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Pierce Manufacturing hit with class action lawsuit (more)

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Several Illinois cities are banding together to pursue legal action after, they claim, a fire equipment maker stiffed them on warranty repairs.

Bloomington and Normal are among seven cities considering an alliance to pursue any and all legal remedies against Pierce Manufacturing of Appleton, Wis.

Of Normal’s five fire engines and two ladder trucks, six have corroded chassis, including two so badly damaged that they’re out of service. Repairs are estimated at $90,000 per vehicle, which the town wants Pierce to pay for under a 50-year warranty on each chassis offered by the company.

“It is our understanding … that Pierce has been denying similar claims, asserting that the apparatus were not properly washed, considering the salt that is present on our roadways during the winter,” according to the memo. “Our fire department washes each fire apparatus every day.”

In response, the town staff has requested it enter into an agreement with Bloomington, Champaign, Charleston, Decatur, Ottawa and Peoria to fight back. The City Council will consider that agreement when it meets today.


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Pierce Manufacturing hit with class action lawsuit

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Charleston along with cities like Champaign are taking part in a class action lawsuit against Pierce Manufacturing Inc. and Global Fire Equipment Inc. claiming that they violated the terms of the warranty on the fire trucks they have made for the cities.

Charleston purchased two fire engines and ladder truck in the early 2000s over a five-year period from the company with a lifetime warranty on the frame of all three trucks for rust and corrosion damage, and currently, all three have varying degrees of rust on the frame.

Despite this, Charleston Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Tim Meister and the city claim that the company has not repaired or replaced the frames even though it is spelled out in the warranty to do so, as they claim.

“There are multiple cities that have purchased these, same manufacturer, same years we have, and they are having the same issues,” Meister said.

So, the cities of Charleston, Champaign, Decatur, Normal, Bloomington, Peoria and Ottawa are taking action, according to city records. The law firm of Ancel Glink will represent the group of municipalities in the claims suit.

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