CHARLOTTE, Mich., April 8, 2008, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ — Spartan Chassis,
Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPAR), today announced it
has been awarded two new subcontract orders worth approximately $45 million to
support the production of advanced tactical vehicles under the Mine Resistant
Ambush Protected, or MRAP, program.
Under the terms of the new subcontracts, the Mich.-based custom chassis
manufacturer will supply and integrate key chassis components for MRAP
military vehicles manufactured by two of the leading defense contractors of
these heavily-armored vehicles, Force Protection, Inc. which placed an order
for 184 units, and General Dynamics Land Systems which ordered 180 units.
“The MRAP program remains a high priority for the military, and Spartan
Chassis is dedicated to continuing to provide our expertise as long as the
need exists,” said Richard Schalter, president of Spartan Chassis. “We are
proud that we have contributed to supplying these life-saving vehicles to our
MRAPs are prized by the military for their V-shaped hulls, raised chassis
and improved armor, which help protect servicemen and women from improvised
explosive devices, or IEDs, mines and other hazards of war.
About Spartan Chassis, Inc.:
Spartan Chassis, Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:
SPAR), is a leading developer and manufacturer of custom chassis for
recreational vehicles, fire trucks and specialty vehicles. Spartan Motors,
which also manufactures emergency rescue vehicles under the brand names of
Crimson Fire, Crimson Fire Aerials and Road Rescue, reported sales of $681.4
million in 2007 and is focused on becoming the premier manufacturer of
specialty vehicles and chassis in North America.
About Force Protection, Inc.:
Force Protection, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRPT) is a leading American designer,
developer and manufacturer of life saving survivability equipment,
predominantly ballistic- and blast-protected wheeled vehicles currently
deployed by the U.S. military and its allies to support armed forces and
security personnel in conflict zones. The Company’s specialty vehicles, the
Cougar and the Buffalo, and the Cheetah, are designed specifically for
reconnaissance, forward command and control, and urban operations and to
protect their occupants from landmines, hostile fire, and improvised explosive
devices (IEDs, commonly referred to as roadside bombs). The Company is one of
the original developers and primary providers of vehicles for the U.S.
military’s Mine Resistant Ambush Protected, or MRAP, vehicle program. For more
information on Force Protection and its vehicles, visit
About General Dynamics Land Systems:
General Dynamics Land Systems, headquartered in Sterling Heights,
Michigan, is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:
GD). The company employs approximately 83,500 people worldwide and reported
2007 revenues of $27.2 billion. The company is a market leader in business
aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems; armaments and munitions;
shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies.
More information about the company is available on the Internet at
This release contains forward-looking statements, including, without
limitation, statements concerning our business, future plans and objectives
and the performance of our products. These forward-looking statements involve
certain risks and uncertainties that ultimately may not prove to be accurate.
Actual results and future events could differ materially from those
anticipated in such statements. Technical complications may arise that could
prevent the prompt implementation of the plans outlined above. The company
cautions that these forward-looking statements are further qualified by other
factors including, but not limited to, those set forth in the company’s Annual
Report on Form 10-K filing and other filings with the United States Securities
and Exchange Commission (available at http://www.sec.gov). Government
contracts and subcontracts typically involve long payment and purchase cycles,
competitive bidding, qualification requirements, delays or changes in funding,
extensive specification development and changes, price negotiations and
milestone requirements. An announced award of a governmental contract is not
equivalent to a finalized executed contract and does not assure that orders
will be issued and filled. Government agencies also often retain some portion
of fees payable upon completion of a project and collection of contract fees
may be delayed for long periods, which can negatively impact both prime
contractors and subcontractors. The company undertakes no obligation to
publicly update or revise any statements in this release, whether as a result
of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
SOURCE Spartan Chassis, Inc.