Utilimaster Enters Food Truck Market With Mobile Kitchen Solutions

Utilimaster Enters Food Truck Market With Mobile Kitchen Solutions

Company Also Announces Partnership With Mobi Munch to Provide Suite of
Restaurant Services

BRISTOL, Ind., May 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Visitors to the Restaurant
Leadership Conference held last week in Scottsdale, Ariz., reviewed a new
modular food truck design from Utilimaster, a subsidiary of Spartan Motors,
Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR). The design includes a commercial kitchen engineered
specifically for franchise and owner operators. Utilimaster also announced its
partnership with Mobi Munch, the nation's preferred services provider for
restaurant brands looking to successfully navigate the ever-changing mobile
dining landscape.

John Forbes, President of Utilimaster, said, "This new product line targets an
exciting and rapidly growing new niche market that is ready for the innovative
design, features and service that Utilimaster is known for.The growth in this
market is driven by Americans that demand unique, fresh cuisine on the go,
with a real emphasis on ethnic choices prepared in a clean, quality
environment.Our new offering is an ideal solution for gourmet entrepreneurs,
as it avoids the heavy fixed investment of a traditional storefront while
opening up broad new markets, from sporting events and entertainment venues to
college campuses and downtown office parks."

The new line of mobile kitchen solutions will be produced at Utilimaster's
Bristol, Ind. Facility and offers a number of key features designed to meet
the specific needs of the mobile restaurant market, including a perfect
balance between operator safety, comfort and productivity, and the ability to
offer the highest quality cuisine.The vehicle's array of highly
differentiated, patent-pending features includes:

  *A proven Utilimaster commercial-grade structure with industry-leading
    visibility and interior headroom
  *Well-lit stations with high-intensity LED lights, modular kitchen design,
    and a heavy-duty Isuzu chassis that includes a nationwide support network
  *Comfortable work environment with ample ventilation, superior headroom and
    a computerized point-of-sale station
  *Significant storage space, with built-in bins, shelves, compartments and
    condiment station
  *Top-of-the-line commercial-grade kitchen equipment, with a variety of
    power sources
  *Modern customer interface, including ergonomic point-of--purchase
    stations, and flat panel menu boards
  *Utilimaster nationwide parts support is easily accessed via an online
    parts store and quick VIN search

In addition to the broad range of standard features, the modular design allows
for a significant degree of customization based on the specific menu
requirements.

The Utilimaster design team employs a four-part project deployment plan that
begins with understanding the clients' brand and overall needs.Utilimaster
plans to partner with restaurant operators to assess safety and productivity
needs to control costs and provide a highly productive kitchen.Utilimaster
offers attention to detail in every component, building vehicles to unique
user requirements and engineering them to be robust and
innovative.Owner-operators will also have access to a superior level of
service every step of the way, from initial design to building and
delivery.The mobile kitchen vehicles are designed to meet California Health
Code requirements, some of the toughest in the country, but Utilimaster will
also work with each customer to research local health requirements to help
ensure that each vehicle is in full compliance.After delivery, buyers will
have one-stop comprehensive service, support and warranty through Utilimaster.

The partnership with Mobi Munch is another example of the Utilimaster
commitment to providing its customers with a full-service solution that is
unmatched in the industry.Through this partnership, customers will have
access to a team of restaurant industry experts.Mobi Munch offers operators
methods to maximize daily revenues and achieve their test-market results,
enabling them to formulate strategies for future brick-and-mortar
outlets.Mobi Munch customizes its client service offerings to determine an
appropriate level of support and provide a unique plan to meet client goals.

"We believe that the mobile food market holds a tremendous amount of potential
for us, but we recognize that it can also be an extremely challenging and
competitive environment for the customers of these vehicles," noted John
Marshall, senior vice president of sales and marketing."We understand that
having the right vehicle is an initial key element in creating a formula for
success, which is why we are excited about our partnership with Mobi Munch to
offer our customers the additional support they need to ensure success."

Utilimaster is targeting a variety of end-user market segments with its new
mobile kitchen product line, including independent owner-operators, high-end
cuisine providers and national chain restaurants.Based on recent industry
research from IBISWorld, the target industry is expected to grow an average of
8.4% annually for the next five years, reaching total annual revenues of $1.5
billion as consumers continue to demand unique, gourmet food options in an
increasingly mobile environment.

About Utilimaster

Utilimaster, a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), is a leading
manufacturer of walk-in vans and commercial truck bodies for the delivery and
service marketplace. Utilimaster designs, develops and manufactures products
to customer specifications for use in the package delivery, one-way truck
rental, bakery/snack delivery, utility and linen/uniform rental businesses.
The company serves a diverse customer base and also sells aftermarket parts
and accessories. Visit Utilimaster at www.utilimaster.com.

About Spartan Motors

Spartan Motors, Inc., designs, engineers and manufactures specialty chassis,
specialty vehicles, truck bodies and aftermarket parts for the recreational
vehicle, emergency response, government services and defense, delivery and
service markets. The company's brand names - Spartan™, 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, Florida and Texas. Spartan
reported sales of $470.6 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.

About Mobi Munch, Inc.

Mobi Munch develops and licenses a curated portfolio of nationally recognized
street food-inspired concepts and provides expert consulting to emerging and
established food service providers and brands. Mobi Munch is dedicated to
creating an innovative consumer experience that integrates cutting-edge
technology and bridges multiple restaurant formats, including mobile.

CONTACT: Russell Chick
         Corporate Director of Marketing
         Spartan Motors, Inc.
         517.997.3852
        
         John Marshall
         Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing
         Utilimaster Corporation
         574.848.2004
         jmarshall@utilimaster.com