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388 jobs affected by Carbon County fire truck plant closure


A fire truck manufacturing plant in Carbon County will close next year, its parent company said.

REV Group Inc. announced earlier this month that production at its KME fire apparatus facilities in Nesquehoning, Pa., And Roanoke, Va., Was being transitioned to other REV factories. Fire Group.

The shutdown of KME, or Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corp., in Nesquehoning, affects 388 jobs, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

Orders already in progress at the two facilities will continue to be built there, with production to be completed by April 2022, according to the REV group. New orders will be transferred to other REV Fire Group facilities. KME is meeting with employees from the Nesquehoning and Roanoke facilities to discuss options and reallocations, according to the parent company.

The REV Group, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has manufacturing facilities across the United States. In addition to Nesquehoning, its website lists fire apparatus factories in Ephrata, Pennsylvania; Hamburg, New York; Charlotte, Michigan; Brandon, South Dakota; Snyder, Nebraska; Holden, Louisiana; and Ocala, Florida.

The REV Group claims that KME has long served municipal, state and federal fire departments across the country with customized aircraft, industrial, pump, rescue, tanker, and wild forest appliances: ‘specific needs in devices. From its Tractor-Drawn AerialCat â„¢ with Steel-Safe â„¢ technology to the new X-Series â„¢ Custom Pumper, KME is constantly innovating to provide custom configurations based on the unique requirements of firefighters.

In a statement, REV Group Chairman Kent Tyler acknowledged that “the production transition has a significant impact on KME employees and is not a decision we take lightly.”

Easton Firefighters practice on the city’s new KME Predator fire truck July 28, 2004, in Scott Park. REV Group Inc. announced on September 10, 2021 that production from its KME Fire Apparatus facilities in Nesquehoning, Pa., And Roanoke, Virginia will be shifted over the next year to other REV Fire Group plants. .Bill Adams’ archive photo | For lehighvalleylive.com

“The KME brand has a rich and enduring heritage,” said Tyler. “Our commitment to this transition is to preserve the legacy by continuing to provide our customers and dealer partners with what they have expected from the KME brand over their many years of loyalty to KME.

“This change in production sites allows us to better access our vast operational expertise and resources, provide custom engineering, improve quality and improve delivery times by leveraging advanced manufacturing capabilities including we have it through the REV Fire Group network. New and existing KME customers can rest assured that our commitment to manufacturing excellence will continue to bring quality and value to KME fire apparatus.

Tyler added, “We are grateful to our teams at both sites, who have worked with us over the years to build the KME brand. We also thank the local communities for their continued support, and we would like to thank our dealer partners for their exceptional efforts in serving our mutual customers over the many years and thank them in advance for their efforts to support this transition.

Founded in 1946 with its head office in Nesquehoning, KME had over 800 employees at the time of its acquisition by REV Group in April 2016, with additional operations from then on in Roanoke with Ontario, California; Albany, New York; and Rockaway, New Jersey.

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Kurt Bresswein can be reached at [email protected].


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