Spartan Takes Over Chicago with 2010 Emissions Gladiator® Classic Featuring Cummins ISX 600HP Diesel Engine


CHARLOTTE, Mich., Aug. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Spartan Motors Chassis, Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPAR), will showcase its cutting-edge line of 2010 emergency-response cabs and chassis as the Fire-Rescue International (FRI) Conference and Exhibition gets underway in Chicago.

Headlining in the Spartan exhibit, booth #3421, will be the spacious Gladiator® Classic integrated with industry leading engine performance–a 600 horsepower 2010 Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) certified Cummins ISX diesel engine. The Charlotte, Mich.-based manufacturer received ISX installation approval from Cummins earlier this week.

“Spartan had previously announced approval of Cummins 2010 EPA certified ISC and ISL diesel engines earlier this month,” said John Sztykiel, president and CEO of Spartan Motors. “Garnering approval of the powerful 2010 ISX diesel engine allows us to satisfy the wide range of performance needs and expectations we receive every day from our customers around the world.”

The Gladiator will be accompanied in the Spartan exhibit by the Metro Star® and Furion® models. The modernized line-up features redesigned cooling systems and multiple exhaust configurations, as well as customer-requested innovations such as horizontal wipers and 24″ exterior grab handles.

“Innovation has been at the heart of the Spartan business model for more than 30 years,” Sztykiel added. “The drive to take a customer’s idea from concept to production to satisfy their need is what makes that business model work. The dedication of our customers to the communities they serve will not allow them to settle for conventional vehicles. They are truly the driving force behind our success.”

Spartan’s innovative emergency response products, complete with apparatus, will be on display during the show, August 27-28, with several of Spartan’s OEM partners, including: Braun (#2478), Crimson Fire (#3411), Marion (#3479), SVI (#4049), Smeal (#2842) and Rosenbauer America (#5049).

About Spartan Motors Chassis, Inc.:

Spartan Motors Chassis, Inc. is a world-class leader in the engineering, manufacturing and marketing of chassis and aftermarket parts for emergency-response, outdoor recreation/RV, defense and specialty vehicles. End users of our products recognize – and request – the Spartan Chassis brand, which consistently delivers superior performance, exceptional safety ratings and technological innovations that distinguish us from our competitors. Visit Spartan Chassis on the web at

About Spartan Motors, Inc.:

Spartan Motors, Inc. ( designs, engineers and manufactures specialty chassis, specialty vehicles and truck bodies and aftermarket parts for the Outdoor Recreation/RV, emergency-response, defense, government services, delivery and service markets. The Company’s brand names – Spartan(TM), Crimson Fire(TM), Crimson Fire Aerials(TM), Road Rescue(TM) and Utilimaster(R) – are known for quality, value, service and being the first to market with innovative products. The Company employs approximately 1,600 at facilities in Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Indiana and Texas. Spartan reported sales of $430 million in 2009 and is focused on becoming a global leader in the manufacture of specialty vehicles and chassis.

About Cummins Inc.:

Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. For more information, visit or

Source: Spartan Motors, Inc.

CONTACT: Joe Nowicki, Spartan Motors, Inc., +1-517-543-6400,
or Matt Creech, Spartan Chassis, Inc., +1-517-543-6400

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