Pierce Plans Simulated Factory Tour at FDIC Display in Indy

Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, and the leading U.S. manufacturer of fire and emergency vehicles, continues its 100th Anniversary celebration in Lucas Oil Stadium at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Ind.

Pierce plans to unveil an ambitious display on April 25 at 1:00 p.m. showcasing the people, the manufacturing processes, the company history and the vehicles that, together, comprise the Pierce Experience.

“As a part of our 100-year celebration, we are transporting the factory and the Pierce Experience to Indianapolis,” said Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of the Fire & Emergency segment and Pierce Manufacturing.

“Annually, our Pierce Appleton facility hosts approximately 12,000 firefighters who witness the manufacturing processes and interact with the people who design and build Pierce apparatus.

This year at FDIC, we are inviting visitors to take a factory tour to experience Pierce firsthand.”
Surrounding the Pierce booth will be eight stations representing key steps in the manufacturing process.

At each station, visitors will be greeted by manufacturing personnel from the factory who represent each area. At the center of the booth is the renowned Pierce Blue Floor, where six completed fire and emergency vehicles will be standing by for final inspection. 
The eight stations represent:
•    Cab Welding station with a fully welded cab;
•    Chassis Line with a bare chassis including engine and transmission;
•    Cab Assembly with a finished cab;
•    Body Line with a partially completed body module;
•    Paint Operation showcasing the paint process and options;
•    Graphics Department with hand drawn illustrations, and demonstrations of the unique Pierce gold leaf application process;
•    Pumphouse Build with a completed pumphouse; and
•    Aerial Assembly with an aerial ladder base section
A history timeline, with a century of Pierce milestones and innovations, will be displayed at the booth. The display offers an inside look at the world’s most innovative fire and emergency vehicles. We are reminded that a lot has changed over the last 100 years, but the passion at Pierce remains the same.

About Pierce Manufacturing
Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation [NYSE: OSK] company, is celebrating its 100th year in business in 2013. Pierce is the leading North American manufacturer of custom fire apparatus, including 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 frontal airbags and the Side Roll Protection system to fire apparatus. Pierce markets its products through the industry’s largest and most comprehensive dealer and service network.

The company enjoys a nationwide web of dealerships with over 600 certified and factory trained Service Brigade technicians and over 50 service centers. Visit www.piercemfg.com to learn more about Pierce.

About Oshkosh Corporation
Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Jerr-Dan®, Frontline™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, visit www.oshkoshcorporation.com.