Freightliner to sell fire/emergency vehicle business

Freightliner LLC said it plans to divest its American LaFrance fire and emergency services manufacturing business. The Ladson, S.C.-based company was acquired by Freightliner in 1995 as part of a corporate expansion.

“While the company has been driving improvement programs in recent times and we believe the American LaFrance business has growth and profitability potential, we also believe this potential can be better realized by a company that has a focus on ALF’s core markets,” said Freightliner President and CEO Chris Patterson.

American LaFrance is the fifth-largest fire and emergency services vehicle manufacturer in the United States and operates six manufacturing facilities and five dealer locations across the country.