Was Spartan ERV A Good Move For Spartan?
For those of you that may not know, at FDIC 2012 Spartan unveiled the Spartan ERV line. The Crimson name basically went away and was renamed Spartan ERV (Emergency Response Vehicles). Included in this move was a partnership with Gimaex (a French company) to provide ladders. The Spartan rep said this would allow any builder to provide you an aerial because they could order the Spartan chassis with the ladder already mounted and all the builder had to do was the compartmentation. Have to admit that is an interesting approach.
What I'm really interested is that Spartan also chose to no longer sell chassis to any manufacturer that builds their own chassis. Not sure if Rosenbauer developing their own chassis was the tipping point or not but it was interesting that this all occurred around the same time frame. Now instead of Spartan chassis being available to every department regardless of builder it is only available through 40 Spartan 'partners'.
It was just kind of an interesting financial move for Spartan from my point of view, and a few others, since Spartan had kind of established itself as a "baseline" for chassis similar to how Freightliner, Navistar and Ford have established themselves. I understand that HME provides chassis in the same manner (to everyone) but they just aren't as prevalent in our part of the country.
Not looking to debate who makes a better custom chassis and I don't have any real interest in this other can pure curiosity. It's been 18 months since this move was made by Spartan and I was just wondering if anyone had insight on how it was working out for them because personally I think they shot themselves in the foot by not continuing to provide chassis to all apparatus builders. Not to mention that they are hoping department loyalty to Spartan chassis will trump loyalty to a (competitive) builder.
Just curious. I'm interested to see what you guys think.