American LaFrance, LLC Announces Bill Hinz as President and CEO

SUMMERVILLE, SC (October 18, 2007) - Last week, American LaFrance, LLC announced that Bill Hinz has joined Patriarch Partners Management Group as the Managing Director, Platform Leader for the Aero, Auto & Truck Platform, which includes American LaFrance, Global Automotive Systems and MD Helicopters. Bill's primary focus at this time is to restructure and institute the necessary processes to ensure that American LaFrance continues its great heritage in the fire, emergency services and vocational vehicle industries.

Effective immediately, Bill will assume the role as President and CEO of American LaFrance, LLC, in addition to his role as Managing Director of the Platform. He will be responsible for the daily operations at American LaFrance and the senior staff will report directly to him. John Stevenson will be working with Bill on various special projects that the company is currently executing. Bill has more than 40 years of experience leading manufacturing companies in the aerospace, biotechnology, and telecommunications industries. He has spent almost 30 years at Allied Signal, where he served, among other roles, as the President of Worldwide Aftermarket Repair and Overhaul and Distribution, as well as President and CEO of European Operations.

About American LaFrance: American LaFrance has built fire and rescue apparatus since 1832. Today, the company manufactures and distributes a comprehensive line of fire and emergency apparatus including chassis, aerials, ambulances, pumpers, rescues, tankers and wildland vehicles. The company also manufactures a line of vocational vehicles. For additional information, visit