Saudi Arabia orders 1125 vehicles
Rosenbauer of Wyoming recently received the largest order for fire fighting vehicles in the company and industry’s history. The order comes from the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior, and is worth approximately $320 million.
The order includes 1,125 vehicles, comprised of pumpers, tankers, rescue trucks, aerials, fire fighting boats and other civil defense vehicles.
Due to the increase in Saudi’s population over the past few decades, it was decided to launch an expansion program for improved fire protection, said Steve Reedy, vice president and general manager. The Saudi expansion involves construction of 180 new fire stations, mainly in urban areas of the country. Additionally, 6,000 firemen are being hired.
A total of 350 of the vehicle chassis will be manufactured at the Rosenbauer plant in Wyoming, with 500 bodies to be manufactured at the Rosenbauer plant in Lyons, SD. The remainder of the vehicles will be manufactured at Rosenbauer facilities in Leonding, Austria; Karlsruhe, Germany; and Madrid, Spain.
The order will be produced over a period of 30 months, or until mid-2014.
“This success underlines the Rosenbauer Group’s industry leading position yet again,” said Executive Board Chairman Dr. Dieter Siegel “Thanks to our high order intake over the past few months – and in contrast to the industry as a whole – we will experience full capacity at our plants for at least the next two years.”
Rosenbauer’s long-standing relationship with the Saudi clients is founded upon its high quality of products, which have been developed in close collaboration with the customer, company officials said. Some of the vehicles will be built to European Standards, while others will be manufactured in accordance to U.S. NFPA Standards.
“We are very pleased to receive this order,” said Kevin Kirvida, president of Rosenbauer Minnesota. “We are fortunate to be one of the few companies in our industry who has not downsized despite the recent economic slow-down. Having a broad base of domestic and export customers has proven to be a good business strategy for the entire Rosenbauer group.”
This order comes on top of another record breaking contract that was received by Rosenbauer last August. In August, Brazil ordered 80 airport crash trucks that will also be manufactured at the Rosenbauer plant in Wyoming.
The order from Brazil is the largest single crash truck order in the company and industries history. Crash trucks are large, high powered vehicles that are used at airports for fire fighting protection – the same vehicle that was supplied by Rosenbauer and used in the latest “Transformer” movie. Brazil is modernizing its airports through-out the country in preparation for the upcoming Olympics and World Cup Soccer Tournament.
Rosenbauer was selected as the supplier of these vehicles after an extensive review of suppliers throughout the world.
Rosenbauer is the world’s leading manufacturer of fire fighting vehicles and equipment.
In North America, Rosenbauer incorporates the international strength and innovation of a global company with top American manufacturing firms. For more information, please contact the company’s website – www.rosenbaueramerica.com.