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Spartan ERV Announces New Dealer in North Carolina

BRANDON, S.D., Nov. 20, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan ERV (Emergency Response Vehicles), a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR) today announced the addition of First Choice Fire and Safety headquartered in Hillsboro, North Carolina. Established fourteen years ago by Mike Bordeaux, the company has maintained a singular focus on service after the sale which has resulted in excellent customer satisfaction levels.

First Choice Fire and Safety has been rewarded for their customer focus and has achieved Dealer of the Year distinction during the late 2000 timeframe. Prior to signing with Spartan ERV, Mike Bordeaux served as an authorized dealer for Ferrara and (EVI) Emergency Vehicles in North Carolina.

"We are very optimistic about the near-term business prospects for First Choice Fire and Safety, said Dennis Schneider, President of Spartan ER. "Our customers throughout the Fire Service provide mission critical services to their constituencies and appropriately demand the level of service that Mike Bordeaux and his organization have consistently provided in North Carolina."

Visit First Choice Fire and Safety at http://www.firstchoicetrucks.net/component/option,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/

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

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