Sutphen East is the newest addition to the Sterling Business & Technology Park on Lot 4.  The company builds the best fire equipment available in the industry and focuses on tanker and pumper trucks at the business park location.


Mission Statement

To build the safest, most reliable, fire apparatus in the World, through innovation and customer focus

Innovation - Sutphen East offers innovative new products in the fire apparatus market.

Integrity - Mutually consider each other as a vital part of our production.  Be truthful and honest.

Teamwork - Divide the challenge, double the success.

Respect - Treat others with the same respect we expect.

Quality - We will constantly re-evaluate and upgrade our quality assurance process and our customer service.

Accountability - We will be accountable for our work, and invest the time and effort to do things right the first time.

At Sutphen, we realize that the act of purchasing fire apparatus is so much more than just a mundane business transaction. Everything involved, from the beginning planning stages, to the delivery and acceptance, require time and commitment. We value that substantial commitment you are making with your time. This commitment is why we don't just put our name on our apparatus; we put our hearts into it.



Sutphen began in 1890 as a dream of C.H. Sutphen.  His son, Harry, took an interest in the business and carried it on until his death.

Harry's two sons, Thomas and Robert, joined the business after World War II.  They gained experience and job responsibility over the years, with Robert becoming Chairman of the Board and Thomas, President of the Company.

Sutphen is in its 125th year of operation; making it the oldest continuously owned and operated fire apparatus manufacturers in the country.  Never reorganized, owned and operated by anyone other than a Sutphen, family atmosphere is apparent.

The first official offices of Sutphen were in the Brunson Building in downtown Columbus.  Later, the offices were moved to the Lincoln-Leveque Tower, a stately "skyscraper" that remains a landmark in Columbus, Ohio.  The very first Sutphen fire truck was built in an employee's garage.

Along with their success came a need for larger quarters, so the offices moved to Grandview, Ohio on Dublin Road, where they had three large bays in which to work.  In 1958, two additional bays were added to accommodate the expanding business.  In 1964, another move relocated the company to the present site of the "Corporation", a new plant at 6450 Eiterman Road in Dublin, a suburb of Columbus.


A Family Company for 125 Years

The fourth generation of the Sutphen family is at the helm.  Bob Sutphen's son, Drew Sutphen, is President of Sutphen Corporation; son Dan Sutphen and grandson Harry Sutphen are in sales.  Bob's daughter, Dareth Fowler, oversees the Sutphen Service and Refurbishment Center, where his grandson, Jimmy Holland, also works.  Drew's wife, Judi Sutphen, is in charge of Contract Administration, and daughter Shelby is in Executive Administration. 

Tom Sutphen's daughter, Julie Sutphen Phelps, is President of Sutphen Hilliard and Sutphen East, as well as Vice President of Sutphen Corporation. Tom Sutphen's grandsons, Scott and Andy Herb, are in sales.  Tom's granddaughter, Megan Phelps, works in the sales department, and grandson Steven Phelps is in accounting. 

Although Bob and Tom are no longer with us, their passion for the fire service lives on in the day-to-day operation of the Company.

Today, Sutphen is comprised of five factories.  The main office of Sutphen Corporation is located in Dublin, OH.  The SP 95, SP 100, SP 110, and SPH 100 Aerial Platforms are manufactured at this plant, as well as Custom Extruded Aluminum Pumpers.

Located six miles south of the main plant, is the home of Sutphen Hilliard.  This plant manufactures the SP 70 Aerial Platform, SA 75, SL 75, and SL 100 Aerial Ladders.  The bodies of these units are constructed of stainless steel.  Customers who specify stainless steel pumpers will also have their apparatus built at Sutphen Hilliard. 

45 miles west of the main office, is Sutphen Springfield.  This is the start of the Sutphen line.  Sutphen Custom Chassis are assembled here using name brand components.  Everything from the frame rails to the drivable chassis is handled here.  This plant also produces the Commercial line and our Guardian pumpers.

The newest location is the Sutphen Service and Refurbishment Center located adjacent to the Chassis plant.  Minor repairs to major restoration, and everything in between, is done here, including refurbishments and aerial remounts.

Monticello, New York is appropriately named Sutphen East.  The Sutphen East facility manufactures aluminum, stainless steel, and commercial pumpers and tankers.  Sutphen East handles repairs and service for the local market. 

Reflecting over the past 125 years shows Sutphen's proud heritage.  The company looks forward to an exciting future of continued growth and change within the fire service.




Business Park Location

Sterling Business & Technology Park is situated midway along the Boston - Washington D.C. corridor.  Access to all areas is easily obtained without having to fight traffic congestion that prevails inside metro areas. Highway access is superb, with Exit 17 on Interstate 84 less than one mile south and the confluence of I-84, I-380 and I-81 fifteen minutes to the west.  Located in Sterling Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania.  GPS Coordinates: 41.36,-75.39  For more information:


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