MIAMI, Feb. 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan ERV (Emergency Response Vehicles), a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), announced Ferexpo S.A. as its 2012 Dealer of the Year during the annual awards banquet at the Spartan ERV Sales Training Conference in Miami, Fla. In 2012, Ferexpo S.A. sold 45 custom and commercial fire apparatus in South America. "Ferexpo S.A., headquartered in Santiago, Chile, has and will continue to play a key role in our business growth plans for South America.," said Dennis Schneider, President, Spartan Emergency Response. "We have seen firsthand the exceptional growth that can be achieved in key markets when we have someone like Raimundo Aranguiz who is both driven and capable, and has the ability to build a team of like-minded individuals. Ferexpo S.A. is differentiated by its capability to add value to the customer's purchase process and build a new company including all the requisite infrastructure for the fire industry. We remain very optimistic in Raimundo's ability to continue on his aggressive growth curve." Aranguiz and the rest of the Ferexpo S.A. team have developed a reputation in Chile as a company that consistently surpasses customer expectations. This reputation, combined with the expert knowledge that Ferexpo S.A. demonstrates, has been instrumental to its growth in this important market. Ferexpo S.A. recently moved to become a full-service dealer by adding service and parts operations as well as its 15,000 square feet headquarters location. 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. This release contains several forward-looking statements that are not historical facts, including statements concerning our business, strategic position, financial strength, future plans, objectives, and the performance of our products. These statements can be identified by words such as "believe," "expect," "intend," "potential," "future," "may," "will," "should," and similar expressions regarding future expectations. These forward-looking statements involve various known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that are difficult to predict with regard to timing, extent, and likelihood. Therefore, actual performance and results may materially differ from what may be expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. 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