Sutphen History

Sutphen Fire Apparatus

Sutphen is The Oldest Continuously Owned Fire Apparatus Manufacturer In The United States.

Sutphen was founded in 1890 by C.H. Sutphen. His son Harry took over in the 1930s, building fire apparatus on Ford chassis. Third generation Tom Sutphen designed and built the world’s first telescopic aerial platform in 1954. The design and components of Tom’s innovation are still in use today. Sutphen mid-mount aerial platforms, constructed from aluminum and joined with aircraft HuckBolts, are considered to be the most heavy-duty ladders on the market.

Today, fourth generation Sutphens run the company. Drew Sutphen is president of Sutphen Corporation, and Julie Phelps is general manager of the Hilliard, Ohio facility. Sutphen operates 3 manufacturing facilities in Ohio and 1 in Pennsylvania.

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