Spartan ERV Announces New Distribution in Oregon, Washington, Alaska; and Alberta and British Columbia, Canada

Spartan ERV Announces New Distribution in Oregon, Washington, Alaska; and
Alberta and British Columbia, Canada

BRANDON, S.D., Jan. 31, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan ERV (Emergency
Response Vehicles), a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR)
announced today the addition of Vimar Equipment, Ltd (Vimar), a new dealer in
Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Alberta and British Columbia, Canada. This
announcement is another manifestation of Spartan ERV's strategy to up-grade
distribution in both the U.S. and South America. The Company added four new
dealers last year. H&W will no longer represent Spartan ERV or Spartan Chassis
in the Northwest United States.

Located in Burnaby, British Columbia, Vimar is a 37-year equipment company
with a proven history of providing quality products and service to the
municipal, industrial and contractor markets in Western Canada, the Yukon and
Northwest Territories. There the company operates out of a 23,000 sq. ft.
facility where it provides service and fulfills parts distribution. In the
U.S., Vimar will maintain operations in Portland, Ore. and Marysville, Wash.

"Spartan ERV announced a new global strategy for the emergency response market
in April, 2012 which highlighted the importance of expanding its technology
portfolio and establishing new distribution in key regions," said Dennis
Schneider, President, Spartan Emergency Response. "The Joint Venture between
Spartan ERV and Gimaex announced on November 12, 2012 and this Vimar
announcement are clear indications of progress against the Spartan ERV
strategy."

Michael Roden, President, Vimar commented, "We are very pleased to represent
Spartan ERV in Western Canada and the Northwest U.S. as they offer a
consistently expanding product portfolio, are known for innovative solutions
to custom needs, and are now rated #1 in safety. Together, Spartan ERV and
Vimar offer a value proposition that is sure to create customer delight."

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.
         517.997.3852
 
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