Spartan Motor's Diana Devlin Honored With STEP Award

Spartan Motor's Diana Devlin Honored With STEP Award

CHARLOTTE, Mich., Feb. 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan Motors, Inc.
(Nasdaq:SPAR) today announced that Diana Devlin, Vice President, Information
Services and Technology (IST), Spartan Motors was selected by The
Manufacturing Institute, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, University of
Phoenix, and Deloitte for a Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology,
Engineering and Production) Award. The ceremony begins at 12:00 noon today at
the Washington Marriott at Metro Center in Washington, D.C.

"The distinction which Diana has received from The Manufacturing Institute and
the Society of Manufacturing Engineers is not a surprise as she is a standout
talent. Her contributions at Spartan Motors are only exceeded by the
leadership she consistently demonstrates while transforming IT into a
competitive differentiator at our company," said Joseph Nowicki, Chief
Financial Officer, Spartan Motors. "The improvements she has effected at
Spartan Motors have enabled productivity and other gains in all departments at
the company."

The STEP Awards are part of the larger STEP Ahead initiative launched to
examine and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry through
recognition, research, and best practices for attracting, advancing, and
retaining strong female talent.

This program is part of a broader STEP initiative which is a call for action
to:

  *Honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their
    manufacturing careers;
  *Celebrate exciting careers in manufacturing to help change negative
    perceptions of the industry;
  *Help close the skills gap by developing a more diverse workforce and
    attracting, retaining and advancing female talent in the manufacturing
    industry;
  *Continue to ensure new opportunities for women in the manufacturing
    industry;
  *Empower today's current manufacturing leaders to help inspire the
    next-generation of leadership and talent.

"This is wonderful news and of course I am honored to accept the Women in
Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Award! Over the years,
I have had the pleasure in working with other impactful women, so I am aware
of the talent pool and I am proud to be considered in that group," said Diana
Devlin, Vice President, IST, Spartan Motors. "I'm very thankful for the
opportunity provided to me by the leadership team at Spartan Motors as they
have given me both the platform and team to grow."

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.

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.
         517.997.3852