AMERICAN LAFRANCE 1873-2014 USA

American LaFrance dashboard

American LaFrance 1873-2014 USA

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american lafrance

American LaFrance
Industry Fire apparatus manufacturer, Commercial Vehicles
Founded 1873
Defunct 2014
Headquarters Summerville, South Carolina, U.S.
Owner Daimler Trucks North America
Parent Daimler AG
Website www.americanlafrance.com

American LaFrance (ALF) was an American vehicle manufacturer which focused primarily on the production of fire engines, fire aerials, and emergency apparatus such as ambulance and rescue vehicles. The company was located in Summerville, South Carolina. It was announced Friday, January 17, 2014 they would cease operations.

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History

The American LaFrance Fire Engine Company was one of the oldest fire apparatus manufacturers in America. With roots that go back to approximately 1832, the companies that went on to become American LaFrance built hand-drawn, horse-drawn, and steam-powered fire engines. Founded in 1873 by Truckson LaFrance and his partners, including Alexander S. Diven as the LaFrance Manufacturing Company selling hand powered equipment. The International Fire Engine Company, corporate predecessor of American LaFrance, built some steam power fire engines between 1903-1907. Apparatus built by International included horse drawn steamers, hose wagons, and hook & ladders to chemical engines, water towers and combinations. The American LaFrance Fire Engine Company was formed in 1903. Its corporate offices and manufacturing plant were in Elmira, New York. It also operated a Canadian plant in Toronto, Ontario, where it sold apparatus under the name Lafrance-Foamite, until 1971. ALF delivered its first motorized fire engine in 1907. Over the years, American LaFrance built thousands of fire trucks including chemical engines, combination pumpers, aerial ladder trucks, Aero Chief snorkel trucks, and airport crash trucks. The classical style of the American LaFrance apparatus is easily recognized. Some of the company’s innovations led to changes in the industry, most notably the cab forward style cab.

In 1995, the company was bought by Freightliner LLC, which is a subsidiary of Daimler AG. Freightliner continued to utilize American LaFrance’s original nameplates and designations including the Eagle custom chassis. Many of their Liberty products were built on Freightliner LLC M2 or Sterling Acterra chassis. ALF operated additional manufacturing facilities in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, Sanford, Florida, and Hamburg, New York. As of 2005, they were the fifth largest manufacturer of emergency vehicles in North America.

In December 2005, it was announced that Freightliner had transferred the ownership of American LaFrance to the New York-based investment firm, Patriarch Partners, LLC. The headquarters and main plant in Ladson, South Carolina were not included in the transaction. However, Patriarch Partners were allowed to use the plant until early 2007, when DaimlerChrysler began using the plant for assembly of the Dodge Sprinter. Under new ownership ALF relocated within the Charleston, South Carolina area in summer 2007 to a brand new facility, including manufacturing and corporate HQ, with nearly 500,000 sq ft (50,000 m²) of total space.

On January 28, 2008, American LaFrance filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection blaming problems with implementation of a new IBM enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. On July 25, 2008, the company emerged from bankruptcy with a revised business plan to transfer the firetruck body building portion of the business to the remaining Hamburg, NY, (formerly RDMurray Inc.) and Ephrata, PA, (formerly Ladder Towers Inc.) facilities. The Summerville, SC plant continued to manufacture fire truck cab and chassis, but focused on vocational vehicles and the Condor vehicle line. On January 17, 2014, the company announced it was ceasing operations.

Products

1912 American LaFrance Simplex 9.5l 4cyl. touring car (98PS)

1912 American LaFrance Simplex 9.5l 4cyl. touring car (98PS)

1916 American LaFrance Speedster automobile

1916 American LaFrance Speedster automobile

1928 American LaFrance fire truck from Ottawa

A 1928 American LaFrance fire truck from Ottawa.

American LaFrance 75 No 3542 2008 in Germany

American LaFrance 75 No 3542 2008 in Germany

1954 American LaFrance Type 700 pumper. Crosset engine.

A restored 1954 American LaFrance Type 700 pumper.

1970 American LaFrance Type 900 pumper. Tacoma Engine 17

A 1970 American LaFrance Type 900 pumper.

1979 American LaFrance 1000 Century Series Pumper.

A 1979 American LaFrance 1000 Century Series Pumper.

1990 American LaFrance Century 2000 pumper. Nebraska engine.

A firefighter holds a baby, in front of a 1990 American LaFrance Century 2000 pumper.

