Heiman Fire Equipment was founded in 1947 by Jack B. Heiman, and has been family-owned and operated locally ever since. Building on its modest beginnings of selling fire extinguishers to the local farming community in Ashton, IA, the company has evolved into a multi-faceted company with nationwide fire equipment sales, fire truck manufacturing, service, and refurbishments, plastics fabrication, and industrial sales and service. Heiman’s catalog sales are still based in Ashton, IA
Heiman Fire Equipment recently finished construction on a brand new manufacturing facility and office in Sioux Falls, SD. This 39,094 square foot, energy efficient building features a 27,332 sq. ft. production area, two-story office, state of the art downdraft paint booth, indoor pump test tank, SCBA and electronics testing & diagnostic center, a truck delivery showroom, customer lounge, and much more.
The new facility combines all three local divisions of Heiman Fire under one roof. Heiman Fire’s sister company, G3 Fire, which fabricates copolymer polypropylene tanks and products, is now housed in the former truck plant. Rosenbauer truck sales are currently managed in-house as well. This allows for more efficient communication and workflow between all divisions of the company, and provides customers with knowledgeable staff during every phase of the purchasing process.
With the addition of the 1,700 ft. showroom, fire departments are now able to take delivery of their new apparatus in-house and walk through each component with their sales reps within the comfort of the facility. Questions, demonstrations, and additions can be addressed and completed efficiently during this time.
Innovation is reflected in every aspect of the building from the energy efficient, automatic LED lighting and radiant floor heating, to the 15,000 gallon in-floor pump test tank. A key new added feature is the downdraft paint booth which pulls paint overspray and contaminants downward and away from the painted object. This reduces the risk of dust and overspray contamination and provides a safer environment for the painter since the overspray is instantly pulled down and away. This also allows for a cleaner finish and less corrections after paint is dry. The building also features a two-story rock climbing wall, and a fitness room for employees.
Heiman Fire has been a stable institution in the fire industry and celebrated 70 years of business in 2017.