Growth Was Inevitable

The first official offices of Sutphen were in the Brunson Building in downtown Columbus.  Later, the offices were moved to the Lincoln-Leveque Tower, a stately "skyscraper" that remains a landmark in Columbus, Ohio.  The very first Sutphen fire truck was built in an employee's garage.

Along with their success came a need for larger quarters, so the offices moved to Grandview, Ohio on Dublin Road, where they had three large bays in which to work.  In 1958, two additional bays were added to accommodate the expanding business.  In 1964, another move relocated the company to the present site of the "Corporation", a new plant at 6450 Eiterman Road in Dublin, a suburb of Columbus.

A Family Company for Over 120 Years

The fourth generation of the Sutphen family is at the helm.  Bob Sutphen's son, Drew Sutphen, is President of Sutphen Corporation; son Dan Sutphen and grandson Harry Sutphen are in sales.  Bob's daughter, Dareth Fowler, oversees the Sutphen Service and Refurbishment Center, where his grandson, Jimmy Holland, also works.  Drew's wife, Judi Sutphen, is in charge of Contract Administration. 

Tom Sutphen's daughter, Julie Sutphen Phelps, is President of Sutphen Hilliard and Sutphen East, as well as Vice President of Sutphen Corporation. Tom Sutphen's grandsons, Scott and Andy Herb, are in sales.  Tom's granddaughter, Megan Phelps, works in the Marketing department.  Although technically retired, Tom is still actively involved with the business.


Evolution of the Factory

Today, Sutphen is comprised of five factories.  The main office of Sutphen Corporation is located in Dublin, OH.  The SP 95, SP 100, SP 110, and SPH 100 Aerial Platforms are manufactured at this plant, as well as Custom Extruded Aluminum Pumpers and Walk-Around Rescues.

Located six miles south of the main plant, is the home of Sutphen Hilliard.  This plant manufactures the SP 70 Aerial Platform, SA 75, SL 75, and SL 100 Aerial Ladders.  The bodies of these units are constructed of stainless steel.  Customers who specify stainless steel pumpers will also have their apparatus built at Sutphen Hilliard. 

45 miles west of the main office, is Sutphen Springfield.  This is the start of the Sutphen line.  Sutphen Custom Chassis are assembled here using name brand components.  Everything from the frame rails to the drivable chassis is handled here.  This plant also produces the Commercial line and our Guardian pumpers.

The newest location is the Sutphen Service and Refurbishment Center located adjacent to the Chassis plant.  Minor repairs to major restoration, and everything in between, is done here, including refurbishments and aerial remounts.

Monticello, New York is appropriately named Sutphen East.  This facility manufacturers both aluminum and stainless steel pumpers as well as commercial pumpers and Tankers.  Sutphen East handles repairs and service for the local market. 

Reflecting over the past 120 years shows Sutphen's proud heritage.  The company looks forward to an exciting future of continued growth and change within the fire service.

The Birth Of A Sutphen