Spartan Chassis Opens Two New Facilities

Spartan Chassis, Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. announced the opening today of two new manufacturing facilities near its headquarters in Charlotte, Mich., to meet increased demand from its military OEM customers.

Spartan spent $8 million earlier this year to purchase and renovate the buildings, which will be used primarily to supply and integrate key chassis components for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. According to company estimates, the increased demand and purchase of the new facilities, which total 80,000 square-feet, have resulted in approximately 100 new jobs at the company. Moving this work to the new facilities will also create additional capacity at Spartan's other facilities to allow for continued growth in its fire truck and motorhome chassis production lines.

"Since we purchased the new facilities back in April of this year, Spartan Chassis has continued to win orders at an impressive pace," said Richard Schalter, president of Spartan Chassis. "These new facilities will help provide us the additional capacity we need to meet the sustained demand we are seeing for our specialty chassis products, which includes more than $100 million worth of new contracts for MRAP vehicles in the past two months."

Over the past two months, Spartan Chassis has announced that it has secured military contracts from three major defense contractors including:

* $30 million subcontract order from Force Protection, Inc.
* $28 million subcontract order from General Dynamics Land Systems
* $53 million subcontract order from BAE Systems

The MRAP vehicles are designed to protect their occupants from a combination of mines, rocket-propelled grenades, or RPGs, and improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, through their V-shaped hull, raised chassis and improved armor. According to U.S. government reports, roadside bombs and IEDs account for 70 percent of U.S. deaths and injuries in Iraq.

"These facility additions will allow Spartan Chassis to operate more efficiently, with specialized production and focus at each facility," said John Sztykiel, president and CEO of Spartan Motors.

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