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Spartan Chassis Expands Product Portfolio With Launch of Ladder-Equipped Cab/Chassis

INDIANAPOLIS, April 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan Chassis, a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), expanded its product offering with the launch of Series 75 Aerial debuted at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Ind. A cab and a chassis with a mounted 75' aerial ladder, the Series 75 immediately expands the market opportunity of its 44 Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) partners.

"The release of the Series 75 allows for greater breadth of opportunity for all of our OEMs," said Dennis Schneider, President of Spartan Emergency Response. "The line provides a field-proven product that meets the needs of the emergency response market. Within the next year, the product offering will be quickly expanded to include a 100' platform."

Comprised of an all-steel chassis, the Series 75 Aerial provides the option to operate as an attack engine or ladder truck. Easy to maneuver in tight areas, the Series 75 Aerial enables fast knockdown with its 500 gallon water capacity. Offering great overall serviceability and low cost of ownership, this line of ladder-equipped cab/chassis is NFPA-compliant and delivers superior overall performance.

Additionally, Spartan Chassis has further expanded the market for its 44 OEM partners with the introduction of the Latitude, a one-of-a-kind device that redefines versatility. The Latitude combines multiple functions into a single multi-function tool: (i) Reach: a boom which elevates 28', (ii) Brute Force: it can lift up to 1,000 lbs., (iii) Power Extension: the Latitude provides both hydraulic and compressed air to deliver power where it is needed, (iv) Illumination: 6,000 watts of halogen light, (v) Elevated Master Stream: including 360 degrees of rotation and extension of -10 degrees to +90 degrees.

The introduction of the Series 75 and Latitude illustrate Spartan Chassis' continued efforts to support the business growth of all 44 OEM partners. These two introductions are driven by the strategy to leverage and extend the Company's core markets.

Spartan Motors' business strategy is embodied in The Spartan D.R.I.V.E. Plan, a five-point business approach.

D.R.I.V.E.

  • Diversified Growth
  • Redefining Technology and Innovation, Develop Exciting Products Value
  • Integration of the Enterprise to Achieve Operational Improvement
  • Vibrant Culture
  • Extend Our Core Markets

Building on this plan, D.R.I.V.E. encourages heightened focus, teamwork and a common approach. It will align associate efforts and emphasize the importance of both collaboration and integration across business units. This strategy will enable diversification and limit exposure to industry cyclicality.

About Spartan Chassis, Inc.

Spartan Chassis, Inc. is a world-class leader in the engineering, manufacturing and marketing of chassis and aftermarket parts for emergency response, recreational vehicle (RV), defense and specialty vehicles. End users recognize and request the Spartan Chassis brand, which consistently delivers superior performance, exceptional safety ratings and innovations which distinguish us from the competition. Visit Spartan Chassis at www.spartanchassis.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 $471 million in 2012 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: Russell T. Chick Corporate Director of Marketing Spartan Motors, Inc. 517.997.3852Source:Spartan Motors, Inc.