BRISTOL, Ind., March 31, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Utilimaster, a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), announced today that it received an additional 670 unit fleet order of its revolutionary Reach commercial van.
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"The Reach is a high performance commercial van that delivers value to our customers by providing long-term durability and superior fuel efficiency," said John Forbes, President of Utilimaster. "This order is another significant validation of the Reach and we are optimistic this momentum will continue."
Maintenance and safety were a major focus of the engineering team at Utilimaster. Collision damage, in many cases, can be repaired in less than 30 minutes due to the quick-mount lower body cladding. Safety features include highly visible steps with slip-resistant carbide treads and three points of contact at all entries. The Reach also delivers unmatched maneuverability and is up to six times quieter than competitive products.
"The Reach is a key addition to our portfolio and is a result of the strategy to extend our core business with innovation that redefines product categories. This large order is another validation of the Reach value story," said Forbes.
Over the life the vehicle, the Reach van with its four-cylinder, 3.0-liter Isuzu diesel engine demonstrates a 35% fuel efficiency improvement over competitive products in the fleet. Replacing a walk-in van driven 20,000 miles per year with the Reach can save 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 11 tons every year.
Production of the order will begin in Q2 2014, with an order completion of later this calendar year.
Utilimaster, a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), is a leading manufacturer of walk-in vans and commercial truck bodies for the delivery and service marketplace. Utilimaster designs, develops and manufactures products to customer specifications for use in the package delivery, one-way truck rental, bakery/snack delivery, utility and linen/uniform rental businesses. The company serves a diverse customer base and also sells aftermarket parts and accessories. Visit Utilimaster at www.utilimaster.com.
About Spartan Motors
Spartan Motors, Inc. designs, engineers and manufactures specialty chassis, specialty vehicles, truck bodies and aftermarket parts for the recreational vehicle (RV), emergency response, government services, defense, and delivery and service markets. The Company's brand names – Spartan™, Spartan Chassis™, Spartan ER™, Spartan ERV™ and Utilimaster® - are known for quality, performance, service and first-to-market innovation. The Company employs approximately 1,700 associates at facilities in Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Indiana and Florida. Spartan reported sales of $470 million in 2013 and is focused on becoming a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacture of specialty vehicles and chassis. Visit Spartan Motors at www.spartanmotors.com.
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CONTACT: Greg Salchow Group Treasurer Spartan Motors, Inc. 517.543.6400 John Marshall Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing Utilimaster Corporation 574.848.2004Source:Spartan Motors, Inc.