05/12/13 121 W, 1 I - + 7 - 3 Slagle's Fire Equipment is Closing

If you haven't heard the news, Slagle's Fire Equipment of South Boston, VA, and Cayce, A, is closing. They announced in late April that they were shutting their doors, due to factors including drastically diminished apparatus sales. The company was formed by Jack Slagle in 1962. Over the past fifty years, each of five sons has been part of the family business. The company both sold and built fire equipment, including hundreds of "Slagle's Super Slide" brush truck slip-in units. Read this VA Fire News story, or visit the company's web site, where a going out of business sale is underway. And here's a nifty history page about the company.

Sad to hear this news. I had the pleasure of meeting Jack Slagle several years ago when I was a Red Oak (Pitt Co.) fireman. He remembered to a T the truck he sold the department in the 70s. He had a lot of great anecdotes and stories. It was a pleasure to chat with him. Best wishes to the family and to the employees.
Duda (Email) - 05/13/13 - 10:20

I Have to repeat What DUDA was saying about Jack Slagle and the rest of the family. Jack helped me find the original owner of my fire truck (Cliffside 702). Both Jack and Barry were very hospitable when myself and a friend took a day to go and raid Jack’s “boneyard”. The whole family is a CLASS ACT and I hope we hear from them soon
Chris - 05/13/13 - 14:50

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