Did You Know That Minnesota is Home to a Big Firetruck Factory?
Have you ever driven through Wyoming, Minnesota on Interstate 35 and noticed a lot of parked firetrucks and wondered what that was about?
I have, and I noticed that they've expanded into the old Xccent Playground building just south of the M Health Fairview Lakes Medical Center, I drove by recently and noticed some of their specialized airport firetrucks park near the Interstate, turns out, Rosenbauer Minnesota has a lot going on.
Rosenbauer is an international company that manufactures a variety of heavy equipment including some top firetrucks in the world, Rosenbauer Minnesota is a partner of the larger international corporation and makes a variety of firetrucks including a new electric firetruck.
According to a 2019 video, the Wyoming factories employ 250 people and can make up to 200 trucks per year, and at any given time they have 30-35 trucks in various stages of production, about 25% of the trucks made in Wyoming end up in other countries around the world.
The company is now poised to move into the future, making the new RT electric firetruck, this new $1 million firetruck uses two pollution-free 1,000-pound batteries that can charge fast, the company hopes to make 300 of these new firetrucks per year as towns make the switch to electric vehicle fleets.
The Wyoming factory also makes Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting trucks, these unique looking and functioning firetrucks seen at airports all over the world are custom-made right here in Minnesota. Take a look when you're driving by next time, and maybe you'll catch a glimpse.
The company started in the 1930s after a local blacksmith volunteered to make the town of Lindstrom, MN a firetruck, the truck is still on display at company headquarters. The family of that blacksmith still run and work at the company that started as General Safety.