September 29, 2016 - PolyBilt Success Story










A major towing company in the New York area made the switch to the PolyBilt Polyprene® Body. They replaced their aluminum body package with a custom fabricated Polyprene® body due the harsh environmental conditions and stress the seasons put on the vehicle. They have been very happy with the durability and toughness that goes into each and every Polybilt Polyprene® body.

Recently they were called out to a disabled vehicle that needed a heavy tow package in order to move the stranded vehicle. The tow vehicle got in place and was attempting to reposition the vehicle using the attached crane. This crane however gave way causing the stranded vehicle to come crashing down on the side of the tow truck causing damage to the passenger side of the tow vehicle. Substantial damge was incurred and that vehicle had to be towed by another of their tow vehicles in the area. The damaged tow truck was out of commission and had to be sent back to PolyBilt for repairs. The repairs were made for a fraction of the price that an aluminum body would have cost to replace due to the damage, and the tow truck was back in service in a very short time frame. Had this been the typical aluminum body the cost and turnaround time would have higher and taken longer to service. In this scenario PolyBilt's Polyprene® body proved that it can stand the toughest and harshest conditions, even when another vehicle accidentally falls on it. At PolyBilt we stand behind our products one hundred percent and is why we are proud to say that our Polyprene® bodies are built bull tough.

This story is just one of many that we have witnessed regarding the durability of our product. If you would like to learn more about how PolyBilt can serve you please contact us at 1-800-864-3817 to speak with a representative. Thank you!

April 17, 2015

I attended 2015 Hill Day on April 15-16. Coordinated by the Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC) of Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA), this annual event draws an enthusiastic cross-section of member company representatives to the Capitol. Along with other industry participants, we represent over 100,000 workers in the fire apparatus and fire equipment manufacturing industries. The FAMA/FEMSA/GAC teams joined forces with Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) to meet with legislative staffers, representatives and senators. This annual, in-person meet-up helps connect industry and lawmakers in discussing issues important to the fire service.

Close to 50 percent of the nation's fire and emergency services fleet is more than 15 years old. Couple this fact with the significant demands placed upon our fire service—for firefighters to also be first responders to natural and man-made disasters—and you can quickly see the need for more federal dollars. Federal funding assists local, state, and regional governing authorities with fleet improvement strategies.

It's an honor to again participate in Hill Day. This annual effort is essential to maintaining interest in and understanding of our industry and the needs of fire departments across the country.

Tim Dean
PolyBilt CEO

April 13, 2015

PolyBilt President Daniel Owen checked out the 2015 Florida Tow Show over the weekend. This trade show seems to be maintaining its popularity with nearly 200 exhibitors and steady foot traffic. It’s also a special place for us because we debuted our heavy-duty tow truck body here five years ago.

Our friends at ROM Corporation displayed a small-sized sample of the PolyBilt tow body featuring ROM roll-up doors. (Yay ROM!) It’s always fun to see show visitors do a double-take and ask, “The body’s made out of what?” THERMOPLASTIC material. Then there’s the curious head tilt as booth visitors contemplate longevity. When you don’t have to worry about corrosion or the impact of weather, it gets minds grinding. And that’s when most folks start tapping their knuckles on the body—the equivalent of kicking tires on a new car. “Can THIS material be superior to steel and aluminum?” they’re thinking. Why yes. Yes it is! And we smile while the possibilities sink in.

The trade show season is in full swing and we’re grateful to our industry partners at ROM for helping curious visitors ponder innovation in tow truck bodies.

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November 13, 2014

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32 trucks!!!

Darley delivered 32 fire vehicles (5 shown here)--all built with PolyBilt bodies and tanks-- which arrived in Lagos, Nigeria on October 1st, 2014.

Lagos State Fire Service chose PolyBilt to ensure the vehicles would stand up against tough traffic and terrain conditions that are typical in many areas of the state. This was a major investment for the government and having tough, long-lasting bodies will mean years of extra service life from the new fleet.

October 15, 2014

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I am privileged to serve in the United States Army Reserve.  This year, I had annual training at Fort Dix in New Jersey for two weeks and during a day off, I had the opportunity to visit the site of Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River.  If you have never had the chance to visit this small park on the western edge of New Jersey right at the Pennsylvania border, I encourage you to do so.  There is a great museum and well-preserved historical buildings giving a glimpse into the important crossing during Christmas night at the inception of the Revolutionary War.  It is nice to remind ourselves of the immense sacrifice expended by those before us as they forged a new nation of self-rule and governance based upon individual rights and freedoms. 

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October 7, 2014

Tim Dean enjoyed the FAMA/FEMSA meeting in San Antonio. The meeting was well attended and the weather was beautiful. The two trade associations are working hard to improve the service, quality and safety of products manufactured for the nation’s emergency response industry. San Antonio's restaurant scene is vibrant as well so Tim, Karen Darley and Peter Darley enjoyed an evening at one of San Antonio’s finest establishments.