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Spartan to Use Cummins EPA Certfied Engines

August 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Spartan Motors Chassis Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc., announced Tuesday (Aug. 10) it recently received approval from Cummins Inc. for the installation of its 2010 Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA-certified ISC and ISL diesel engines for use in the emergency response market.

Charlotte, Mich.-based Spartan Chassis and Cummins committed a significant amount of engineering resources to the development, testing and introduction of the mid-range engines, according to a news release. With horsepower ranging from 330 to 450, the engines will continue to deliver powerful performance as well as improved efficiency and durability.

“Customers in the emergency-response market have a range of needs, and most of them require high levels of capability,” said John Sztykiel, president and CEO of Spartan Motors. “Spartan and Cummins worked productively together to validate the installation of the 2010 technology, and I am confident that the value, innovation and performance of our products integrated with these diesel engines will meet — if not surpass — the expectations of our customers.”

The new diesel engines are available for hands-on training during Spartan’s 16th Annual Fire Truck Training Conference which began Sunday in Lansing, Mich. Fire truck service personnel from across North America have come to the event for rigorous training on the company’s products and services, including the Gladiator, Metro Star and Furion emergency-response cab and chassis.

Sztykiel added, “New requirements often result in added complexity for vehicle components and systems. Knowledge then becomes critical in holding down the cost of repairs and maintaining these vehicles. Spartan provides the preventative maintenance, troubleshooting and service information needed by technicians to make sure their truck, or fleet, is ready for the next call.”

Spartan’s training conference will provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding and hands-on demonstrations of vehicle components and systems. Several of the 35 courses led by instructors from major suppliers of fire vocational equipment and Spartan Chassis training specialists will provide preparation for Emergency Vehicle Technician (EVT) Certification exams to be held during the week.

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Spartan Motors Chassis Inc. Names Top Suppliers

March 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Spartan Motors Chassis Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors Inc., recognized its top-performing suppliers at its 8th Annual Supplier Conference Wednesday (March 17) in Charlotte, Mich.

“Spartan strives to procure high quality products and services that are delivered on time to support daily operations, but are also innovative and add value to the Spartan Chassis product lines,” Jeremy Wilson, director of supply chain management, stated in a news release. “Spartan’s suppliers play a critical role in ensuring our success in today’s competitive environment.”

The following companies met or exceeded Spartan’s standards of excellence for 2009:

  • Allison Transmission, Indianapolis.
  • American Cooling Systems, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
  • Bolton Conductive Systems, Walled Lake, Mich.
  • Formed Solutions Inc., Holland, Mich.
  • Harris Battery Co. Inc., Bolivar, Ohio.
  • Professional Metal Works, East Lansing, Mich.
  • Redmer Industries, Lansing, Mich.
  • Seats Inc., Westerville, Ohio.
  • St. Clair Technologies Inc., Wallaceburg, Ontario.
  • Titan Wheel Corp., Chicago.
  • Vehicle Improvement Products, Antioch, ill.
  • Wiley Metal Fabricating Inc, Marion, Ind..

The performance of Spartan’s suppliers is continually assessed and evaluated by the Supplier Performance Action Review Committee (SPARC). To meet Spartan’s standards of excellence, suppliers must meet performance criteria related to quality, delivery, customer support and competitiveness.

The SPARC awards, now in their eighth year, recognized the top 4% of Spartan’s more than 300 suppliers for their ability to perform on time and on budget.

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Spartan Reaches 3-Year Pact with Fleetwood RV

November 30, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Spartan Motors Chassis Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors Inc., today (Nov. 30) announced an expanded three-year agreement for the design, manufacturing and assembly of custom chassis in support of Fleetwood RV’s high-quality brand of Class A diesel motorhomes, including American Coach products.

“This agreement extends a strategic partnership made up of two strong brands that together, produce a quality product that exceeds customer expectations,” said Tom Gorman, COO of Spartan Motors, in a news release. “This brings us to a pivotal point in our business relationship with Fleetwood RV, where we can now focus on product differentiation and maximizing opportunities in the marketplace for both companies.”

The current agreement extends Spartan Chassis’ previous pact with Fleetwood RV announced Sept. 23.

“The decision to extend our partnership with Spartan was an easy one,” said Chuck Wilkinson, CEO. “Spartan’s commitment to its product and to Fleetwood will create real business value in a market that is displaying very promising signs.”

Per the agreement, the two companies will work collaboratively to enhance the design and effective integration of their products. In addition, Fleetwood will leverage Spartan’s “Coach-Ready” concept to add greater value to their manufacturing process. Introduced by Spartan in 2001, the innovative Coach-Ready platform incorporates additional components installed “below the floor” of the chassis, virtually eliminating rework or preparation by the OEM. In addition to saving time and money, the new platform will allow Fleetwood to focus even more on the interiors and exteriors of the units.

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Spartan Secures Additional Fleetwood RV Contract

September 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Spartan Motors Chassis Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors Inc., today (Sept. 23) announced Fleetwood RV Inc., will begin offering its 2010 Fleetwood RV brand Class A motorhomes on Spartan’s custom diesel chassis.

The contract calls for the Charlotte, Mich.-based chassis manufacturer to design, engineer and assemble chassis for integration with Fleetwood RV’s coaches. Delivery of the custom chassis to Fleetwood RV is scheduled to begin in October, according to a news release.

 “Despite continued economic uncertainty in 2009, Spartan has been focused on leveraging its operational and strategic agility, as well as customization in order to meet customer requirements in the RV market,” said John Sztykiel, president and CEO of Spartan Motors. “Our proactive business initiatives and strong brand have resulted in an opportunity to continue, and expand, a valuable business partnership in a core market. This order is a very positive development for Spartan, Fleetwood RV and the market as a whole.”

 In addition to this new Fleetwood RV brand opportunity, Spartan also supplies all the diesel chassis for Fleetwood RV’s American Coach brand.

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