Sutphen expanding, launching new fire truck series

Sutphen Chassis

Sutphen's Springfield Chassis facility

Sutphen around the US

Sutphen is the oldest fire fighting apparatus design and manufacturing company in the country. Founded in 1890 by CH Sutphen and run today by his great grandson Drew Sutphen, the company has five locations, 275 total employees, and ranks approximately fourth in the market largest privately-owned company.  Its Amlin, Ohio Headquarters and Main Office are located in Amlin, Ohio just outside Dublin.  Aerial platforms, aluminum pumpers, and walk-around rescues are manufactured there, too.

The Sutphen Towers Division is located in Hilliard. Aerial ladders and one platform model are manufactured there.  Sutphen also has a location in Monticello, New York, where they manufacture aluminum, stainless steel, and commercial pumpers.

Sutphen in the Springfield MSA

In the Springfield MSA, Sutphen has two divisions.  The Sutphen Chassis Division operates out of a 55,000 sf facility in the unincorporated part of German Township (Clark County) and employs 65. There Sutphen constructs and assembles custom fire trucks including cab and frame, and the basic metal frame for the cab comes from Hilliard.  At the same location, the Sutphen Service Division operates out of a 20,000 sf facility adjacent to the Chassis Division with 15 employees.  Everything from major restoration to minor repairs is done there.

Sutphen’s recent expansion

In 2008, Sutphen was in a site selection process, looking at some southern US states and Ohio to expand manufacturing.  In particular, Louisiana had caught their attention because of an incentives package they had given a competitor.  After working with Sutphen to secure an Enterprise Zone tax exemption and Job Creation Tax Credit, Sutphen decided to expand in Springfield, investing nearly $2 million in new construction ($600,000), new machinery and equipment ($125,000), furniture and fixtures ($95,000) and new inventory ($1.1 million).  The company will get a 45 percent five-year Job Creation Tax Credit, worth about $75,000, and a 10-year, 60 percent Enterprise Zone abatement on the 17,000 sf expansion to their building.  Sutphen, which had 74-fulltime and four part-time employees last year, planned to add 25 new fulltime jobs in the first three years.  Wages will average between $17 and $18 an hour.

Press Conference & Open House – May 27, 2009

On May 27, at 2:00 pm, Sutphen will be holding a press conference and open house at their 1701 Urbana Rd. location to celebrate their recent expansion and the introduction of its new “C” Series that is now being built there.    Company officials said the less expensive commercial line opens up new markets, such as volunteer fire departments and many cities operating on limited budgets during difficult economic times.  The new product will be built on the International 4400 commercial chassis, supplied by the nearby Navistar plant.  The company anticipates building 15 of the “C” series trucks this year and projects making 60 annually in the future.  It expects to manufacture 200 “custom” trucks in Springfield this year.  People can RSVP to come to the event by emailing Amy Miller at

>> Sutphen’s website:
>> Sutphen’s News Page:
>> Sutphen’s history:
>>Sutphen Complex 1 (on GIS):
>> Sutphen pics on Flikr:
>> Clark County extends Enterprise Zone:
>> Dayton Daily News article on JCTC (2008):
>> ODOD Press Release on JCTC (2008):
>> DBJ article on expansion (2008):
>> SNS article on C-series (2008):
>> SNS article on HITS program & Sutphen (2008):
>> Dublin This Week article on Discovery Channel:


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