AEV Dedicates New Facility To Founder Ed Bauman
Ed Bauman started American Emergency Vehicles in 1990, and throughout his 8-year ownership, the Jefferson, NC-based company did three things very successfully – “grow, grow, grow.”
In fact, adds Mark Van Arnam, the President & CEO of AEV, Mr. Bauman grew the company “from the ground up” all the way to its current position as one the nation’s largest producers of modular ambulances. “Ed and his associates started with basically much of nothing, and today we have 385 employees, working in state-of-the-art facilities, building ambulances that are sold all over the world,” says Mark, who began heading the company a year after it was started by Ed.
Mark and the rest of the AEV team recently honored the company’s 90-year-old founder with a special ceremony dedicating its new “Edward J. Bauman Jefferson Production Facility.” The facility, located just 4 miles from the current operation, is double the size of the existing plant that AEV built in 1995 . AEV will be relocating all operations into the Jefferson facility in Spring 2016 following major a renovation and reconfiguration.
On hand for the June dedication were Mr. Bauman’s two sons – Jeff and Kim; prominent area businessmen; AEV employees; and Dean Sink, President and CEO of Mickey Truck Bodies in High Point, NC. Mickey has been supplying the aluminum bodies to AEV from day one, and according to Dean it has been a “partnership forged in trust, loyalty and professionalism. Ed established the expectations right in the beginning, and he always stayed true to his word. He set the tone for what AEV would become – and that is an outstanding company with talented leadership that makes great products.”
Since 1990, Mickey has produced over 8,600 bodies for AEV and is currently averaging about 600 units a year.