Spartan Chassis Delivers Exclusive Training to Technicians

Spartan Chassis Delivers Exclusive Training to Technicians

CHARLOTTE, Mich., Oct. 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Maximizing value through
preventive maintenance was the focus of the five-day 19th Annual Fire Truck
Training Conference (FTTC) hosted by Spartan Chassis, Inc., a subsidiary of
Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR). The event was attended by 144 fire truck
service personnel from across the United States and Canada, for wide-ranging
service training on the company's products and services. Additionally, several
Spartan suppliers exhibited and answered questions for attendees.

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  FTTC U.L. Pump Testing

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The Fire Truck Training Conference, held in Lansing, Mich., October 6-10,
allows fleet operators/technicians access to exclusive training on multiple
Spartan Chassis products. As more communities face increasingly stringent
budget limitations,Spartan Chassis anticipates growth in the number of
departments performing their own vehicle inspections, preventive maintenance
and repairs. The annual event allows technicians to tailor their education
track to meet their training needs. Throughout the duration of the event over
147 EVT certification tests were completed during the event.

"Encouraging improved fleet management, minimizing the cost of repairs and
reducing equipment downtime have always been our focus, but are now major
priorities for fire departments already facing intense financial pressures,"
said Bill Foster, co-founder and Vice President of Spartan Motors.
"Communities depend on these emergency vehicles to keep them safe and it is
vital that we offer the formal training needed by technicians to maintain and
service their equipment to help keep them operational."

The conference featured over 44 seminars with a focus on three professional
tracks including: (i) Basic Operation and Maintenance, (ii) Service Repair,
(iii) Heavy Repair. Each seminar offered emergency response vehicle
technicians a comprehensive understanding and hands-on demonstrations of the
technical components and systems of the vehicle.

Courses were led by training specialists from Spartan Chassis in partnership
with major suppliers of emergency response equipment and systems. Technicians
prepared for Emergency Vehicle Technician (EVT) certification exams held
during the week.

The 20th Annual Spartan Chassis Fire Truck Training Conference will be held
October 5-9, 2014 at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan. Additional
conference information and registration will be available online at
spartanchassis.com in mid-2014.

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 1,800 associates at facilities in Michigan, Pennsylvania, South
Dakota, Indiana, Florida and Texas. 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
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.
         517.997.3852