INDIANAPOLIS, April 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan ERV (Emergency Response Vehicles), a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), announced today that it has completed delivery of 12 units, including a 136-foot TelStar, to Celulosa Arauco y Constitucion (Arauco) in Santiago, Chile. The announcement was made in conjunction with FEREXPO S.A. the authorized Spartan ERV dealer in Chile prior to the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis.

"The Arauco delivery represents another step forward in Spartan's growth in Latin America," said Bill Doebler, Vice President of Sales at Spartan ERV. "Spartan ERV continues to expand the depth and scope of its product portfolio. Our superior product performance and value equation have played a key role in driving both our domestic and international business. Our dealers provide an additional degree of differentiation. In Chile, for example, FEREXPO played a critical role identifying the unique needs of the customer and formulating the right solution to secure the order."

The delivery encompasses six product classes including the TelStar, an industry-leading aerial apparatus featuring a 136-foot telescopic and articulated aerial platform capable of an "up, over and down" range of motion to navigate around parapets for roof rescues, clear power lines and trees for access and provide for below grade rescues. The TelStar apparatus is a product of Spartan-Gimaex Innovations, LLC, the Company's joint venture with French apparatus manufacturer Gimaex.

The delivery to Arauco also includes five Star Series pumpers equipped with the Spartan ERV Boomer™, the first-of-its kind crossover rescue that combines five separate emergency rescue functions into a single device that is more versatile, less costly and more compact."

Arauco's Delivery Includes:
  • 1 - TelStar
  • 5 - Spartan Chassis pumpers with Boomers
  • 2 - Spartan Chassis industrial pumpers
  • 3 - Spartan Chassis industrial tankers
  • 1 - Mobile hazmat rescue & trailer

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

About Spartan Motors

Spartan Motors, Inc. designs, engineers and manufactures specialty chassis, specialty vehicles, truck bodies and aftermarket parts for the recreational vehicle (RV), emergency response, government services, defense, and delivery and service markets. The Company's brand names – Spartan™, Spartan Chassis™, Spartan ER™, 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 and Florida. Spartan reported sales of $470 million in 2013 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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