Ohio-based fire truck manufacturer Sutphen Corporation has embarked on the development of its newest line of apparatus, the “C” Series. Largely based on the Company’s very successful Shield Series, the new product will be built on an International 4400 commercial chassis. Since 1890, Sutphen is a fully custom manufacturer, right down to their own custom built cabs and chassis. Why make the decision to offer a commercial line?
“Given the current state of the economy, it’s a realization that budgets will be tighter, however, the need to have quality fire fighting apparatus will never go away. We feel that combining the International commercial chassis with the custom quality Sutphen body, will give fire fighters an economical yet dependable piece of fire fighting equipment,” says Ken Creese, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Company.
With the option of four different body configurations, departments can select which design works best for their needs. Rescue-style compartments provide ample storage space for reels, spare nozzles, and hydraulic rescue tools, anything the firefighter might need when arriving on the fire scene. Other options such as generators and emergency lighting, up to 1750 gpm pumps, and water tanks up to 1000 gallons add to the firefighting capabilities of the trucks.
With the majority of fire truck manufacturer’s offering commercial product lines, what sets Sutphen apart from the competition? “We didn’t try to reinvent the wheel, we just made it better,” says John Woltman, Director of Commercial Products. “Sutphen has a quality product hands down. The fact that these trucks are less expensive when compared to the fully custom version has nothing to do with the attention to detail that they receive in the manufacturing process. We use the same brand name components and the same high quality material in all products. When you don’t cut corners in the beginning, you get a better product in the end.”
The company will add 15,000 square feet of manufacturing space to its Springfield, Ohio chassis manufacturing facility. “Although some of this space will be used for additional manufacturing capacity for our custom chassis, a good portion will be dedicated to the manufacturing of the new C-Series product,” says Drew Sutphen President of the company.