In 2014 HME Ahrens-Fox made the move to total, vertical integration of its design, engineering and manufacturing processes, under one roof, at its facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This move was the latest in an evolutionary process that began as a premiere producer of custom fire apparatus chassis in the 1980’s (for the industry’s leading fire truck manufacturers), to the development of a comprehensive offering of fire trucks, a continual introduction of industry innovation firsts, to the point of eventually controlling, creating and building custom apparatus from concept to a complete apparatus in one location.
The historic marker in HME Ahrens-Fox total vertical integration was planted with the introduction of the aerial product line in 2014. The aerial products line feature industry recognized cabs, steel ladder construction, turntables, hot-dipped galvanized torque boxes, frame rails, and outriggers. These aerials also incorporated HME Ahrens-Fox proprietary LED Rung-Alignment systems, advanced aerial ladder control, and avoidance system technologies, all designed to enhance overall aerial performance and safety.