History – Fire Truck Tank

Fire Truck Tank – UPF Changes History

In the mid-1980s, the founders of United Plastic Fabricating, Inc. evaluated the fire truck tank used for fire apparatus. They determined that they could make the water tanks from high impact polypropylene instead of galvanized steel.  This strong, lightweight plastic when welded using extruded sheet made a water tank with a lifetime warranty.  In addition, while offering a weight savings and eliminating corrosion.

Today’s Fire Truck Tank

Today, the POLY-TANK® water tank for fire apparatus is the industry standard, and the steel water tank is all but a memory.  Following the POLY-TANK’s® success, UPF developed other fire service products.   Other products: slip-on units, large wetsided tanks, foam trailers and elliptical tanks.

Turning its attention to non-fire related products, UPF has applied its know-how to improving tanks for industrial customers who struggle with corrosion problems. In addition, UPF has developed several products for the trucking industry, including the world’s first polypropylene service body, the PolyBody®.

“No matter what your history has been, your destiny is what you create today. What are you going to create?” — Steve Maraboli

UPF Innovations & History

1986UPF incorporated in Massachusetts in a 6,400 sf facility and the Poly-Tank® was introduced
1989Poly-Tank® II introduced
1989Florida plant opened 20,000 sf
1989UPF Protector™ foam trailer program developed
1991Wisconsin plant opened 12,000 sf facility
1992 Wisconsin plant addition doubling size to 24,000 sf
1992UPF Corporate Headquarters moves to 39,000 sf facility
1993Defender™ 2 skid unit introduced
1994PolyBody® Utility Body introduced
1995Poly-Tank® IIE introduced
1996Defender™ 3 skid unit introduced
1997PolyBox® program introduced
1998Ellipse™ Elliptical Tank program introduced
1999Defender™ 4 skid unit introduced
2000Moved to larger plant in Florida 39,000 sf
2002Defender™ 2C introduced
2003Defender™ 3 150-gallon short-bed skid unit introduced
2004UPF achieves ISO 9001:2000 Certification in all three facilities
2005Defender™ 5 Introduced and planned opening of 70,000 sf WI facility
2005New UPF WI opens 73,000 sf facility
2006UPF celebrates 20 years in business
2007Defender S™ Series introduced
2008Integrator™ Tank/Body introduced
2008UPF achieves ISO 9001:2008 Certification in all three facilities
2009Ellip-T-Tank™ introduced
2011Poly-Tank®III introduced
2013New UPF FL opens 78,030 sf facility