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Increasing customer demands makes Crimson Fire Aerials relocate to Ephrata, Pennsylvania

Published on 23 September 2010
The new Crimson facility is located at Epharta, Pennsylvania
Crimson Fire's new facility is designed to manufacture aerials

The new plant, which is just minutes away from Crimson Fire's current facility in Lancaster, provides manufacturing space, as well as multiple bays for service and refurbishment work.

An industry leader in emergency response aerial products, Crimson Fire Aerials, Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. is relocating its manufacturing and service operations to nearby Ephrata, Penn. The facility is designed and constructed specifically to manufacture aerials, was formerly home to American LaFrance's ladder production.

"Securing a long-term agreement for a building with tremendous infrastructure in the heart of 'aerial country' ensures that we are poised to meet the needs of customers now and into the future," said Jim Salmi, president of Crimson Fire Aerials. "Everyone here is excited for the first customer inspection, service training or sales presentation to take place. Continuing to exceed our customers' expectations was first and foremost in the decision to relocate."

The new plant, which is just minutes away from Crimson Fire's current facility in Lancaster, provides manufacturing space, as well as multiple bays for service and refurbishment work. The site also features the outdoor capacity to test aerial devices and fire pumps. The company has installed a 40,000-gallon in-ground water tank, slope test pad and tower to collect discharged water from units undergoing validation.

"As the height of buildings around the world continues upward, more departments need complex aerial equipment to keep their communities safe," said John Sztykiel, president and CEO of Spartan Motors, Inc. "The investment in relocating this business to a purpose-built facility will enhance operational efficiencies and reduce production lead time. Whether a customer specifies a custom or a refurbished vehicle, Crimson has the capabilities to deliver a quality vehicle, on-time."

Relocation activities are scheduled for completion by the end of October 2010.

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