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Andrea Roth, Star of 'Rescue Me,' to Make FDIC Appearances on Behalf of Spartan Motors

INDIANAPOLIS, April 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Andrea Roth, best known as the estranged ex-wife of Denis Leary's firefighter character on "Rescue Me," will be appearing today and Friday in two Spartan booths at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC).

"We invited Andrea to participate at FDIC months ago because her true-to-life role in 'Rescue Me' celebrated the remarkable contributions and highlighted the sacrifices made by firefighters throughout North America," said Dennis Schneider, President of Spartan Emergency Response. "It's especially timely following the tragedies last week at the Boston Marathon and in West, Texas, when emergency response personnel, including dozens of firefighters, ran directly into the teeth of danger to assist the injured.

"Spartan is proud to support the heroic efforts of firefighters on a regular basis and we've invited Andrea to help us celebrate the virtues of the fire service and firefighters. Spartan also sponsors the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) through the National Junior Firefighter Program as well as FAMA/FEMSA," said Schneider.

Roth, a Canadian-born actress who has appeared in numerous feature films and small-screen dramas, will be signing autographs and available for photos today from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Spartan Chassis booth (no. 2510) and from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Spartan ERV booth (no. 2423). On Friday, Roth will be at the Spartan ERV booth from 10 a.m. – noon and at the Spartan Chassis booth from 2 – 4 p.m.

"I appeared in 93 episodes of 'Rescue Me', which provided me with unique insights into the amazing people who risk their lives daily," says Roth, who most recently made regular appearances on the CW's "Ringer." "These men and women are true heroes, which is why I'm excited to participate at FDIC."

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 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.

This release contains several forward-looking statements that are not historical facts, including statements concerning our business, strategic position, financial strength, future plans, objectives, and the performance of our products. These statements can be identified by words such as "believe," "expect," "intend," "potential," "future," "may," "will," "should," and similar expressions regarding future expectations. These forward-looking statements involve various known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that are difficult to predict with regard to timing, extent, and likelihood. Therefore, actual performance and results may materially differ from what may be expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. Factors that could contribute to these differences include operational and other complications that may arise affecting the implementation of our plans and business objectives; continued pressures caused by economic conditions and the pace and extent of the economic recovery; challenges that may arise in connection with the integration of new businesses or assets we acquire or the disposition of assets; issues unique to government contracting, such as competitive bidding processes, qualification requirements, and delays or changes in funding; disruptions within our dealer network; changes in our relationships with major customers, suppliers, or other business partners, including Isuzu; changes in the demand or supply of products within our markets or raw materials needed to manufacture those products; and changes in laws and regulations affecting our business. Other factors that could affect outcomes are set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which are available at www.sec.gov or our website. All forward-looking statements in this release are qualified by this paragraph. Investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements in this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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