1958 American LaFrance Series 900 Fire Truck

1958 American LaFrance Series 900 Fire Truck at the Texas Transportation Museum

2005 2000's era American LaFrance fire truck

2000’s era American LaFrance fire truck

Chassis

2002 American Lafrance Eagle 93 ft mmt Phoenix

2002 American Lafrance Eagle 93 ft mmt Phoenix

2004 American Lafrance Eagle Mid-Engine Rear-Pump 1250gpm 500gwt 80gfts CAFS

2004 American Lafrance Eagle Mid-Engine Rear-Pump 1250gpm 500gwt 80gfts CAFS Eagle Mid-Engine

Chicago Fire Department reserve squad Engine 23 American LaFrance Eagle

Chicago Fire Department reserve squad Engine 23 American LaFrance Eagle Eagle SE

2004 American LaFrance. Metropolitan

2004 American LaFrance. Metropolitan Metropolitan

American LaFrance Commercial Cab Rescue Lakes of the Four Seasons Fire Department Emergency Apparatu

American LaFrance Commercial Cab Rescue Lakes of the Four Seasons Fire Department Emergency Apparatus Commercial

2008 American LaFrance Condor

2008 American LaFrance Condor Condor

Emergency apparatus

1954 American LaFrance Type 700 pumper. Crosset engine.

1954 American LaFrance Type 700 pumper. Crosset engine. Pumpers

1997 American LaFrance aerial

1997 American LaFrance aerial Aerials

Freightliner-American LaFrance Tanker-Pumper

Freightliner-American LaFrance Tanker-Pumper Tankers

2006 American LaFrance Pump-Rescue

2006 American LaFrance Pump-Rescue Rescues

2000 Freightliner - American LaFrance - Aero Medic Master ambulances

2000 Freightliner – American LaFrance – Aero Medic Master ambulances Ambulance

1968 American LaFrance 900 Series, 1250 gpm 500gwt

1968 American LaFrance 900 Series, 1250 gpm 500gwt Wildlands

2011 american-lafrance-fire-truck-012011 american-lafrance-fire-truck Liberty

Vocational application

American LaFrance historical Refuse Truck

American LaFrance Condor Refuse Truck

American LaFrance Condor Refuse Truck Refuse

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1953 American LaFrance Airport Crash Truck 4x4

1953 American LaFrance Airport Crash Truck 4×4 Airport Service

1970 American LaFrance Dump Truck

1970 American LaFrance Dump Truck

1953 This Ramp Truck Started Life As A 1953 American LaFrance Fire Truck

1953 This Ramp Truck Started Life As A 1953 American LaFrance Fire Truck General Utility

Photo Collection:

