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Spartan_2023_BannerMarking half a century of fire and emergency service, Spartan Fire and Emergency Apparatus embarks on new expansion plans and commemorates long-standing relationship with Pierce Manufacturing.

Spartan Fire and Emergency Apparatus team members at South Carolina Fire ConferenceAPPLETON, Wis. (August 23, 2023) Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, announced today Spartan Fire and Emergency Apparatus, the Pierce dealer for South Carolina, has marked its milestone 50th year with an exclusive celebration at the South Carolina Fire Conference in June 2023, and plans for future expansion.

In preparation for the 2023 South Carolina Fire Conference, Spartan Fire team members dedicated months to compiling a rich history of customer photos dating back to the 1970s. "This effort symbolizes the depth of our commitment over the past half-century," said Robby Fore, president of Spartan Fire and Emergency Apparatus. “Pierce Manufacturing also contributed a framed drawing showcasing three generations of Spartan Fire's ownership.”

After discovering the first two fire trucks ever sold by Spartan Fire were decommissioned, the team tracked down the third fire truck, a model from 1974. They also located the very first truck Fore sold in 1991. These vehicles were on display in Spartan Fire’s booth at the South Carolina Fire Conference and showed the company’s significant history. "I was deeply touched by the team's surprise tribute, which included one of the earliest trucks sold by our company and my first sale from 1991," Fore shared.

Spartan Fire and Emergency Apparatus 50th Anniversary drawingSpartan Fire, with just three employees in 1991, has grown exponentially to a team of 40 dedicated professionals serving the entire state of South Carolina. In addition to Pierce apparatus sales, the company also sells DBC and Holmatro products across both Carolinas. This growth is largely attributed to dedication to providing top-tier service post-sale, an initiative of major focus starting in the early 2000s.

The Spartan Fire team is planning to expand further by opening a third service facility in 2023. Additionally, a new headquarters will be breaking ground beginning in 2024.

General Manager of Spartan Fire and Emergency Apparatus, Mary Elise Fore Greenway, added, "The success and growth of Spartan Fire stem from our incredible team, who, in addition to demonstrating unwavering integrity, embody former Pierce president Doug Ogilvie’s 'people first' mentality. Every member brings a unique trait which has fueled our growth." 

Spartan Fire has been a trusted Pierce dealer for 50 years, a testament to their faith in the products they represent. This robust partnership is set to continue, building on a foundation of integrity laid by the founders.

As the company celebrates its golden anniversary, the Spartan Fire team looks back on their many achievements, which include winning the prestigious Pierce Dealer of the Year Award three times, ranking first for sales per capita seven years running.

Spartan Fire and Emergency Apparatus fire truck display at South Carolina Fire Conference 2023The company's vision for the future centers on targeted, gradual growth, focusing on supporting customers’ needs with enhanced products and services.

R.E. Fore, Sales Administrator at Spartan Fire, concludes, "Our customers often cite our service after the sale as the reason they continue to place their faith in our business. We value these relationships and strive to provide unparalleled service during and after the sale of each apparatus."

The Spartan Fire team will continue recognizing their 50-year milestone with an end-of-year company celebration.

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About Pierce Manufacturing
Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation [NYSE: OSK] business, is the leading North American manufacturer of custom fire apparatus. Products include custom and commercial pumpers, aerials, rescue trucks, wildland trucks, mini pumpers, and homeland security apparatus. In addition, Pierce designs its own foam systems and was the first company to introduce frontal airbags and the Side Roll Protection system to fire apparatus. To learn more about Pierce, visit

About Oshkosh Corporation

At Oshkosh (NYSE: OSK), we make innovative, mission-critical equipment to help everyday heroes advance communities around the world. Headquartered in Wisconsin, Oshkosh Corporation employs approximately 17,000 team members worldwide, all united behind a common purpose: to make a difference in people’s lives. Oshkosh products can be found in more than 150 countries under the brands of JLG®, Hinowa, Power Towers, Pierce®, MAXIMETAL, Oshkosh® Defense, McNeilus®, IMT®, Jerr-Dan®, Frontline™ Communications, Oshkosh® Airport Products, Oshkosh AeroTech™ and Pratt Miller. For more information, visit

®, ™ All brand names referred to in this news release are trademarks of Oshkosh Corporation or its subsidiary companies.

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