American LaFrance shuts down operations

By Liz Segrist
Published Jan. 21, 2014

Moncks Corner-based American LaFrance closed its doors unexpectedly Friday, according to a company statement.

American LaFrance laid off roughly 150 employees. The manufacturer of fire, rescue and vocational vehicles closed its warehouse, production and service facilities in Moncks Corner; Ephrata, Penn.; and Los Angeles.

A truck from the North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum. (Photo by North Charleston via flickr)

A truck from the North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum. (Photo provided by North Charleston via flickr)

“Unfortunately, the company’s unexpected current financial condition requires the discontinuation of operations in these locations at this time, and these facilities are not expected to reopen,” a company statement said.

The company did not file a warning of closure under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, said Adrienne Fairwell, the public information director for the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

The act requires companies to give state government notice of a closure that would lay off employees. SC Works publishes the filings online monthly.

“The company may not have issued a WARN due to sudden and unexpected factors,” Fairwell said in an emailed statement.

LaFrance said in a statement that it will soon advise customers about getting replacement parts and service for American LaFrance-manufactured vehicles from a new third-party vendor.

Reach Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119 or @lizsegrist on Twitter.

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