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1916 American LaFrance Type 17 aerial ladder1916 Liberty LaFrance V-12 Touring Liberty Motor Co., Detroit, Mi. 1916-19241917 American la France Speedster1917 American La France Tourer 1917 Peking to Paris Ennstal-Classic1917 American La France Tourer with a 14.5-liter Paris Peking1917 American LaFrance Racer1917 American LaFrance Speedster Fire Truck at Portsmouth AbbeyLafrance Speedster1917 American LaFrance Tourer1917 American-La France fire truck1917 american-lafrance-unknown-111918 american lafrance 1063 4cyl3speed KI1919 American La France La Bestioni Rolling Thunder Speedster1919 American LaFrance - Goodwill Fire Co. No. 5 - York PA1919 American LaFrance Type 121920 American-LaFrance V121920 american-lafrance-model-10-011922 American LaFrance Speedster1923 American LaFrance city-service ladder truck1923 american lafrance speedster images1923 American LaFrance speedster parked alongside the track1923 American LaFrance Speedster1924 American LaFrance 1000-GPM Rotary Gear Pumper1926 american lafrance 100 series b1926 American LaFrance Type 14 'City Service' Combination ladder truck1927 American LaFrance 14,5 litre Speedster1927 American LaFrance pumper, Cary's 1922-23 Ford-American LaFrance chemical car1927 American LaFrance speedster1927 AMERICAN LAFRANCE1927 American-LaFrance-Speedster-Front1927 Ford American LaFrance fire truck1928 American LaFrance Cary antique LS1928 American LaFrance fire truck from Ottawa1930 American LaFrance1931 American LaFrance City Service ladder truck1935 American LaFrance serie 400 b1935 american-lafrance 400-series 1 b1936 American LaFrance senior 400series1937 American LaFrance 400TSH-1001937 AMERICAN LAFRANCE1938 American LaFrance 512CC1939 American LaFrance 500 Series1941 American LaFrance 500 Series 65' Mid-Ship1945 american lafrance 700 series 11946 American LaFrance1947 American LaFrance Model 700 Pumper1947 american-lafrance-tiller-ladder-truck1950 American LaFrance photo rigs engine 55c1953 American LaFrance Airport Crash Truck 4x41953 This Ramp Truck Started Life As A 1953 American LaFrance Fire Truck1954 American LaFrance Type 700 pumper. Crosset engine.1958 American LaFrance Series 900 Fire Truck1960 American LaFrance 100' Tractor-Drawn Tillered Aerial1963 American LaFrance Airport Chief (1963–1964)1968 American LaFrance 900 Series, 1250 gpm 500gwt1970 American LaFrance Dump Truck1970 American LaFrance Type 900 pumper. Tacoma Engine 171971 AMERICAN LAFRANCE1976 american lafrance spartan1976 AMERICAN LAFRANCE1979 American LaFrance 1000 Century Series Pumper.1990 American LaFrance Century 2000 pumper. Nebraska engine.1997 American LaFrance aerial2000 Freightliner - American LaFrance - Aero Medic Master ambulances2002 American Lafrance Eagle 93 ft mmt Phoenix2004 American Lafrance Eagle Mid-Engine Rear-Pump 1250gpm 500gwt 80gfts CAFS2004 American LaFrance Metropolitan heavy rescue2004 American LaFrance. Metropolitan2005 2000's era American LaFrance fire truck2006 American LaFrance Pump-Rescue2007 Kenworth W900 truck semi in red2008 American LaFrance Condor2011 american-lafrance-fire-truck-011391716578520ALF 2000American La France condorAmerican la France vintage carAmerican la FranceAmerican LaFrance - 100 Series MetropolitanAmerican LaFrance 75 No 3542 2008 in GermanyAmerican LaFrance 272-Factory photo - CopyAmerican LaFrance 900 series airport chief 15233American LaFrance Commercial Cab Rescue Lakes of the Four Seasons Fire Department Emergency ApparatuAmerican LaFrance Condor Refuse TruckAmerican LaFrance dashboardAMERICAN LAFRANCE EAGLEAmerican LaFrance Firetruck chassis that has been converted into a speedster.AMERICAN LAFRANCE gAmerican LaFrance historical Refuse Truck

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1946 American-lafrance-fire-truck1949 American La France 700 Series Pump Engine 8590cc KAS1980 American LaFrance Metropolitan Chassis E-One Pumper 20022000-01 AMERICAN LAFRANCE EAGLE2002 American LaFrance Ford F550 Light Rescue2002 American LaFrance-Ford F550 Medium RescueAmerican La france BRANDWEER 2American La france BRANDWEER 3American La france BRANDWEER 4American La france BRANDWEER 5

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2014

The end of an era

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Author: Jeroen

In Dutch, my homelanguage: Ik ben Jeroen, tot januari 2015 was ik al dik 26 jaar werkzaam in een psychiatrisch ziekenhuis in een stad vlakbij Werelds grootste havenstad Rotterdam. Eerst als verpleegkundige/begeleider op high care, later op afdeling dubbeldiagnose (verslavingen) en ook nog een tijdje als administratief medewerker. Ik heb een spierziekte "Poli Myositis" (alle spieren zijn ontstoken) daardoor weinig energie. Sinds augustus 2015 is daarbij de diagnose Kanker gesteld, en ben ik helemaal arbeidsongeschikt geworden en zit middenin de behandelfase. Gelukkig ben ik daarnaast getrouwd, vader, en opa, en heb de nodige hobby's. Een daarvan is transportmiddelen verzamelen en daarmee een blog schrijven. Dit blog begon met bussen, maar nu komen ook sleepboten, auto's trucks en dergelijke aan bod. Kijk en geniet met me mee, reageer, en vul gerust aan. Fouten zal ik ook graag verbeteren. In English: I'm Jeroen, till januari 2015 I was already 26 years working as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital, near Rotterdam, Worlds biggest harbour with more than 98 nationalities living within it's borders. First I worked on closed high care ward and the last years on a ward with mainly addicted people. I liked my work very much. In 2007 I got ill. I got the diagnose Poli Myositis, a musscle dissease. Al my mussles are inflamed. And last august I got another diagnose. Cancer. It's plaveicelcel carcinoma and treated with Chemo and radioation. So I've even less energy than the last years. Still I try to make something of my life and the blog is helping with surviving with some pleasure.

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