Spartan ERV Announces Breakthrough Pumper Aerial at FDIC

Spartan ERV Announces Breakthrough Pumper Aerial at FDIC

The MPA 65', a Multi-Function Pumper Aerial Offering a Price/Performance
Breakthrough That is Ideally Suited to Today's Price-Sensitive Marketplace

INDIANAPOLIS, April 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan ERV, a subsidiary of
Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), will showcase its new multi-function
pumper aerial – the MPA 65' that comes from the Spartan/Gimaex joint venture –
at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Ind.
Featured at Spartan ERV booth 2423, the MPA 65' at $350,000 to $425,000 is a
price and performance breakthrough, offering a combination of technologies
that will redefine emergency response, according to Dennis Schneider,
President, Spartan Emergency Response.

"The Spartan ERV MPA 65' is a complete apparatus that is well suited for
today's tight budget marketplace," says Schneider. "We tapped into the aerial
expertise of Gimaex, combined the latest, cutting-edge technologies into a
versatile 65-foot ladder on a single rear axle, and we're able to provide a
price point that can be 30% less than the competition. It all adds up to the
first complete pumper-aerial-rescue apparatus that fits the needs and budget
for fire and rescue departments around the country."

In the U.S., there are over 24,000 fire departments that do not have an aerial
device, and the primary reason is cost. Pumpers are the baseline apparatus for
every fire department. The MPA 65' price point is a breakthrough and a
versatile multi-function pumper. It is a redefining product ideally suited for
today's price-sensitive marketplace.

This multifunctional apparatus encompasses all the features of a QUINT.

The MPA 65' pumper: (equipped for suppression) allows trucks to be configured
with a 1,250-1,500 gallon-per-minute pump, 1,000 gallon-per-minute telescopic
aerial waterway and can carry up to 500 gallons of water.

The MPA 65' aerial: (equipped for elevated operations) possesses a
three-section, 65-foot lightweight, aluminum ladder on a single axle,
multi-axis aerial controls and an automatic ladder leveling system and
envelope controls to simplify setup and enhance safety.

The MPA 65' rescue: (equipped for the field) engineered for quick deployment.
A proprietary body system that reduces weight and offers easy storage, with
400 cubic feet of compartment space.

Spartan Motors' business strategy is embodied in The Spartan D.R.I.V.E. Plan,
a five-point business approach.


  oDiversified Growth
  oRedefining Technology and Innovation, Develop Exciting Products Value
  oIntegration of the Enterprise to Achieve Operational Improvement
  oVibrant Culture
  oExtend Our Core Markets

Building on this plan, D.R.I.V.E. 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 1,700 associates at facilities in Michigan, Pennsylvania, South
Dakota, Indiana and Florida. 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,"
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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
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forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. We undertake no
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CONTACT: Russell T. Chick
         Corporate Director of Marketing
         Spartan Motors, Inc.
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