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Spartan ERV Announces New Distribution in South Carolina

BRANDON, S.D., Nov. 20, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan ERV (Emergency Response Vehicles), a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR) announced today the addition of a new dealer in North America. Located in Sumter, SC, G & G Metal Fabrication, Inc. – Fire Equipment Services (FES) has served as a fixture in the South Carolina fire industry. Entering its 28th year of continuous operation, G & G/FES has built a sizable business by combining expert knowledge of fire operations and the equipment needs of the firefighter with an extensive capabilities-set including local body/apparatus development, up-fit, mobile service, testing and maintenance.

"FES has over 900 new apparatus transactions to its credit so we are very bullish on their ability to drive incremental volume," said Dennis Schneider, President of Spartan ERV. "FES maintains a large manufacturing and service facility in South Carolina. We have found very consistent performance when combining our product portfolio and support system with dealers like FES that offer local up-fit and body development to augment those we offer out of our three manufacturing centers in North America."

Spartan ERV announced a new global strategy for the emergency response market in April, 2012 which highlighted the importance of expanding its technology portfolio and establishing new distribution in key regions. The Joint Venture between Spartan ERV and Gimaex announced on November 12th and this new representation in South Carolina enabled through the new relationship with FES, are clear indications of progress against the Spartan ERV strategy.

"We are excited to represent the innovative products that Spartan ERV has to offer," said Tom Garrity, Owner of G & G Metal Fabrication, Inc. – Fire Equipment Services (FES). "We feel like we are the perfect match for Spartan ERV and look forward to delivering reliable apparatus, sales and support to our many customers in South Carolina."

About Spartan ERV

Spartan ERV™ is a leading manufacturer of custom fire trucks and other rescue vehicles. A business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), Spartan ERV™ is committed to quality, performance and innovation. Drawing on more than 130 years of excellence in fire truck manufacturing, Spartan ERV™ manufactures a full line of pumpers, tankers, rescues, aerials, quick-attack/urban interface vehicles and other emergency-rescue vehicles from its facilities in Florida, Pennsylvania and South Dakota. For more information, visit www.spartanerv.com.

About Spartan Motors

Spartan Motors, Inc. designs, engineers and manufactures specialty chassis, specialty vehicles, truck bodies and aftermarket parts for the recreational vehicle, emergency response, government services, defense, and delivery and service markets. The company's brand names – Spartan™, 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, Florida and Texas. Spartan reported sales of $426 million in 2011 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 G & G METAL FABRICATION - Fire Equipment Services (DRAFT)

Established in 1984 G & G Metal Fabrication, Inc. IS A CUSTOM SHEET METAL MANUFACTURER. IN 1991, – Fire Equipment Services (FES) was established to meet a customer demand for specialized fire apparatus. The Company has a number of current and former firefighters on staff which are critical to defining the optimal customer-specific fire apparatus. With over 20 employees and 38,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space, FES is well suited to servicing the customer needs throughout South Carolina. The company has extensive body and apparatus development capabilities in South Carolina including brush trucks, all types of rescue vehicles, and tenders/tankers. Visit FES at http://www.fes-gg.com/FES_SITE/FES_HOME.html.

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