Spartan ERV Names 2012 Salesman of the Year

Spartan ERV Names 2012 Salesman of the Year

MIAMI, Feb. 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan ERV (Emergency Response
Vehicles), a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), announced
during its annual awards banquet that Pino Natale of Dependable Emergency
Vehicles in Ontario, Canada has been named its 2012 Salesman of the Year
recipient. Natale was responsible for 42 units sold in the 2012 calendar year.

"Pino Natale's attention to detail is something we have all taken notice of at
Spartan ERV," said Dennis Schneider, President, Spartan Emergency Response.
"Pino has the ability to effectively impact multiple markets, from metro to
rural, with his customer-first attitude. Individuals like Pino make it easier
for our Company to reach our desired audiences and provide an excellent
purchase experience."

Natale's business portfolio is very diverse. He has assisted with the design
and engineering of a broad collection of apparatus. His experience as a
firefighter and knowledge of fire department operations, along with his
exceptional knowledge of the Spartan ERV product portfolio, has played an
important role in his success.

Natale has set a new standard for response time by creating a customer-first
culture throughout his organization. Natale is accurate and precise with each
of his projects and always exceeds his customer's expectations and needs. His
customers have grown accustomed to his personal involvement in their business.

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

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 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.
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