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What began in 1913 as a few craftsmen building Model Ts in a former church, has evolved into a die hard mission to help firefighters perform at their peak.
The Husky™ Foam System is introduced, a foam proportioning system able to simultaneously discharge multiple foam viscosities for Class A and B fires.
Pierce is the first to fully integrate multiplexing throughout an entire firefighting vehicle with Command Zone™ advanced electronics.
Pierce became a subsidiary of Oshkosh Truck Corporation, a leader in specialized vehicles and the market leader in aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicles in North America.
Robert G. Bohn was elected President (1996-1998).
Pierce and Kenworth joined forces to introduce the T-300 fire and emergency chassis, including a four-door cab available exclusively from Pierce.
Pierce introduced the Contender® Series. It was a full line of high quality commercial and custom fire apparatus designed with features and benefits never before available at its price.
“Pierce is a company with humble beginnings, a rich history, and an exciting future. It is significant that only a small fraction of companies from any industry achieve the 100 year milestone. On behalf of Pierce employees, and all those who preceded us, we pledge an unwavering level of commitment to firefighters, and boldness in our thinking, as we look ahead to the next hundred years.” Jim Johnson President, Pierce Manufacturing.
The Open House brought over 12,000 people to the Appleton, WI facility. The event was kicked off with over 60 fire trucks in a parade, followed by an opening address from the Wisconsin Governor who declared July 13, 2013 "Pierce Manufacturing Day." Other events included fire truck rides, safety training, manufacturing tours, truck displays, and the unveiling of a new history display.
In April 2015 Pierce® launched the Ascendant™ 107’ steel ladder. The Pierce Ascendant 107’ aerial ladder features a weight optimizing design structure, high-strength steel, custom tubing and unique gusseting that place weight and mass only where required. The aerial delivers a full 107’ vertical reach and a 100’ horizontal reach with and operating range from -100° to +77°. Its 100’ horizontal reach is an astounding 32’ greater than a typical single rear axle aerial. The Pierce Ascendant is available on a wide range or Pierce custom chassis, including the Arrow XT™, Velocity®, Impel® and Enforcer™. It is brilliantly designed and engineered to give you more capabilities with no sacrifice in water capacity, performance or safety.
Pierce also introduced an advanced Pierce Command Zone™ system offering expanded capabilities to benefit the driver, officer and maintenance teams featuring technologies that integrate GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity for a whole new level of performance. Service technicians are also able to run and view diagnostic codes and troubleshooting procedures from the touchscreen display on a table using a Wi-Fi, cell phone or USB interface. Data logging capabilities enable the system to maintain a history of each vehicle’s fault codes, warnings and cautions. The end result is faster diagnostics and increased vehicle uptime.