CHARLOTTE, Mich., Feb. 20, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan Chassis, a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), today recognized several of its original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and the dealers for their achievements, most of which involve sales success in 2013. In total, 22 dealers that sell the apparatus manufactured by Spartan Chassis' OEM customers received formal acknowledgment during its Sales Training Conference in Lansing, Mich.

For the fourth-straight year, Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists, Inc. received the Top Sales Award, and Profire Emergency Equipment was recognized as the winner of the Excellence in Customer Service Award for the second-consecutive year.

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Metro Fire has over 25 years of experience with Spartan Chassis. Metro Fire prides itself on its diligence and commitment to safety, customization, and innovation. Craig Russell started Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists, Inc. in 1986 to help combat the outsourcing of warranty and repair work in the Lone Star state. Since then, Russell and Metro Fire have collaborated with Spartan Chassis in the development of multiple products.

"Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists, Inc. continues to show strong sales figures year-after-year," said Michael Bowman, Director of Sales, Emergency Response Chassis. "Without dealers like Metro Fire committed to the overall success of our OEM customers, our jobs at Spartan Chassis would certainly be much more difficult. The knowledge and commitment to customer service that Metro Fire demonstrates day after day certainly has played a key role in their success. "

Year-after-year, Metro Fire is one of the high performance dealers selling finished apparatus built on Spartan Chassis OEMs. With over 50 employees, Metro Fire is dedicated to the continued long-term success of the Spartan Chassis OEMs. A single-source fire apparatus distributor, Metro Fire is the sole TX DOT Authorized License Franchise Dealer for Spartan Chassis OEMs in the state of Texas.

Led by President John Witt; Profire, a division of Safetek Emergency Vehicles, maintains a large inventory across its three locations – Abbotsford, British Columbia; Leduc, Alberta and Mississauga, Ontario. With 16 service bays, Profire prides itself on supporting its customers in protecting property and saving lives by providing a comprehensive set of solutions to the emergency services community.

"Profire Emergency Equipment did an exceptional job with customer satisfaction this year. Profire's ability to service several of Canada's provinces is certainly critical in the expansive Canadian market. Profire can service multiple units at any of its three service locations, as well as with its six mobile service units. We consistently hear of Profire's ability to exceed the customer's needs with its prompt, dedicated and high quality service," Bowman said.

With over 40 employees, Profire provides parts, service and equipment to customers throughout Canada. In addition, at its headquarters in Abbotsford, Profire offers additional customer-valued capabilities such as fabrication, warranty administration and pump testing.
Top Sales
Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists, Inc.
Excellence in Customer Satisfaction
Profire Emergency Equipment, Inc.
Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists, Inc.
Dependable Emergency Vehicles
Safetek Emergency Vehicles, Ltd.
Atlantic Coast Fire Trucks
Ferexpo Ltd.
New England Fire Equipment & Apparatus Corp.
C & S Specialty, Inc.
Campbell Supply Co., LLC
Colden Enterprises, Inc.
Danko Emergency Equipment
Emergency Vehicle Group, Inc. (EVG)
FESCO Emergency Vehicles
Fire Apparatus & Supply Team
Fire Truck Headquarters
Firehouse Apparatus
Granite Fire Apparatus
Hendrickson Fire
Hi-Tech E.V.S. Inc.
Keystone Fire Apparatus
Northeastern Fire Associates, Inc.
Scott Fire Apparatus, Inc.
V.R.S. Sales Ltd.

In addition to the top awards handed out yearly, Spartan Chassis also recognized several OEMs for exceptional sales in 2013.

About Spartan Chassis, Inc.

Spartan Chassis, Inc. is a world-class leader in the engineering, manufacturing and marketing of chassis and aftermarket parts for emergency-response, recreational vehicle (RV), defense and specialty vehicles. End users recognize and request the Spartan Chassis brand, which consistently delivers superior performance, exceptional safety ratings and innovations which distinguish us from the competition. Visit Spartan Chassis at

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

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