Michael Bowman to Lead Emergency Response Chassis Sales for Spartan


CHARLOTTE, Michigan, January 6, 2011 – Ed Dobbs, Senior Vice President of the Emergency Response Chassis Division of Spartan Motors Chassis, Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPAR), has announced the promotion of Michael Bowman to Director of Emergency Response Chassis Sales.

"Having served many years as both Firefighter and Fire Chief, Mike has extensive knowledge of the industry that will serve him well in his new role. His sales and business insight are well-known and highly-respected throughout North America,” commented Dobbs. “Spartan is committed to developing compelling products and services, and with Mike strategically driving existing and new product sales, we are poised to take advantage of tremendous opportunities in 2011 and beyond."

Bowman joined Spartan in 2008 as Midwest Regional Sales Manager, representing Spartan in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri.

Bowman, who currently resides in Illinois, has more than 30 years of experience in sales and diesel engines. He also has more than 30 years of experience in firefighting and served his community as fire chief for 13 years.

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 spartanchassis.com.

About Spartan Motors, Inc.

Spartan Motors, Inc. designs, engineers and manufactures specialty chassis, specialty vehicles, truck bodies and aftermarket parts for the recreational vehicle (RV) emergencyresponse, defense, government services, delivery and service markets. The Company's brand names – SpartanTM, Crimson FireTM, Crimson Fire AerialsTM and Utilimaster® - are known for quality, value, service and first-to-market innovation. The Company employs approximately

1,600 at facilities in Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Indiana and Texas. Spartan reported sales of $430 million in 2009 and is focused on becoming a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacture of specialty vehicles and chassis. Visit Spartan Motors at spartanmotors.com.