Pierce manufacturing named Fox Cities Manufacturer of the Year
Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company announced that the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc. has named Pierce, the Manufacturer of the Year, in the Mega Company category.
The selection was announced at the Fox Cities Chamber’s Annual Meeting held last night. Pierce was chosen based on several measurement criteria – including manufacturing processes, research and development, leadership and technology, operational excellence, community support and involvement, management philosophy and customer focus.
"We are honored to be named by the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce for this distinguished award, and are proud to be recognized as a leading manufacturer in this important region of the state,” said Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Fire & Emergency.
"Hats off to all our employees in our Fox Cities facilities. Through their dedication, and commitment to excellence, Pierce builds the world’s leading custom fire and rescue vehicles right here in Wisconsin’s heartland.”
Founded in 1913, Pierce has grown to become a global leader in custom fire and emergency vehicles, including custom and commercial apparatus for the fire, federal government and law enforcement markets. The company is an industry innovator, and has pioneered a wide range of industry-changing safety and performance technologies including Velocity® custom chassis, TAK-4®independent suspension, Side Roll Protection and frontal airbags, Command Zone™ advanced electronics, and the Husky® foam system.
As an ISO 9001:2008 certified, one source OEM, Pierce is a vertically integrated manufacturing facility with over 750,000 square feet under roof in the Fox Cities. The company also has manufacturing and assembly operations in Bradenton, Fla.
The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and the accounting firm of Baker Tilly sponsor the Manufacturer of the Year Award. Manufacturing has long been the backbone of the Fox Cities economy, and as the national economy regains momentum, manufacturing industries are re-engineering their operations to establish themselves in the global marketplace. By honoring manufacturing firms, the Chamber draws attention to successful strategies and lean manufacturing practices.
Manufacturing awards are presented to small, medium, large and mega firms based on number of employees, and special awards may be given at the discretion of the judges to recognize unique manufacturing practices or accomplishments. Recipients of the local awards are encouraged to apply for state level competition, also sponsored by Baker Tilly.
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