2018 was a year of record growth for Boise Mobile Equipment. New facilities, multi-million dollar bids, production increase and 40 new employees is driving us into 2019 with big goals and the tools to achieve them. Our main focus for 2019 is to hit 100% capacity at each of our manufacturing facilities. Before we look to the future, we’d like to take a quick look back at BME in 2018.
In the past year BME was awarded bids from California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, multiple municipal departments and county fire departments throughout the United States. Receiving these awards increased other departments’ interest in BME allowing us to showcase our wildland fire truck stature.
Winning the U.S. Forest Service bid for Type 3, Type 3 Heavy, and Type 4’s was truly a highlight of the year. This particular bid was 3 times higher than the average bid for USFS, allowing us to increase our capacity and deliver the first 28 trucks early.
Innovation and redesign was a focus of BME in 2018. We were able to innovate the USFS water tenders to have better roll over protection with a custom manufactured cab protector. Along with the tender innovation we redesigned the USFS Type 4’s to provide better occupant protection while in transit.
This year we established our place in the wildland firefighting community and will continue to improve, innovate, and support with our above industry standard wildland apparatus.
The theme of 2018 was growth in every aspect of the company, so what’s in store for BME in 2019? We have BIG plans, involving custom trucks, a company launch, further innovation, efficiency and hitting 100% capacity! Here is a quick look at how our new facility will help get us to where we need to go.
Aside from hitting our production goals, here are a few additional items to keep an eye out for in 2019 from BME:
- First 34 CAL FIRE trucks will be in the field end of January ‘19
- Extended bodies on USFS Type 4 delivery end of February ‘19
- Introducing our new Xtreme (on International GMC chassis)
- Building 4,000 gallon pumps for CA Dept of Corrections
- SLIDEOUT up & running with focus on fire compartments