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Spartan ERV Secures Award for 12 Units in Chile

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SANTIAGO, Chile, Oct. 29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan ERV (Emergency Response Vehicles), a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPAR), announced the award of 12 emergency response apparatus from Arauco, Chile. The announcement was made in conjunction with FEREXPO S.A. the authorized Spartan ERV dealer in Chile.

The business awarded to Spartan ERV encompasses six product classes (see below) including the new TelStar (http://www.spartanerv.com/telstar/) which is an industry-leading aerial apparatus featuring a 138-foot telescopic and articulated aerial platform capable of an "up, over and down" range of motion to navigate around obstacles such as parapets or power lines and below grade rescues.

  • (1) TelStar
  • (5) Spartan Chassis pumpers with Boomers
  • (2) Spartan Chassis industrial pumpers
  • (3) Spartan Chassis industrial tankers
  • (1) Mobile hazmat rescue & trailer

TelStar is the product of a recently formed global partnership between Spartan ERV and the French manufacturer Gimaex. The Telstar features some of the many product advancements and capabilities enabled through Spartan ERV / Gimaex partnership.

The Arauco award also includes five Star Series pumpers equipped with the Spartan ERV Boomer™, the first-of-its kind crossover rescue that combines five separate emergency rescue functions into a single device that is more versatile, less costly and more compact." (http://www.spartanerv.com/boomer/).

"Spartan ERV continues to expand the depth and scope of its product portfolio. Our superior product performance and value equation have played a key role in driving both our domestic and international business," said Dennis Schneider, President of Spartan ER. "Our dealers provide an additional degree of differentiation. In Chile for example, FEREXPO played a critical role identifying the unique needs of the customer and then formulated the right solution to secure the order."

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, emergency response, government services, defense, and 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 $426 million in 2011 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

CONTACT: Russell T. Chick Corporate Director of Marketing Spartan Motors, Inc. 517.997.3852
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