CHARLOTTE, Mich., Aug. 2, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR) (“Spartan” or the “Company”) today reported that its Utilimaster subsidiary has received an additional order for its revolutionary Reach walk-in van. Demand with major fleets continues to be positive as UPS (NYSE:UPS) announced an additional order for 150 new vehicles.
“The attractive value proposition offered by the Reach is highlighted by this additional order from UPS. This represents an important milestone as we work to realize the long-term opportunities for Reach. As UPS has demonstrated with the Reach, it is possible to achieve improved vehicle performance while meeting a number of green/sustainability goals,” said John Forbes, President of Utilimaster.
The Reach offers several advantages over a traditional walk-in van, including greater maneuverability, improved ingress and egress, nearly 1000 lbs. lower weight and improved fuel efficiency of up to 40% through the use of advanced, lightweight composites/recycled materials, all combined with great looks.
Spartan recently transferred production of the Reach from Utilimaster’s Wakarusa, Indiana facility to Spartan’s Charlotte, Michigan campus, as previously announced. The Company has set up a dedicated production facility within the Charlotte campus where the where it also manufactures the gasoline-powered Isuzu NPR and NPR-HD, America’s # 1 selling Low Cab Forward Truck.
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 1,600 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.
Utilimaster, a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), is a leading manufacturer of walk-in vans and commercial truck bodies for the delivery and service market place. Utilimaster designs, develops and manufactures products to customer specifications for use in the package delivery, one-way truck rental, bakery/snack delivery, utility and linen/uniform rental businesses. The company serves a diverse customer base and also sells aftermarket parts and accessories. Visit Utilimaster at www.utilimaster.com.
Isuzu Motors Limited is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of medium- and heavy-duty trucks. Since building its first truck in 1918, Isuzu has sold over 26 million trucks worldwide. Among its innovations are the first air-cooled diesel engine in 1936, the first two-ton low-cab-forward truck in 1959, and the first direct-injection diesel engine.
Headquartered in Anaheim, California, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. (ICTA), is the distributor of Isuzu commercial vehicles in the United States. Isuzu commercial trucks have been the best-selling low-cab-forward trucks in America every year since 1986. For more information, call (866) 441-9638 or visit www.isuzucv.com.
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