Spartan Chassis Expands Product Portfolio With Launch of Ladder-Equipped
Spartan Chassis Leveraging Its Existing Product Portfolio to Enhance
INDIANAPOLIS, April 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan Chassis, a subsidiary
of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), expanded its product offering with the
launch of Series 75 Aerial debuted at the Fire Department Instructors
Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Ind. A cab and a chassis with a mounted 75'
aerial ladder, the Series 75 immediately expands the market opportunity of its
44 Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) partners.
"The release of the Series 75 allows for greater breadth of opportunity for
all of our OEMs," said Dennis Schneider, President of Spartan Emergency
Response. "The line provides a field-proven product that meets the needs of
the emergency response market. Within the next year, the product offering will
be quickly expanded to include a 100' platform."
Comprised of an all-steel chassis, the Series 75 Aerial provides the option to
operate as an attack engine or ladder truck. Easy to maneuver in tight areas,
the Series 75 Aerial enables fast knockdown with its 500 gallon water
capacity. Offering great overall serviceability and low cost of ownership,
this line of ladder-equipped cab/chassis is NFPA-compliant and delivers
superior overall performance.
Additionally, Spartan Chassis has further expanded the market for its 44 OEM
partners with the introduction of the Latitude, a one-of-a-kind device that
redefines versatility. The Latitude combines multiple functions into a single
multi-function tool: (i) Reach: a boom which elevates 28', (ii) Brute Force:
it can lift up to 1,000 lbs., (iii) Power Extension: the Latitude provides
both hydraulic and compressed air to deliver power where it is needed, (iv)
Illumination: 6,000 watts of halogen light, (v) Elevated Master Stream:
including 360 degrees of rotation and extension of -10 degrees to +90 degrees.
The introduction of the Series 75 and Latitude illustrate Spartan Chassis'
continued efforts to support the business growth of all 44 OEM partners. These
two introductions are driven by the strategy to leverage and extend the
Company's core markets.
Spartan Motors' business strategy is embodied in The Spartan D.R.I.V.E. Plan,
a five-point business approach.
oRedefining Technology and Innovation, Develop Exciting Products Value
oIntegration of the Enterprise to Achieve Operational Improvement
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
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
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position, financial strength, future plans, objectives, and the performance of
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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
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CONTACT: Russell T. Chick
Corporate Director of Marketing
Spartan Motors, Inc.
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