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REV Fire Group invests in Ephrata facility

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REV Fire Group, which includes REV GroupInc. manufacturers of E-ONE, KME, Ferrara, Spartan Emergency Response, Spartan Fire Chassis, Smeal, and Ladder Tower fire apparatus brands, has announced the expansion and $1.5 million renovation of its Ephrata, PA facility to allow for the increased manufacturing of aerial apparatus including tractor drawn aerials (TDAs).

The expansion is expected to more than triple the production of TDAs, and nearly double the workforce.

With the leasing of two additional buildings on campus, REV Fire Group has doubled its space to a total of 123,000 square feet among four buildings.

One of the new buildings will be used exclusively to manufacture aerial apparatus for Ladder Tower, KME and Ferrara brands. The other will be used to manufacture TDAs and will include a 20,000 square foot customer experience final inspection center with three bays. 

For the existing two buildings, one will be used for service and refurbishment of all REV Fire Group apparatus, and the other as a full paint shop.

Improving customer satisfaction

Dan DesRochers, President of REV Fire Group said: “We are very excited to create an aerial and TDA manufacturing center of excellence for our brands. For more than 49 years we’ve perfected our process to build the finest ladder truck components. By specialising and taking advantage of the talent and knowledge base, we anticipate continuing to put out the best product in the industry while improving both lead time and customer satisfaction.”

The investment will support upgrades and renovations to increase operational efficiencies including updated paint and signage in the buildings, upgraded paint booths, and new tooling and fixtures to streamline the ladder welding process.

With the expansion of operations comes the need for more employees. The Ephrata facility will hold job fairs in coming months to recruit additional employees with the goal to ultimately double its current labor force.

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