Sutphen Corporation Celebrates Grand Opening of New 185,000-square-foot Manufacturing Facility

The Facility Will Increase Manufacturing Capacity and Capabilities While Adding Jobs in Urbana, Ohio

Press Release – Sutphen Corporation

DUBLIN, OHIO – Sutphen Corporation, the nation’s largest family-owned and operated fire apparatus manufacturer with headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, celebrated the official grand opening of its new 185,000-square-foot fire apparatus manufacturing facility in Urbana, Ohio.

The new facility, located at 935 S. Edgewood Avenue, Urbana, Ohio 43078, combines three separate facilities into one expansive manufacturing site. The facility expands Sutphen’s manufacturing footprint in the Urbana community from approximately 70,000-square-feet across three former facilities to 185,000-square-feet in one facility.

“This new facility increases our workforce, manufacturing efficiency, production capacity and so much more,” said Sutphen Corporation President Drew Sutphen, a fourth-generation family member. “Sutphen Urbana is an investment in our family business and an investment in the Urbana community. The facility represents Sutphen Corporation’s commitment to responsible growth for generations to come and is an opportunity for the fifth and sixth generations of Sutphen family members to grow our family business for the next 130 years.”

Sutphen Corporation began moving into the facility in late 2023 and has already created over 25 jobs at the location, bringing the total Sutphen workforce in Urbana to over 225 team members. The family-owned company is continuing to hire and has numerous additional open positions at its new facility.

“Sutphen has a long history in the City of Urbana, Champaign County and surrounding communities,” said Sutphen Corporation Vice President and Sutphen Hilliard President Julie Sutphen Phelps, a fourth-generation family member. “From our 30-plus years of operation in the community, we know that the Miami Valley is full of hardworking individuals who pride themselves on honest work. We are honored to grow within the community and excited to grow for generations to come.”

The state-of-the-art manufacturing facility occupies 25 acres of the 55 acres purchased by Sutphen in 2021. The additional 30 acres provide additional space for future growth and expansion.

“We are proud to have Sutphen in Urbana,” Champaign Economic Partnership (CEP) Director Rich Ebert said. “To be home to one of the largest, most well-respected fire apparatus manufacturers in the country is a point of pride for the City of Urbana and Champaign County as a whole. The CEP is proud to be a partner with them in bringing this state-of-the-art facility to Urbana. Their business has already made significant contributions to the community through jobs and opportunities, and we are confident that there is more to come in Sutphen’s Urbana story.”

Sutphen Corporation is a sole source manufacturer that designs, manufactures and sells fire apparatus from the ground up. From chassis and cab to aerial ladder and apparatus body, Sutphen manufacturers each piece of an apparatus. This process creates streamlined production processes and consistent quality control with undivided responsibility.

Sutphen Urbana is home to Sutphen’s extreme-duty custom chassis line, Sutphen’s corporate service and technical center and Sutphen’s Ohio custom pumper line. The business’s three other operations in Dublin, Ohio; Hilliard, Ohio; and Lake Aerial, Pennsylvania, will remain where they are located.

About Sutphen Corporation

Sutphen Corporation, founded in 1890, is the nation’s largest and oldest continuously family-owned and operated fire apparatus manufacturer. With headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, the company manufactures the highest-quality, heavy-duty, custom-built emergency response vehicles. In addition to the Urbana facilities, Sutphen also is located in Hilliard, Ohio, and Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania.

The fourth generation of the Sutphen family currently leads the company and fifth-generation family members work in various positions throughout the business.


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