Spartan Chassis Teams With Fouts Bros. and PolyBilt to Deliver a Custom Pumper With an Integrated Polyprene Body and Tank

Spartan Chassis Teams With Fouts Bros. and PolyBilt to Deliver a Custom Pumper
With an Integrated Polyprene Body and Tank

This Industry First is Featured on a Spartan Metro Star-X Chassis and is on
Display in Booth No. 8427

INDIANAPOLIS, April 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan Chassis, a subsidiary
of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), Fouts Bros. and PolyBilt today unveiled
their apparatus, the CMP 300, at the Fire Department Instructors Conference
(FDIC). The CMP 300 integrates a Polyprene body and tank, a first for the
emergency response industry. This innovative construction enables many
operational benefits including larger compartments, the ability to carry more
water on-board, along with a lower center of gravity to improve vehicle
stability. Built on the Metro Star-X Custom Spartan Chassis, the truck will be
sold by Fouts Bros. Fire Equipment and will be on display in booth 8427
through Saturday.

"American fire trucks are typically made out of aluminum or stainless steel,"
says Dennis Schneider, President of Spartan Emergency Response, "however
Polyprene models are attractive because of their lower cost, reduced weight
and excellent durability. PolyBilt is a pioneering supplier of poly-based
bodies, so we are were pleased to have the partnership with Fouts Bros.,
PolyBilt and Spartan as this truck is about redefining technology."

The PolyBilt body's strength and flexibility reduces shock transfers through
the body in the event of a high-speed collision, keeping damage to a minimum.
Additionally, its lighter weight body carries more equipment in larger
compartments, is heat resistant (vehicle paint will ignite and tires will melt
before the body is affected) and the body is less likely to rust, corrode,
crack, chip or peel.

"Spartan Chassis and PolyBilt are renowned suppliers in the emergency response
vehicle industry," says Scott Edens, president and CEO of Fouts Bros. "We
pride ourselves on manufacturing affordable products that provide great value
to our customers and the CMP 300 will be an important vehicle in our lineup."

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

D.R.I.V.E.

  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 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
www.spartanchassis.com.

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
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
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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
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CONTACT: Russell T. Chick
         Corporate Director of Marketing
         Spartan Motors, Inc.
         517.997.3852