|1/5/2012 9:34:00 AM|
Brazil and Saudi Arabia place big orders
Local fire apparatus manufacturer seeing one of the best years ever
StaffThe trickle-down effect is alive and well, with local workers realizing benefits from a South American nation's economic growth.
Brazil is holding the World Cup of Soccer and the Olympics and it has embarked on a program to beef-up its fleet of emergency response vehicles.
A company in Chisago County is supplying those vehicles to Brazil.
As part of the country's effort to modernize in preparation for these massive international events, Brazil's airports will be upgraded, and the Rosenbauer Group fire apparatus plant, in Wyoming, near I-35, has been tapped to supply Brazil with 80 vehicles.
This is the largest order the company has ever had, according to a recent news release...That is, it was the largest until the Saudi Arabia order came in.
The company anounced Saudi Arabia recently contracted with Rosenbauer for firefighting units valued at $320 million. There are 1,125 vehicles being manufactured in Chisago County, but also at Rosenbauer plants in Austria, Germany and Spain just to fill this order.
The Wyoming facility is on-line to build 350 chassis and 500 vehicle bodies are expected to come from a sister plant in South Dakota.
Rosenbauer Group's Executive Board Chairman Dr. Dieter Siegel said the Saudi order will be produced over the next 30 months.
Saudi Arabia and Rosenbauer have a long standing relationship. added Kevin Kirvida, of Lindstrom, and President of Rosenbauer Minnesota. "We are fortunate to be one of the few companies in our indutry who has not downsized despite the recent economic slow-down. Having a broad base of domestic and export customers has proven to be a good business strategy for the entire Rosenbauer group."