Spartan ERV Receives Additional 14 Unit Order for Peru
INDIANAPOLIS, April 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan ERV (Emergency
Response Vehicles), a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR),
stated that it has received an additional 14 unit order from Cuerpo General de
Bomberos Voluntarios del Peru (the General Body of the Peruvian Volunteer Fire
Department) in Lima, Peru, as an addenda to a 56 unit order secured in
October, 2013. The 70 units is the largest fire apparatus order in Spartan
Motors' corporate history, and further validates the viability of the
company's Strategic Plan. Production for the 70 units has commenced, with a
planned completion date of later this calendar year.
"Spartan ERV is recognized for building some of the safest, most durable fire
apparatus in the market as evidenced by Peru's order," said Bill Doebler, Vice
President of Sales, Spartan ERV. "This multi-unit contract represents a
significant step of a defined strategy to expand Spartan ERV's global presence
as it is a significant indication of Spartan's growing global footprint. We
value their confidence in our apparatus to protect the people in this region
of Latin America."
The entire 70 unit order will consist of Spartan ERV pumpers built on Spartan
Metro Star cab/chassis equipped with Euro III emission standard engines and
feature the Spartan Chassis Advanced Protection System (APS). Each unit will
also be equipped with Darley 1,250 gallons-per-minute pumps.
The Peruvian Volunteer Fire Department consists of 204 volunteer stations that
serve the entire country of Peru. The first fire station in Peru was founded
in 1860, and the Department continues to grow.
Spartan ERV began pursuing the Peruvian business approximately two years ago
when it first established distribution and aftermarket support in Peru. During
that time, Spartan invested significant resources to learn about the unique
needs of the firefighters and fire departments in Peru.
"Spartan ERV continues to expand the depth and scope of its product portfolio.
Our superior product performance and value equation have assisted in driving
our international business," said Diego Salazar, Spartan ERV Director of Latin
America Sales. "Our dealers provide an additional degree of differentiation.
We are proud to be the solution provider to a department which has a tradition
of well over 150 years of service, and look forward to providing them with
products built to the highest quality standards in the industry."
This contract award validates the global business development strategy
announced by Spartan ERV at the Fire Department Instructors Conference in
April 2012. After forming a joint venture with Gimaex late in 2012 to
accelerate global growth and speed-to-market, Diego Salazar joined the
organization earlier this year to continue Latin American growth. In addition
to Peru, Spartan ERV has since expanded into Brazil, Chile and Venezuela.
About Spartan ERV
Spartan ERV™ is a leading manufacturer of custom fire trucks and other rescue
vehicles. A business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), Spartan ERV™
is committed to quality, performance and innovation. Drawing on more than 130
years of excellence in fire truck manufacturing, Spartan ERV™ manufactures a
full line of pumpers, tankers, rescues, aerials, quick-attack/urban interface
vehicles and other emergency-rescue vehicles from its facilities in Florida,
Pennsylvania and South Dakota. For more information, visit www.spartanerv.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
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CONTACT: Russell T. Chick
Corporate Director of Marketing
Spartan Motors, Inc.
Director of Latin America Sales
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