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American LaFrance (ALF) is an American manufacturer of fire engines, antennas, and various special equipment such as ambulances and rescue vehicles. The company is located in Summerville, South Carolina.
In 1995, the company was acquired by Freightliner LLC, which is a subsidiary of Daimler AG. Freightliner continued to use the original American LaFrance nameplates and designations.
Most of the products began to be manufactured on the Freightliner chassis, and ALF provided additional facilities in Pennsylvania, Florida, and New York.
On January 28, 2008, American LaFrance filed for bankruptcy, blaming the reasons for this problem with the introduction of a new enterprise resource planning system from IBM.
On July 25, 2008, the company was put out of bankruptcy with a revised business plan, which involved transferring part of the production of fire engine housings to the remaining branches in Hamburg and Efrat.
The Summerville plant continues to manufacture cabs and chassis for fire engines, but is now focusing on the production of professional vehicles and the Condor line of vehicles.