Utilimaster Enters Refrigerated Market With Seamless Body

Utilimaster Enters Refrigerated Market With Seamless Body

BRISTOL, Ind., Oct. 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Utilimaster Corporation, a
subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), today unveiled refrigerated
and freezer configurations for its truck bodies. Utilimaster can upfit nearly
any van or truck by installing an insulated liner that is completely seamless
and tough enough to support forklift traffic, while integrating customized
shelving and cargo containment.

With today's announcement, Utilimaster is delivering on the promise of serving
as the industry's most comprehensive solutions provider. Built tough with the
capability to deliver optimal performance and maximum versatility, Utilimaster
refrigerated bodies provide a superior option for delivery of perishable

The cooling is provided by an over-the-road refrigeration system with an
engine-mounted compressor, a skirt-mounted condenser, and dual 10" fan
evaporators. Units are also available in self-contained or cold plate
configurations. The fuel for self-contained units is supplied by the vehicle's
diesel tank or an auxiliary fuel tank. Cold plate units contain no mechanical
parts, so there is little chance of spoiled cargo as a result of blower

Mel Shields, Commercial Sales Manager, Utilimaster, said, "Our customers asked
Utilimaster to design and manufacture refrigerated bodies to meet their needs.
The seamless liner over the interior of the truck, made using advanced
polyurea technology, is superior to the current market offering and provides
the safest and most durable solution available. This innovation enables us to
also provide a wide selection of customized interiors to meet our customer's

The FDA-approved polyurea liner is safe for food contact. It provides a
seamless coating over the interior of the truck, preventing food and juices
from being trapped within the seams. Polyurea lined trucks can be cleaned by
simply hosing down the body with no moisture penetrating the coating. The
temperature integrity of even the most demanding cargo is ensured with our
insulation. Injected polyurethane expanded foam insulates all our delivery
solutions and provides for seamless interiors in all compartments. Polyurea is
a fast-setting, rapid-gelling material used to create extremely durable

Insulated Truck Options

  *All Utilimaster body types available in refrigerated version
  *A wide variety of roof-mounted or side-mounted refrigeration units
  *From a florist, to frozen food distributor, the cargo area can be
    configured for any combination of temperature zones – frozen, refrigerated
    and ambient
  *Available in temperatures ranges from 40° to -25° F
  *Available in multiple-temperature/compartment options
  *Standard 3" foam insulation in body
  *Seamless, food-safe interior lining made of polyurea
  *Available with curbside doors for easy entry and egress
  *Available with Aerocap for walk-through bulkheads
  *Available with electric shore power (115V - 230V, single or 3 phase)
  *Custom insulated bulkhead and rear doors

Polyurea Facts

  *Seamless liner surface provides a waterproof, mold-resistant finish that
    is easily cleaned yet durable enough to support fork lift traffic
  *FDA-approved polyurea shell creates an extremely durable interior
  *Whether it is a simple wash, repaint, or more extensive maintenance, our
    polyurea solution provides superior performance for years of service
  *A 100% solid, flexible, two-component Polyurea Elastomer spray coating
  *Utilized independently or in combination with other materials to produce
    coatings, liners, and other resilient surfaces or substrates
  *Produces an extremely durable film at all thicknesses
  *Will not deteriorate, drain, or harm other materials, and is bondable as
    well as paintable
  *Is relatively moisture and temperature tolerant, allowing application in
    the most problematic conditions

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 (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 1,800 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

CONTACT: Russell Chick
         Corporate Director of Marketing
         Spartan Motors, Inc.
         John Marshall
         Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing
         Utilimaster Corporation
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