Spartan Chassis Awarded Multiple Orders From China for Custom Emergency Response Cab & Chassis

CHARLOTTE, Mich., Sept. 1, 2011 – Spartan Chassis, Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), is supplying 25 Metro Star(R) emergency response cabs and chassis to the Beijing, Shenyang, Suzhou, Taiyuan, Wenzhou and Wuhan Fire Departments in China. This brings the total number of Spartan emergency response cab and chassis purchased by China to 94.

Under the terms of the contracts, Spartan will provide the emergency response cab and chassis to Itasca, Illinois-based W.S. Darley & Company in the fourth quarter of 2011 and first quarter of 2012 for the addition of the body and pump systems to fulfill the order. The vehicles are scheduled for delivery to the Chinese fire departments during the second quarter of 2012.

“As a result of Spartan’s customer-centric approach and innovative products, our strong domestic reputation is now creating incredible opportunities outside of North America,” said Tom Gorman, Chief Operating Officer of Spartan Motors. “International customers such as these six Chinese fire departments are in need of unique, premium products that can only be found at Spartan Chassis. We are honored to once again work alongside W.S. Darley & Company to provide customized vehicle solutions.”

Each Metro Star chassis will be customized to conform to Chinese standards and features Spartan’s trademark spacious cab design, which includes a flat floor, various seating configurations and raised roof. The design provides up to 10 crew members with extended leg and headroom, improved visibility and additional space for storage, along with the industry’s tallest and widest cab doors, the widest steps, and the lowest step heights for enhanced entrance and exit safety.

W.S. Darley & Co. will be installing a heavy duty Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) on several of the Spartan Chassis units. This unique system features special pumps with the ability to pump water and foam to the top floors of buildings that are more than 300 meters tall.

About Spartan Chassis

Spartan Chassis, Inc., a subsidiary of Charlotte, Mich.-based Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), 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.

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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(TM), Crimson Fire(TM), Crimson Fire Aerials(TM), and Utilimaster(R) – are known for quality, value, service and first-to-market innovation. The Company employs approximately 1,800 at facilities in Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Indiana, Florida, and Texas. Spartan reported sales of $481 million in 2010 and is focused on becoming a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacture of specialty vehicles and chassis. Visit Spartan Motors at

About W.S. Darley & Company

Since 1908, Darley has been dedicated to serving the world’s Fire and Emergency Services. Darley’s corporate headquarters are located in Itasca, Illinois, and their manufacturing, engineering and research and development operations are in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and Toledo, Oregon. The Ohler Pump Division in Janesville, Iowa was acquired by Darley in 2007. Ohler manufactures fuel and water pumps and has several military contracts. Darley remains a family owned and operated business. The entire Darley Company is committed to customer satisfaction. Darley is dedicated to excellence and offers a diverse line of quality products and services through progressive design, manufacturing and distribution.
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