Spartan Chassis Sets Records at Technical Training Event

Spartan Chassis Sets Records at Technical Training Event

CHARLOTTE, Mich., Oct. 29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan Chassis, Inc., a
subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR) concluded its 18^th Annual
Fire Truck Training Conference (FTTC) in Lansing, Michigan and achieved a
number of milestones validating Spartan's leadership role in the emergency
response industry.

  oSpartan Chassis established a new standard by providing the most
    comprehensive airbag system training, following the launch of its
    industry-leading Advanced Protection System (APS) in August 2012
  oOver 165 Fire Truck Technicians attended the event for comprehensive
    service training on Spartan Chassis products
  oSpartan Chassis Associate, Greg T. Rinehart, has achieved EVT Proctor
    status and can provide customer training as needed at the Spartan Chassis
    HQ in Charlotte, MI.
  oOver 195 EVT certification tests were completed during the event

The FTTC conference featured more than 40 seminars with a focus on three
professional tracks including: (i) basic operation and maintenance, (ii)
service repair, (iii) heavy repair. Each seminar offered fire truck service
personnel a comprehensive understanding and hands-on demonstrations of vehicle
components and systems.

Courses were led by training specialists from Spartan Chassis in partnership
with major suppliers of emergency response equipment and systems. Technicians
prepared for Emergency Vehicle Technician (EVT) certification exams that were
held during the week. Preventative maintenance continued to be the focus of
the event, which was attended by technicians from across North America and
Canada, as Spartan Chassis anticipates growth in the number of departments
that will perform their own vehicle inspections, preventative maintenance and
repairs.

"Holding down the cost of repairs, increasing safety and minimizing equipment
downtime have always been a focus, but are now major priorities for fire
departments already facing intense financial pressures," said Bill Foster,
co-founder and Vice President, Spartan Motors. "Technology, emissions, safety
standards and customization add complexity to the chassis we manufacture.
Communities depend on these vehicles to keep them safe and it is vital that we
offer the formal training needed by technicians to maintain and service our
products to help keep them operational."

About Spartan Chassis

Spartan Chassis, Inc., a subsidiary of Charlotte, Mich.-based Spartan Motors,
Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), 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 the
company 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™, Crimson Fire™,
Crimson Fire Aerials™, and Utilimaster® - are known for quality, value,
service and first-to-market innovation. The Company employs approximately
1,700 at facilities in Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Indiana, Florida,
and Texas. Spartan reported sales of $481 million in 2010 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.
         517.997.3852