Spartan Motors Inc was organized as a Michigan corporation on September 18, 1975. The Company is a niche market engineer and manufacturer in the heavy-duty, custom vehicles marketplace. It operates in three reportable business segments: Emergency Response Vehicles, Delivery and Service Vehicles, and Specialty Chassis and Vehicles. Emergency Response Vehicles segment engineers and manufactures emergency response chassis, emergency response bodies and aerial equipment. Delivery and Service Vehicles segment consists of Utilimaster and is engaged in designing and manufacturing walk-in vans for the delivery and service market and the production of commercial truck bodies along with related aftermarket parts and assemblies & Specialty Vehicles segment consists of the Spartan Chassis operations that engineer, manufacture or assemble motor home chassis, defense vehicles and other specialty chassis and distribute related aftermarket parts and assemblies. It has five wholly owned operating subsidiaries: Spartan Motors Chassis, Inc., located at the corporate headquarters in Charlotte, Michigan; Crimson Fire, Inc. located in Brandon, South Dakota; Crimson Fire Aerials, Inc., located in Ephrata, Pennsylvania; Utilimaster Holdings, Inc located in Wakarusa, Indiana; and Classic Fire LLC ("Classic Fire"), located in Ocala, Florida. Spartan Chassis is a designer, engineer and manufacturer of custom heavy-duty chassis. Crimson engineers and manufactures fire trucks built on chassis platforms purchased from either Spartan Chassis or outside sources; Crimson Aerials engineers and manufactures aerial ladder components for fire trucks; Classic Fire engineers and manufactures fire trucks that are built on commercial chassis and offered at a lower price point for use as brush trucks, urban interface, tankers and smaller rescues; Utilimaster is a manufacturer of specialty vehicles made to customer specifications in the delivery and service market. The Company markets its specialty vehicles, including custom emergency response chassis, emergency response bodies and other specialty vehicles, throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as select markets in South America and Asia, through the direct contact of its sales department with OEMs, dealers and end users. The Company utilizes dealer organizations that establish close working relationships through their sales departments with end users. The Company competes with companies that manufacture for similar markets. Its direct competitors in the emergency vehicle apparatus market are mainly smaller manufacturers. The Company's manufactured products and the industries in which it operate are subject to extensive federal and state regulations.
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