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KME closing Nesquehoning operation


The parent company of KME has confirmed rumors that it will stop production of fire trucks at its Nesquehoning facility.

REV Group says it will continue to sell trucks under the KME brand, but after April 2022, they will no longer be produced at the company’s longtime home in Nesquehoning.

In a statement, the company said it is currently meeting with employees to discuss ‘options and reassignments.’

Arguably Carbon County’s second-best-known export besides anthracite coal, KME’s fire and tanker trucks have been produced at the intersection of Routes 54 and 209 for more than 50 years.

REV’s statement said that the current orders in production will be the last ones made at KME’s facilities in Nesquehoning and Roanoke, Va. Any new orders, and orders not yet in production will be shifted to its other fire apparatus facilities.

REV Group purchased the company from the Kovatch family in 2016. The company owns multiple fire truck manufacturers.