This month, we celebrate one of our best-known customers based right here in our hometown: E-ONE.
In 1974, a small group of people led by Robert Wormser founded a company in Ocala, Florida to manufacture fire trucks, with 25 employees. From the start, the company was innovative, the first in the industry to produce an extruded aluminum fire truck.
You could say things worked out for the fledgling small business. This year, E-One celebrates its 50th anniversary as a leading producer of fire trucks, employing more than 1,000 people.
The company makes emergency vehicles, rescue trucks, aerial fire trucks, rescue pumpers and custom fire apparatus, including aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicles.
“E-ONE manufacturers fire apparatus for customers throughout the United States and Canada and around the world,” said David Moore, marketing communications coordinator.
E-ONE is one of the biggest players in an expanding market. Reuters recently reported that the market for fire trucks reached $2 billion last year, and is expected to hit $3 billion within five years.
As part of the company’s year-long 50th anniversary celebration, E-ONE wanted a commemorative keepsake. They turned to TJM for a custom commemorative challenge coin. The coins will be available to customers and staff at company headquarters.
“We went with the gold color for this coin since it’s for our 50th year in business," Moore said. "We know this is going to be a big seller in our store and a big gift item!”
Because E-ONE trucks and other apparatus are custom-built, buyers from fire departments around the country typically travel to Ocala to review the production and to take delivery of the finished product.
“We have a company store called the Fire Locker where we sell E-ONE merchandise to our customers and to our employees,” Moore said. “Our customers and employees take pride in E-ONE and the fire trucks we manufacture. so they enjoy wearing the E-ONE brand.”
TJM has been a trusted supplier to E-ONE for several years.
“We have purchased a variety of items from TJM Promos – caps, T-shirts, hoodies, polos, cups and more,” Moore said. “I heard about your company through social media and knew some employees. I was looking for a local company that could produce promotional T-shirts and items for our store. We like to contribute to our local economy by supporting local businesses. It also saves us money on shipping costs by being able to pick the items up from their facility.
A key factor is TJM’s ability to provide a high volume of products when needed.
“We also have used TJM Promos to produce large quantities of T-shirts for special employee events and promotions,” Moore said. “With over 1,000 employees between our facilities in Ocala and Hamburg, NY, those numbers can quickly add up. TJM Promos is always ready to help us no matter the size of the order.”
Moore offered praise for the TJM staff members he deals with most frequently.
“Lena (Ruotolo) is always great to work with, whether it’s a large order or something we need quickly, she’s always very helpful in letting me know what our options are. And the guys in the back are always great helping to load up the boxes of items we ordered. TJM always does a good job for us and our customers like the products. We will continue to order challenge coins and other products from TJM Promos!”
Thanks, David, for that vote of confidence in TJM! We appreciate E-One’s support of local businesses, and we are honored to be able to be part of the company’s 50th anniversary celebration. We look forward to many more years of collaboration with one of our community’s leading companies.
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Rick Cundiff spent 15 years as a newspaper journalist before joining TJM Promos. He has been researching and writing about promotional products for more than 10 years. He believes in the Oxford comma, eradicating the word "utilize," and Santa Claus.