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Manville fire wardens maintain district will recover deposit on unfinished truck

February 25, 2014

LINCOLN — 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.

“The board does not believe ALF will be able to finish the truck, which is approximately 75 percent complete,” board members Charlie Malenfant and Robert Lake said in a press release Tuesday. “However, 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.”

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.

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