St-Georges, Quebec, February 28th, 2018 – Canadian company MAXIMETAL has been awarded a 5-year contract for $ 32.1M to build 35 pumper trucks for the City of Montreal Fire Department.  This is one of the largest contracts in the company’s history, and is the first major contract win since the company formalized its product partnership with US based fire apparatus manufacturer, Pierce Manufacturing Inc.

“This is exactly the kind of opportunity we envisioned when we partnered with Pierce. To be able to respond to Canadian fire departments with world-renowned, high-quality products, custom-built right here in Canada.” said Danny Dufour, the company’s president.

In 2015, Pierce Manufacturing Inc. and MAXIMETAL began a strategic product partnership to better serve the Canadian market.  Pierce® sells the Saber® custom chassis’ to MAXIMETAL who, in turn, mounts its own firefighting body configurations onto the chassis. The completed MaxiSaber apparatus are marketed across Canada through the network of Pierce dealers on behalf of MAXIMETAL.

“The MaxiSaber product has really taken off in the past year,” said Chris Sapienza, MAXIMETAL’s director of business development.  “We have delivered a dozen trucks into the Maritimes, Quebec and Ontario so far, and the project list is growing quickly thanks to the Canadian Pierce dealer network.  We anticipate exciting times ahead for our team.”

“The Pierce team is honored to work alongside MAXIMETAL by providing our Pierce custom chassis to fulfill a long-term contract with the City of Montreal Fire Department,” said Jim Johnson, president of Pierce Manufacturing. “This partnership is truly a testament to the level of commitment Pierce, MAXIMETAL, and our Canadian dealers maintain to provide the highest level of support for our customers.”

Production of the first 7 chassis will begin immediately in Pierce’s US plant, and the first deliveries to Montreal are anticipated for late 2018, with the last trucks expected to leave the factory sometime in late 2022.


Founded in 1983, MAXIMETAL, INC. is based in Saint-Georges just an hour south of Quebec City. MAXIMETAL is a dynamic, innovative Canadian company with 35 years of experience designing and manufacturing optimized intervention vehicles.   Our core specialty lies in two product families: MAXI Fire trucks and MAXI Utility trucks. The company holds ISO9001:2008 certification and is dedicated to providing fire departments and utility customers with quality built, custom-outfitted apparatus engineered to the highest standards.  To learn more about MAXIMETAL, visit

About Pierce Manufacturing

Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation [NYSE: OSK] company, is the leading North American manufacturer of custom fire apparatus. Products include custom and commercial pumpers, aerials, rescue trucks, wildland trucks, mini-pumpers, elliptical tankers, and homeland security apparatus. In addition, Pierce designs its own foam systems and was the first company to introduce frontal airbags and the Side Roll Protection system to fire apparatus. To learn more about Pierce, visit


Christopher Sapienza

Director, Business Development

(418) 228-6637

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