Chassis, Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPAR),
is expanding its chassis production capacity, with the purchasing
of two manufacturing facilities near its headquarters in Charlotte,
Mich. The company is currently completing the production of
Cougar based Iraqi Light Armored
Vehicle (ILAV), under contract from BAE Systems. Spartan
is gearing up to meet the surge in demand for Mine
Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, while maintaining
its commercial vehicles production.
The new facilities will add 80,000 square-feet by Q3/07, providing
floor space for the integration of key chassis components for
the vehicles. According to Richard Schalter, president of Spartan
Chassis, The company has recently constructed 107,000-square-foot
facility for fire truck cab and chassis production.