In 2014 HME Ahrens-Fox made the move to total, vertical integration of its design, engineering and manufacturing processes, under one roof, at its facilities in Wyoming, Michigan. This move was the latest in a 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.