Spartan to Consolidate Ambulance Plants
Spartan Motors Inc. will close its ambulance assembly plant in St. Paul, Minn., so it can consolidate its Road Rescue ambulance operations in Marion, S.C.
Spartan’s diesel-pusher assembly operations in Charlotte, Mich., will be unaffected by the Road Rescue consolidation.
Combining ambulance production in South Carolina will make the Road Rescue-brand more cost-competitive, said John Sztykiel, Spartan’s president and CEO.
Spartan has a 1-year-old, 106,000-square-foot factory in Marion, S.C., according to the company.
As is the case with the diesel-pusher motorhome market that Spartan supplies, Sztykiel believes the demand for ambulances will grow as Baby Boomers age.
Spartan’s ambulance and Crimson Fire fire-truck assembly businesses accounted for 24% for the company’s total sales revenue in 2002. The remainder of Spartan’s sales comes from diesel-pusher motorhome chassis.