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    American LaFrance Changes Headquarters’ Site; Remains in Charleston Tri-County Area

    Berkeley County site chosen for corporate headquarters and state-of-the-art assembly plant

    Ladson, SC (August 16, 2006) - American LaFrance, LLC announced today that its new corporate headquarters and state-of-the-art emergency and vocational vehicle assembly plant will be built along Interstate 26 in Berkeley County, between Summerville and Jedburg.

    Previous plans to relocate on property adjacent to the Charleston Southern University campus in North Charleston were revised when the company and the site’s design-build developer were unable to finalize the deal in a time frame that would permit timely completion of the new plant. The delays made it necessary for the company to seek a new location in the Charleston Tri-County area.

    “Because of our imminent move in 2007 from the existing facility to accommodate DaimlerChrysler’s expansion in Palmetto Commerce Park, it was critical that we finalize our site arrangements,” said John Stevenson, President and CEO of American LaFrance, LLC.

    American LaFrance has entered into an agreement with Spartanburg-based Johnson Development Associates, Inc. which will build and lease the new headquarters and state-of-the-art assembly plant. “We are very pleased that this easily accessible site will make it possible to move forward with our plan to build a premier facility in the Tri-County area,” Stevenson said.

    “We are very excited and thankful that American LaFrance was able to find a site in Berkeley County that could accommodate the company's schedule. It is very important that we keep American LaFrance in the region. We really appreciate the work that Johnson Development is doing to keep them here,” said Jim Rozier, Berkeley County Supervisor.

    The company and Charleston Southern University expect to continue to work together through scholarships funded by the company, internships, job opportunities and the potential creation of other new programs with the University. “We look forward to furthering our relationship with the University as we explore ways to blend academia and industry,” Stevenson said.

    “We are grateful to Mayor Summey for his support throughout this process, and to Berkeley and Charleston County for the assistance they have provided under tremendous time constraints. We look forward to celebrating the grand opening this fall of the new North Charleston - American LaFrance Fire Museum and Educational Center that will display the American LaFrance vintage fire truck collection. The museum is a testament to Mayor Summey’s efforts and appreciation for our company’s great history. We look forward to sharing the heritage of American LaFrance with the citizens of the State and its many visitors,” Stevenson said.
    Disclaimer: I work for American LaFrance, LLC.
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    They started standing the walls up on the new ALF Corp Office on Friday. See pics at the link below.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/retjaxff/NewALFPlant

    I'll update as it moves along.
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    Thanks for sharing the updated photos.

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    I love the old fire house look!!

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    http://picasaweb.google.com/retjaxff/NewALFPlant

    On the way back from St Augustine, FL I stopped and shot some new pics of the new ALF Corp office, and plant. See the link above.

    One of the shots is of the Piggly Wiggly warehous where the "pig cam" is located. Another shot is from inside the Corp office building where if you come here to inspect your new apparatus you'll one day be standing in the
    "pits" looking at the underside of the apparatus.

    Enjoy! I'll update as the project moves along. I understane they are supposed to start standing up the manufacturing plant walls real soon.
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    Default News Article Update on New ALF Plant & Corp Office

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    I hope they put a huge silver Eagle right on top of that tower, with a broke down Pierce fire truck clutched in its talons!

    YEEEEEEEEEE HAAAAAAAAAAAA

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    Quote Originally Posted by canuck1 View Post
    I hope they put a huge silver Eagle right on top of that tower, with a broke down Pierce fire truck clutched in its talons!

    YEEEEEEEEEE HAAAAAAAAAAAA
    Why use a Pierce when they have so many broken down ALF trucks they can use?

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    The building does looks like it will be pretty neat though!

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    retjax whats the chances of getting grand tour, we will be in the smokey mountains, late summer. Would love to able to see new factory, plus museum, we are also looking forward to upgrading ALF/LTI facility. looks like pretty full plate for all of us in near future. Keep me /us informed with updated progress. stay safe

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    Quote Originally Posted by xhausted View Post
    retjax whats the chances of getting grand tour, we will be in the smokey mountains, late summer. Would love to able to see new factory, plus museum, we are also looking forward to upgrading ALF/LTI facility. looks like pretty full plate for all of us in near future. Keep me /us informed with updated progress. stay safe
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    Not exactly what the tour policy is going to be in the new place. Unless they don't allow it or I'm in Florida visiting my wife I'd say the chances are pretty good. I'll check tomorrow and see what the "tour guidelines" are going to be in the new place. I'll let ya know.
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