Spartan ERV Names Diego Salazar Director of Latin American Sales

Spartan ERV Names Diego Salazar Director of Latin American Sales

BRANDON, S.D., March 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan ERV (Emergency
Response Vehicles), a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR),
announced today the addition of Diego Salazar as its Director of Latin
American Sales. Mr. Salazar comes to Spartan ERV with nearly 20 years of
international business experience, with a career that boasts time in Brazil,
England, Chile and the United States. The hiring marks the latest in a series
of investments to accelerate the development of the sales pipeline in South

Spartan ERV Vice President of Sales and Marketing Bill Doebler said, "Diego
Salazar comes to Spartan ERV with a wealth of international business
experience. He has first-hand knowledge of the fire/rescue industry, having
risen to the rank of Station Chief of the Santiago, Chile Fire Department. In
addition to his work with multiple fire departments, Diego has an
understanding of Spartan ERV, having assisted in several business development
activities for the past year. We are excited to welcome Diego as a full-time
associate, and we look forward to taking the next step in the development of
our defined global strategy."

Mr. Salazar joins Spartan ERV after several years with Roche Pharmaceuticals,
one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, as Market Access
Director for Roche Chile LTDA. While with Roche Chile, Mr. Salazar was
responsible for building and determining the resources and strategies of the
new areas of access, health economics, communications and corporate affairs.

Since March 2012, Mr. Salazar has supported business development activities in
the Latin American market for Spartan ERV. He has focused on tender
participation coordination in addition to dealer identification and

Prior to his work with Roche Chile, Mr. Salazar spent time with both the
United Nations and Ministry of Transport in Chile. With the U.N., Mr. Salazar
was Chief of Staff for the resident representative, coordinating amongst other
things international technical cooperation projects. With the Ministry of
Transport as a Senior Advisor to the Minister, Mr. Salazar was responsible for
developing and implementing strategic marketing plans for all 13 agencies of
the Ministry.

Mr. Salazar has been active in his local fire departments since 1990, having
served on the Montgomery County, MD Fire Department as well as the Santiago,
Chile Fire Department, where he rose to the rank of Station Chief.

A 2002 Master of Business Administration graduate from "Pontificia Universidad
Catolica" in Chile, Mr. Salazar is fluent in three languages – English,
Portuguese and Spanish – and holds a permanent resident visa in Brazil. Mr.
Salazar obtained his Bachelor of International Relations degree in 1995 from
American University in Washington, D.C.

Santiago, Chile will be the primary office location for Mr. Salazar.

Spartan Motors' business strategy is embodied in The Spartan DRIVE Plan. It is
a five-point plan that is represented by the acronym D.R.I.V.E.


  *Diversified Growth
  *Redefining Technology and Innovation, Develop Exciting Products Value
  *Integration of the Enterprise to Achieve Operational Improvement
  *Vibrant Culture
  *Extend Our Core Markets

Building on this plan, DRIVE encourages heightened focus, teamwork and a
common approach. It will align associate efforts and emphasize the importance
of both collaboration and integration across business units. This strategy
will enable diversification and limit exposure to industry cyclicality.

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 (RV), emergency response, government services, defense, and delivery
and service markets. The Company's brand names – Spartan™, Spartan Chassis™,
Spartan ER™, Spartan ERV™ and Utilimaster® - are known for quality,
performance, service and first-to-market innovation. The Company employs
approximately 1,800 associates at facilities in Michigan, Pennsylvania, South
Dakota, Indiana, Florida and Texas. Spartan reported sales of $471 million in
2012 and is focused on becoming a global leader in the design, engineering and
manufacture of specialty vehicles and chassis. Visit Spartan Motors at

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