New Dealer for Minnesota and Wisconsin

Dublin, OH 

For Immediate Release

Date: May 20, 2015

RE:  Sutphen announces new dealer

Sutphen Corporation announced today that Custom Fire Apparatus, Inc. will be their new dealer in Minnesota and Wisconsin. 

Based out of Osceola, Wisconsin, Custom Fire Apparatus is also a family-owned apparatus company.  Custom Fire Apparatus designs and manufactures structural fire equipment and rescue squads.  They also provide full service repairs, repainting, and electrical work for their customers.  Additionally, they run a mobile service truck to meet the needs of customers in remote areas of the state.  Custom Fire also serves as an authorized warranty center for Hale and Waterous pumps.

“We appreciate the long history of Sutphen, which has been in business since 1890,” said Jim Kirvida, President and Founder, Custom Fire Apparatus. “We share a commitment to building quality equipment and serving our customers with the highest possible respect and dedication. We are eager to arrange face-to-face meetings with potential customers interested in learning more about our companies and our product offerings.”

“In Sutphen, we find traits that are consistent with our own,” agreed Wayde Kirvida, Factory Sales, Custom Fire Apparatus. “These traits are evident in the personnel, products and actions of Sutphen, including the unique nature of the Sutphen product. It represents the values of customers who place performance and durability above flash and thrift. These traits are consistent with ours.”

“Our business thrives on relationships” says Ken Creese, Director of Sales and Marketing, Sutphen Corporation.  “Custom Fire is exactly what we are looking for in a new dealer.  They have the ability to build new relationships through sales, and then maintain those relationships through service after the sale.”

Creese continues, “We are proud to welcome Custom Fire Apparatus to our distribution family in Minnesota and Wisconsin.”

Sutphen Corporation is an Ohio based privately held, family owned business that manufactures custom built emergency response vehicles.  The company's headquarters are located in suburban Dublin, Ohio northwest of Columbus.  In business since 1890, the company is proud to celebration 125 years of commitment to the fire service.

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