U.S. firetruck maker files for bankruptcy, blames IBM


By James B. Kelleher CHICAGO, Jan 28 (Reuters) - American LaFrance, a U.S. maker of firetrucks, ambulances and other emergency vehicles, filed for bankruptcy court protection on Monday, saying a botched software switch last summer involving IBM crippled production and threw its finances into chaos. In documents filed with a U.S. bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Delaware, privately held ALF, which was spun off from Daimler AG's Freightliner unit in late 2005, blamed back-office computer ...

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