Tim can remember when he used to stand in the shadows of the tires at Pierce, marveling their size. He was 6. Maybe 7. His father, Gordy Krause, was with Pierce a solid 40 years – 10 of which were spent with Tim.
“It was easier working with the Pierce family than it was working with my own family. When you work with Dad, the bar’s raised even higher.”
But there’s a silver lining to Dad keeping an eye on things. As a result, Tim always looks for ways to make things better, stronger, and more efficient. He ended up starting Pierce’s customer acceptance program to ensure apparatus were perfect and customers were happy.
He’s literally grown up with the company, and has experienced some big moments. Like working directly with firefighters to make sure every vehicle was just right. Helping a little boy trick out his three-wheeler with paint and racing strips. And watching Doug Ogilvie’s dream come true when the first Arrow chassis was produced.
Tim foresees more ergonomics, more safety and more performance in the future. But overall, he just sees Pierce continuing to be Pierce.
“Any organization that has a big heart, a good product and stands behind what it does, will grow. We've come a long way, from my dad working out of a church building trucks, to building the best trucks in the world.”