Back in November of 1987, David and Susan Glick decided to take a risk and turn their living room into an office to start their own fire apparatus dealership. Over the next three years, with Dave’s knowledge and experience in the fire service and with Sue’s patience and financial management, the business expanded into the basement, the hallway, and even the dining room. Near the end of 1990, the company was growing so much that we had to find a new location. A two-story office was constructed with a two-bay service facility near the west end of Smoketown Airport. Our first mobile service truck was operational within the first year at our new location. In the years to follow, we expanded the location again by acquiring two additional service bays and a separate parts department.
With steady growth in the first twelve years, we decided to partner with Pierce to continue our dedication to providing the best equipment and the best service in the industry. By that point, we had grown so much that we needed to build a new facility to accommodate our customers, and found land once again at the airport – this time at the eastern side. The Bird In Hand facility opened in October of 1999, and currently offers nine service bays, a full time fabrication area, large parts warehouse and attached offices. We had sales representatives located throughout central and eastern Pennsylvania to make sure our customers received the prompt service and attention they deserve.
At the end of 2001, Pierce approached us with another opportunity to grow, this time in western Pennsylvania. We quickly added 22 counties to our coverage territory, hired the Pierce sales reps already in the area, and leased a second service and parts location in Cranberry Township. With so much continued growth, we expanded our western office to a new and permanent facility in Zelienople in November of 2005.
In 2007, we were presented with the opportunity to expand our product line to include ambulances. In sales and service, we cover the entire state of Pennsylvania for Demers Ambulances, and the eastern half of Pennsylvania for Braun Industries. We are excited by the opportunities to continually grow and expand as we look forward to what the future holds for Glick Fire Equipment.
In 2015, Pierce approached us with yet another opportunity to grow, this time with the opportunity to expand our sales and service territory throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania. We readily accepted and quickly worked to establish a relationship with the fire departments in our new territory. Another major change for Glick this year came in the form of our paint and body repair shop. For years we had observed the need for a dedicated paint and body repair facility. With much planning, 2015 was the year we were able to open our own shop and are able to offer our customers in-house body repairs, custom paint matching and more.
In 1987 we started out so small as a family-owned and operated business in, Dave and Sue’s living room. We are thankful and proud to now be a 2nd generation family-owned and operated business that employs over 50 customer service, sales, parts and administrative personnel. It is because of you the customer, that we have been able to pursue our passion for quality and innovative emergency apparatus sales and service… THANK YOU!
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