About Seagrave

The Seagrave team is dedicated to providing highly engineered heavy-duty vehicles, cabs, chassis, bodies, aerial ladders, and other products with superior lifetime value for our customers by concentrating on innovation and continuous process improvements.

Three angles of a Seagrave fire apparatus on a tilt table. The text reads 'A tilt table is just one tool Seagrave utilizes to verify stability at certain angles. Seagrave engineers the characteristics of each truck so the center of gravity maximizes stability and rollover prevention. Additionally, Seagrave is the safest cab in the industry... Seagrave's stainless steel safety cage construction totally surrounds the fire fighters, providing maximum overall protection to and from a call.'

  As a single-source manufacturer, we integrate design, construction, and assembly under one roof. The result is an apparatus built for the best lifetime value that operates under the most severe conditions. One of our unique manufacturing distinctions is our life-saving “safety cage” cab design, which has earned us an unmatched reputation for dependability under the toughest conditions. The cab’s cage design is the hallmark of occupant safety.

Decades of Demonstrated Excellence

  • FWD was founded in 1909 by Otto Zachow and William Besserdich in Clintonville, Wisconsin. It became a premier manufacturer of rugged chassis and produced America’s first all-wheel drive chassis..
  • Seagrave, founded by Fredric Seagrave in Detroit, Michigan, in 1881, is the oldest continuous fire apparatus manufacturer in the United States. The company moved to Columbus, Ohio, in 1891 and remained there until 1963.
  • In 1963 Seagrave moved all operations to Clintonville, Wisconsin.

Today, FWD Seagrave produces a comprehensive range of custom apparatus. Manufactured products include aerial ladders, telescopic boom platforms, custom chassis, and custom bodies. Apparatus built at FWD Seagrave are constructed using long-lasting and ultra-high durability materials such as 3CR12 stainless steel and Polyprene. All products are NFPA, DOT, and FMVSS compliant. FWD Seagrave also produces specialized apparatus for commercial and military applications Experience Matters

Best Lifetime Value Proposition

  • Low maintenance cost and high in-service time
  • Built for ease of service
  • Custom engineered to meet customer’s needs
  • Constructed for severe duty applications
  • Lifetime Values - Customers For Life

FWD Seagrave is a portfolio company of ELB Capital Management, LLC. For more information, go to ELB Capital Management, LLC (www.elbcap.com).

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