Our Truck Stories
Who doesn’t love a bright red fire truck? In 2016 when our local fire department bought its new pumper truck, it no longer needed an equipment truck. Mark’s dad, Ed, who has been on this volunteer department for over 26 years, approached the trustees about selling it to Mark’s Homemade. They agreed.
While on the fire department, the truck was named “275.” Her role was to carry tools, air tanks, and other equipment that didn’t fit on the fire truck to the emergencies. She was an integral part of the Holmes Township Department.
Mark and Ed did most of the renovations themselves. The truck was gutted, and white board, plumbing, and flooring was installed. Mark’s Uncle Jeremy came and helped them with the electric--which they completed in a day! Local companies installed the window, generator and artwork. (The artwork and logo were designed by our friend Kevin.)
As you can see, Mark’s Homemade has left the lights on top and the “Emergency call 911” words on the side as a tribute to her honorable past. (Plus, sometimes needing ice cream IS an emergency!)
Our newest truck, purchased in March 2018, is a hard worker as well. In her former life, you would have found her on construction sites around Norton, OH. She hauled tools and equipment for a local contractor and could be seen in her original bright yellow paint job all over the area. To maintain our branding colors, she will be painted fire engine red. However, her name will be “Norton” to help connect her to her roots.
Remodeling a truck the second time around is much easier in some ways but is still a huge undertaking. Mark’s Homemade plans to have her up and running by June 2018.