October 12, 2009 Appleton, Wis. --Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) Company and North America’s leading fire and rescue apparatus manufacturer, today announced it sold its 300th Pierce Ultimate Configuration (PUC) fire apparatus vehicle. Ordered by the Northeast Fire & Rescue Department of Humble, Tex., located in the greater Houston metro area, the Contender® by Pierce® custom pumper is scheduled for delivery in February 2010.
“Two-thirds of our department’s protection area is located within several northeast Houston subdivisions -- with many narrow streets and cul-de-sacs -- and the Contender PUC gives us excellent maneuverability without having to sacrifice equipment storage space," said Jim Rodgers, Fire Chief, Northeast Fire & Rescue Department in Humble, Tex. "We own one Contender already and are extremely pleased with its performance. This new Contender PUC is a logical choice for us as we look to meet the future needs of our community."
The PUC is an industry-changing multi-purpose response vehicle that is engineered to eliminate the need for a bulky pumphouse. The PUC also features a simplified two-step pump shift operation and redesigned pump panel for easier use. The entire pump system is located above the frame for easier and quicker service and maintenance. With a wheelbase for improved maneuverability (as short as 172-inches), the PUC also provides up to 500 cubic-feet of storage.
"The PUC has achieved a loyal following among a growing number of departments from across the country because of its ability to help them perform more effectively and efficiently," said Wilson Jones, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Fire & Emergency. "Three hundred vehicles sold since its launch in 2007 is a significant milestone, and makes the PUC one of the most successful new product introductions in our company’s history.”
The PUC is available on all Pierce custom chassis in side and top mount configurations, as well as on 75-foot aluminum aerial ladders and custom Contender vehicles.
Pierce Manufacturing Inc., a subsidiary of Oshkosh Truck Corporation [NYSE: OSK], is the leading North American manufacturer of custom fire apparatus. Products include custom and commercial pumpers, aerials, rescue trucks, wildland trucks, minipumpers, elliptical tankers, and homeland security apparatus. In addition, Pierce designs its own foam systems and was the first company to introduce the Side Roll Protection system to fire apparatus. To learn more about Pierce, visit www.piercemfg.com.
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