Spartan Motors Announces New President of Specialty Chassis and Vehicles
CHARLOTTE, Mich., June 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan Motors, Inc.
(Nasdaq:SPAR) ("Spartan" or the "Company") today announced the promotion of
Arthur Ickes to President of the Specialty Chassis and Vehicles ("SCV")
Business Unit, which includes responsibility for the RV Chassis portfolio,
Specialty Vehicles, Defense and Government as well as Aftermarket Parts and
Assemblies. While this appointment is effective June 3^rd, Mr. Ickes will
expand his new responsibilities during the 3^rd quarter, while gradually
transitioning out of his current role, which includes important near-term
projects, such as completing the relocation of the Utilimaster operations to
Bristol, Ind. from Wakarusa, Ind. Mr. Ickes will report to John Sztykiel,
President and CEO of Spartan Motors. Eric West, General Manager of the RV
business at Spartan Chassis, will report to Mr. Ickes.
The appointment of Mr. Ickes to lead SCV demonstrates clear commitment on the
part of Spartan Motors to the RV industry and business. Mr. Ickes's
experience, capabilities and skill set represent a marked improvement to the
depth of SCV leadership talent. Not only does Mr. Ickes have significant
commercial and business development leadership experience, he also is an
operations subject matter expert.
"We remain very encouraged by the overall market opportunity in the RV
industry and the recent growth we have realized over the last two years," John
Sztykiel, President and CEO of Spartan Motors, said. "Arthur's leadership
skills will provide an excellent opportunity for us to expand the scope of our
business with the existing OEM partners in the RV industry."
Mr. Ickes joined Spartan Motors as Executive Director of Operations in 2005
and more recently as Senior Vice President of Operations since 2007. With the
Company, Mr. Ickes fulfilled a leadership role which modernized the Company's
manufacturing practices and has implemented lean processes. During his tenure
as the head of all operations at Spartan Motors, the Company has achieved
continuous improvement of key manufacturing metrics and in many cases has
developed world-class performance within the Specialty Vehicle industry.
Mr. Ickes also has a successful track record of improving profitability,
productivity, quality and customer satisfaction in positions throughout the
Americas, Europe and Asia. Mr. Ickes has earned a master of science in
management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor's degree in
mechanical engineering from Kettering University.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Ickes was the Director of Launch Management
for Plastech Engineered Products, Inc., a manufacturer of precision injection
molded components for the automotive industry. Earlier in his career, Mr.
Ickes worked for Delphi Corporation and was promoted to a number of
manufacturing managerial positions during his 15-year tenure. As a
Manufacturing Manager at Delphi, he was instrumental in turning a substantial
loss into a healthy profit in two and a half years by installing lean
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, 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.
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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