Marion, Wis. (PRWEB) April 04, 2014
Marion Body Works, a leading manufacturer of Fire & Emergency apparatus, Commercial truck bodies, aluminum custom cabs, custom engineered vehicles, and Defense products, announced that it is celebrating the 50th anniversary of building all aluminum fire apparatus, longer than any fire apparatus manufacturer in the country.
Aluminum is the ideal metal for vehicle manufacturing because of its strength, corrosion resistance, ductility and light weight characteristics:
Curt Ignacio, President of Marion Body Works, is proud of his company’s pioneering use of aluminum in the construction of emergency vehicles. “Most Fire & Emergency manufacturers are using aluminum in at least part of their fire apparatus today, but we were the first to fully understand and offer the benefits to departments and their crews. Its strength and weight saving are probably the most important,” he said. “Lightweight apparatus can carry more equipment and, in the case of pumpers or tankers, more water. The material delivers inherent value and protects a community’s investment in their fire apparatus.”
Ignacio’s enthusiasm goes beyond simply manufacturing with aluminum. “It’s not just that we use all aluminum in our fire apparatus; we’re really proud of our standards for aluminum manufacturing, too,” he said. Marion uses aluminum with an alloy-temper of 6061-T6 and tensile strength of 45,000 lbs. per square inch, while the industry standard is 5052-H32 alloy-tempered aluminum sheet with a tensile strength of just 33,000 lbs. per square inch. That makes Marion’s extrusions 36% stronger than most in the industry.
Ignacio credits the Marion team, many who’ve been with the company for more than 25 years, for making quality in aluminum construction their focus. “Every man and woman on the production line is an expert in aluminum manufacturing, and every welder is AWS-certified in aluminum techniques. Together, we’re looking forward to another 50 years of innovation with this metal,” he said.
About Marion Body Works
Marion Body Works manufactures Fire & Emergency apparatus, Commercial truck bodies, aluminum custom cabs, custom engineered vehicles, and Defense products for customers across the country. Marion specializes in all aluminum products, with more experience in this area than any other U.S. manufacturer. The company’s capabilities include aluminum and steel fabrication, welding, plumbing, foam insulation, hydraulics, electrical and electronic controls and painting. Learn more at marionbody.com.