Spartan Motors Inc. today (June 13) announced the promotion of Arthur Ickes to president of the Specialty Chassis and Vehicles (“SCV”) business unit, which includes responsibility for the RV chassis portfolio, specialty vehicles, defense and government, and aftermarket parts and assemblies. According to a press release, the appointment went into effect June 3.
Ickes will be assuming his new responsibilities while gradually transitioning out of his current role, which includes important near-term projects, such as completing the relocation of the Utilimaster Corp. operations to Bristol, Ind. from Wakarusa. Ickes will report to John Sztykiel, president and CEO of Spartan Motors. Eric West, general manager of the RV business at Spartan Chassis, will report to Ickes.
The appointment of Ickes to lead SCV demonstrates “clear commitment on the part of Spartan Motors to the RV industry and business,” the release stated. In addition to significant commercial and business development leadership experience, he also is an operations subject matter expert.
“We remain very encouraged by the overall market opportunity in the RV industry and the recent growth we have realized over the last two years,” said Sztykiel. “Arthur’s leadership skills will provide an excellent opportunity for us to expand the scope of our business with the existing OEM partners in the RV industry.”
Ickes joined Spartan Motors as executive director of operations in 2005 and has served as senior vice president of operations since 2007. During his tenure as the head of all operations at Spartan Motors, the company “achieved continuous improvement of key manufacturing metrics and in many cases has developed world-class performance within the specialty vehicle industry,” according to Spartan.
Prior to joining the company, Ickes was the director of launch management for Plastech Engineered Products Inc., a manufacturer of precision injection molded components for the automotive industry. He earned a master’s from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Kettering University.