LINCOLN â€” The Manville Fire District Board of Wardens says it now appears unlikely American LaFrance, the company contracted by the district in 2012 to build a new ladder truck, will be able to complete the job, but is assuring ratepayers the $300,000 deposit the district put down on the vehicle is protected and will not be lost.
â€śThe board does not believe ALF will be able to finish the truck, which is approximately 75 percent complete,â€ť board members Charlie Malenfant and Robert Lake said in a press release Tuesday. â€śHowever, we (fire district) remain bound and protected by the terms and conditions of the sales contract and a $300,000 performance bond issued and guaranteed by Westchester Fire Insurance Company, a $2 billion company licensed in both the state of Rhode Island and Pennsylvania.â€ť
The district ordered the truck back in August 2012, putting down a $300,000 deposit, but the vehicle is now six months overdue. Fueling the delay is the fact that Pennsylvania-based American LaFrance closed its manufacturing plant on Jan. 17 due to financial problems.
Full story appears on page A1 of Wednesday's Call.