updated 4/19/2011 9:17:51 AM ET 2011-04-19T13:17:51

CHARLOTTE, Mich., April 19, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan Chassis, Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), will integrate and deliver key chassis components for RG-33 Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles following a subcontract order worth over $3 million by defense contractor BAE Systems. The vehicles are scheduled for delivery in the second and third quarters of 2011.

"The threat of improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, remains a very clear and present danger in different regions of the world," said John Sztykiel, President and CEO of Spartan Motors. "Spartan continues to leverage its expertise and agility alongside original equipment manufacturers such as BAE Systems to fulfill the needs of the U.S. Government. We appreciate our ongoing partnership with BAE Systems and together, we are firmly committed to producing reliable vehicle solutions in support of American and coalition forces," said Sztykiel.

Spartan has been awarded multiple subcontract orders since 2006 to support the production of advanced tactical vehicles under the Iraqi Light Armored Vehicle (ILAV), MRAP and Medium Mine Protected Vehicle (MMPV) programs. The Company also continues its ongoing support of MRAP prime contractors, and the U.S. Government, by providing spare and replacement parts for many of the MRAP vehicles built by the company.

About Spartan Chassis, Inc.

Spartan Chassis Inc., a subsidiary of Charlotte, Mich.-based Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), is a world-class leader in the engineering, manufacturing and marketing of custom chassis. Fire departments recognize and request the Spartan® Chassis brand, which consistently delivers superior performance, exceptional safety ratings and technological innovations that distinguish it from our other chassis. Learn more at www.spartanchassis.com .

CONTACT: Russell Chick
         Director of Corporate Marketing
         Spartan Motors, Inc.
         Roy Bierwirth, COL, USA (Ret)
         Vice President, Spartan Defense & Government
         Spartan Chassis, Inc.

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