Spartan Chassis Earns ISO 9001 Recertification
CHARLOTTE, Mich., March 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan Chassis Inc., a
subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), announced today that the
company has been recertified to ISO 9001:2008 standards for the design and
assembly of Military Defense Products, Aftermarket Parts and Assemblies (APA)
and Fabrication with zero findings. ISO 9001:2008, one of the most recognized
and respected standards of quality in the world, is the fourth and latest
edition of the ISO standard first published in 1987, which has become an
international benchmark for providing high quality products and maintaining
excellent customer satisfaction.
ISO 9001:2008 registration is important for Spartan to remain competitive in a
crowded market where customers can tap suppliers from around the globe. ISO
registration demonstrates that a company is operating at peak performance and
sets it apart from competitors offering similar services.
In the defense industry in particular, ISO registration is often a required
quality standard for contracts, so this registration enhances Spartan's
already highly competitive position in defense related opportunities.
The APA team is a premier supplier of heavy-duty products with expertise in
parts for the recreational, emergency rescue and specialty markets, such as
the defense industry. APA prides itself on delighting its customer with its
"can do" attitude, building relationships through open communication and
developing and empowering the team.
"We are delighted to maintain ISO registration, which recognizes our
commitment to quality and continuous improvement for our customers," said Tom
Gorman, COO of Spartan Motors. "Everyone at Spartan Motors takes great pride
in our reputation for speed and agility with high quality. The achievement of
this registration serves as validation of the dedicated team of Spartan's
associates and serves as a powerful demonstration of our commitment to
excellence. Spartan Motors drives each of its business units to obtain ISO
Spartan Motors has a blended growth strategy to give the company a more
balanced revenue stream that is much less dependent on any single customer
than it was just three years ago. Now our task is to sustain revenue growth
momentum while improving profitability. To that end, we developed the
D.R.I.V.E. strategy that recognizes a successful organization is one with
integrated operations and a healthy culture that encourages innovation and
growth. The major facets of the D.R.I.V.E. strategy are:
*We will develop and sustain a product portfolio that will diversify our
revenue stream to weather industry cycles.
*Redefining Technology and Innovation, Develop Exciting Products
*Spartan is a high-end, high-performance brand in each of its markets.
Customers willingly pay more for our products because they place a high
value on the solutions and experience we provide.
*Integration of the Enterprise to Achieve Operational Improvement
*We will match product innovation with more efficient manufacturing and
sales activities. Spartan must generate an attractive profit that will
support reinvestment in the company and earn a higher return for
*To maintain our product leadership and creativity, we will maintain a
corporate culture that fosters and rewards those qualities.
*Extend Our Core Markets
*Spartan and Utilimaster are two outstanding brands that serve our three
core markets. We expect to be the first name customers think of for
services, parts or a new vehicle by providing a superior solution to
their needs or the experience they deserve.
D.R.I.V.E. encourages a heightened focus, teamwork and a common approach
across the organization. It is intended to align our efforts and emphasize the
importance of collaboration and integration across business units. Adhering to
this strategy, Spartan will be able to develop new products, advance into new
markets and operate more effectively and efficiently than before.
About Spartan Chassis, Inc.
Spartan Chassis, Inc. 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 us from the competition. Visit Spartan Chassis at
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
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.
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