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Spartan Emergency Response Secures Contract With City of Philadelphia

CHARLOTTE, Mich., July 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan Emergency Response ("Spartan"), a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPAR), has secured a one-year contract with the City of Philadelphia to design and build Spartan pumpers. The contract includes provisions for an extension of up to three additional years.

"We are thrilled to emerge as the winning manufacturer following this competitive bid process," said Dan Slater, Spartan Emergency Response, Division President. "Philadelphia has demonstrated a renewed commitment to the safety of its people and its firefighters by placing a high value on the industry-leading safety, maneuverability and performance features, which differentiate a Spartan. The partnership with Campbell Supply, our local dealer, played a significant role in winning Philadelphia's business."

Philadelphia's crowded streets and city-wide tight 90 degree turns present unique challenges to first responders rushing to the scene of a fire. Accordingly, the Philadelphia Fire Department sets their fleet specifications based on superior safety standards which demand advanced stability and maneuverability, leading protective system innovations and technologies, which yield increased performance throughout the product lifecycle. In response, the pumpers Spartan builds for the City of Philadelphia will include first-to-market safety provisions such as the Spartan Advanced Protection System (APS®), to ensure firefighters stay safe en route to and from the fire.

The fire apparatus will be built on the 94" Spartan Metro Star MFD chassis with a 173" wheelbase to garner additional maneuverability. Additional vehicle customizations will be made to achieve a tighter turning radius and accommodate Philadelphia's unique cityscape and confined areas. The trucks will come equipped with a 500 gallon water tank and a Waterous 1,500 GPM pump for maximum output and control, custom-configured rear-facing attack lines to keep the hoses from interfering with the pump operator—even in the most confined spaces—and low hose beds for safer, more precise hose deployment.

"Campbell Supply Co. has a long history of supplying fire apparatus to the City of Philadelphia that dates back to the early 1970's," stated Scott Campbell, Vice President, Campbell Supply Co. LLC. "We consider it a privilege to once again support the city, under this valued contract, by providing state of the art equipment, built and supplied by Spartan."

For one of the busiest metropolitan fire departments in the country, Philadelphia's fleet must be able to withstand the wear and tear associated with heavy repetitive use. From extreme-duty interiors made to handle demanding duty cycles, to reduced maintenance and upkeep requirements, to innovations designed by firefighters for firefighters to ensure their en route and on-the-scene safety, selecting Spartan Emergency Response vehicles for their growing fleet was the right decision for the City of Philadelphia.

About Spartan Emergency Response

Drawing on more than 130 years of excellence in fire truck manufacturing, Spartan Emergency Response is a world-class leader in the design, engineering and flexible production of the most powerful and reliable emergency response apparatus, cabs and chassis on the market. Spartan Emergency Response manufactures a full line of pumpers, tankers, rescues, aerials, quick-attack/urban interface vehicles and other emergency-rescue vehicles on both custom and commercial chassis from its facilities in Michigan, Pennsylvania and South Dakota. For more information, visit www.spartaner.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 and Indiana. Spartan reported sales of $507 million in 2014 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.

About Campbell Supply Co.

Campbell Supply Co. is a family owned second-generation company and the area leader in Fire Apparatus Sales and Service, for over 45 years. Campbell Supply Co., LLC services all brands of fire apparatus from their South Brunswick NJ, Newark NJ, and Montgomery NY Service facilities. Campbell Supply Co. LLC currently represents Spartan Emergency Response, Wheeled Coach ambulances, ASAP Emergency Vehicles, and Allmand Light Trailers. Visit Campbell Supply at www.campbellsupply.com

CONTACT: Media Contact: Russell T. Chick Corporate Director of Marketing Spartan Motors, Inc. 517.997.3852Source:Spartan Motors, Inc.