Spartan Chassis, Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPAR), is supplying 25 Metro Star emergency response cabs and chassis to the Beijing, Shenyang, Suzhou, Taiyuan, Wenzhou and Wuhan Fire Departments, bringing to 94 the total number of Spartan emergency response cab and chassis purchased by China.
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.
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.