Spartan ERV Announces New Distribution in Oregon, Washington, Alaska; and Alberta and British Columbia, Canada

BRANDON, S.D., Jan. 31, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan ERV (Emergency Response Vehicles), a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR) announced today the addition of Vimar Equipment, Ltd (Vimar), a new dealer in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Alberta and British Columbia, Canada. This announcement is another manifestation of Spartan ERV's strategy to up-grade distribution in both the U.S. and South America. The Company added four new dealers last year. H&W will no longer represent Spartan ERV or Spartan Chassis in the Northwest United States.

Located in Burnaby, British Columbia, Vimar is a 37-year equipment company with a proven history of providing quality products and service to the municipal, industrial and contractor markets in Western Canada, the Yukon and Northwest Territories. There the company operates out of a 23,000 sq. ft. facility where it provides service and fulfills parts distribution. In the U.S., Vimar will maintain operations in Portland, Ore. and Marysville, Wash.

"Spartan ERV announced a new global strategy for the emergency response market in April, 2012 which highlighted the importance of expanding its technology portfolio and establishing new distribution in key regions," said Dennis Schneider, President, Spartan Emergency Response. "The Joint Venture between Spartan ERV and Gimaex announced on November 12, 2012 and this Vimar announcement are clear indications of progress against the Spartan ERV strategy."

Michael Roden, President, Vimar commented, "We are very pleased to represent Spartan ERV in Western Canada and the Northwest U.S. as they offer a consistently expanding product portfolio, are known for innovative solutions to custom needs, and are now rated #1 in safety. Together, Spartan ERV and Vimar offer a value proposition that is sure to create customer delight."

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.

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