Pierce Celebrates 100 Years; 561 Turn Out for the First Pierce 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb
Founded in 1913 by Humphrey and Dudley Pierce in Appleton, Pierce Manufacturing first built aftermarket bodies for Ford Model T chassis. 100 years later on July 13, more than 12,000 people gathered in Appleton, WI to celebrate Pierce’s drive in changing the face of the modern fire industry and helping firefighters across the globe perform at their highest level.
The following day, the first Pierce 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb at Lambeau Field is held to raise money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. 561 people participate during this inaugural year (with more joining in every year after) to climb the equivalent of 110 stories in honor of the firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001.