Acela Truck Company and General Truck Body recently announced a strategic partnership to distribute Acela Monterra extreme-duty truck chassis. The two companies are partnering to offer North America’s most capable trucks, expanding Acela Truck Company’s growing distribution footprint and General Truck Body’s growing product offerings, particularly into the high-water/flood rescue, firefighting and pipeline construction markets.
General Truck Body will be introducing a highly modified Acela Monterra 6x6 High Water/Flood Rescue Truck at the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC) 2019 trade show April 8-13 in Indianapolis.
“General Truck Body is excited to add the Acela Monterra line of truck chassis to our product offerings," said Glen Maikranz, president of the Custom Division of General Truck Body. “With flooding events becoming almost commonplace, we felt offering the Monterra 6x6 High Water Flood Rescue Vehicle as our first-line vehicle would be ideal for our emergency response customer base. With a growing number of agencies regularly effected by flooding and growing tired of repurposing older, unreliable military trucks, we are seeing a much greater demand for modern, purpose-built flood rescue trucks."
The Acela Monterra features 46-inch tires, all-wheel-drive, 50-inch water fording capability, and a central tire inflation system, which has proven to be the perfect solution for flood rescue response. According to the company, the truck can also serve double-duty as a wildland/brush truck outside of flood/hurricane season.
"We’re also excited to start launching several lines of brush trucks and pipeline service vehicles on the Monterra chassis," Maikranz added.