World's Largest Nuclear Generating Facility Selects Spartan ERV Apparatus to Pass the Huron Challenge - Trillium Resolve

World's Largest Nuclear Generating Facility Selects Spartan ERV Apparatus to
Pass the Huron Challenge - Trillium Resolve

TIVERTON, Ontario, Oct. 29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan ERV (Emergency
Response Vehicles), a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR),
fulfilled a mission-critical role throughout the Huron Challenge - Trillium
Resolve, a large-scale emergency management exercise that simulated a natural
disaster at the Bruce Power Nuclear Plant in Tiverton, Ontario during the
October 15 – 19 timeframe.

Each of five Spartan ERV Star Series Custom Pumpers demonstrated rapid
deployment to supply water which could be used to ensure Bruce Power's
continued safe operations during the unlikely event that all site power,
including back-up and emergency supplies, was lost. During the exercise, each
Spartan ERV apparatus ( was required
to sustain operation reliably for 24 hours. The stringent water flow test was
exceptionally demanding:

  *Draft water from static source of 20 ft. (574 elevation)
  *Apparatus were parked on 591 elevation and required to push water to the
    678 elevation (87 ft. delta)
  *Maintained 1,500 GPM (Gallons Per Minute). Pre-testing GPM performance:

The Huron Challenge event was hosted by Emergency Management Ontario (EMO)
with over 50 organizations including local municipalities, police, fire,
hospitals, the Red Cross, St. John Ambulance and many more. The demands placed
on the apparatus throughout the Huron Challenge were inspired by the
Fukushima-Daiichi tragedy which resulted from the Tohoku earthquake and
tsunami on March 11, 2011.

The Star Series Pumper from Spartan ERV was designed, engineered, manufactured
and tested by a collaborative team from Dependable Emergency Vehicles of
Brampton, Ontario, Spartan ERV and Hale Fire Pumps. The products were
developed and delivered within a nine month window and exceeded expectations
of all involved, most notably the customers at Bruce Power.

"This exercise was a proof of concept and we demonstrated that all of the
enhancements we put in place, including the new pumpers, actually worked to a
very high level," said Frank Saunders, Bruce Power's Vice President of Nuclear
Oversight and Regulatory Affairs. "The team from Spartan ERV / Dependable
Emergency Vehicles delivered an exceptional product that exceeded all of our
expectations; not only our product performance expectations, but our customer
service, delivery and inspection expectations."

Bruce Power is proud of its safety track record and, although it has all the
necessary capabilities to operate safely in an external hazard event, it has
launched various initiatives, including the acquisition of Spartan ERV Star
Series Custom Pumpers, to complement the existing safety systems that will
ensure the company continues its commitment to operating safely to the world's
highest standards.

"The team at Spartan ERV is very proud to have been a part of defining this
high-performance and high-value solution which is now the global benchmark,"
said Dennis Schneider, President, Spartan Emergency Response. "The additional
product breadth and depth which we acquired in 2011 with the acquisition of
what is now our Ocala, FL facility, provides Spartan ERV with the best
collection of apparatus and pump solutions across all of our product lines."

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

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

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world's largest nuclear generating facility and is
the source of roughly 25 per cent of Ontario's electricity. The company's site
in Tiverton, Ontario is home to eight CANDU reactors, each one capable of
generating enough low-cost, reliable, safe and clean electricity to meet the
annual needs of a city the size of Ottawa. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an
all-Canadian partnership among TransCanada, Cameco, Borealis Infrastructure
Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System)
as well as the Power Workers' Union and the Society of Energy Professionals. A
majority of Bruce Power's employees are also owners in the business.

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