CHARLOTTE, Mich., June 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan Chassis ("Spartan" or the "Company"), a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), announced today that it has entered a chassis supply agreement with Foretravel Motorcoach ("Foretravel") of Nacogdoches, Texas. The agreement calls for Spartan to serve as the sole chassis supplier for Foretravel's new Realm FS6 motorhome. The Realm FS6 will be available exclusively at Motor Home Specialist in Alvarado, Texas.
The agreement calls for Spartan, a chassis manufacturer of recreational vehicles, fire trucks, defense and specialty vehicles, to design, engineer and assemble chassis for integration into Foretravel's Realm FS6 motorhome. Delivery of the custom chassis to Foretravel is underway.
"Spartan continues to be focused on leveraging its operational and strategic agility, as well as customization in order to meet customer requirements in the RV market," said Art Ickes, President of the Specialty Vehicles business unit, Spartan Chassis. "Our proactive business initiatives and strong brand have resulted in an opportunity to continue and expand our valuable business in a core market into a valuable partnership with Foretravel. This agreement is a very positive development for Spartan, Foretravel Motorcoach and the market as a whole."
Spartan's K3GT chassis will serve as the foundation for the 2015 Realm FS6. The K3GT chassis is one of the most technologically advanced and structurally sound motorhome chassis ever produced. The K3GT chassis is not only massive in stature, but boasts a 20,000 lb towing capacity.
Equipped with a Cummins ISX 600hp engine and Allison 4000MH transmission, the Realm's K3GT chassis arrived with Spartan's new passive steer tag axle, which produces a 7% reduction in curb-to-curb turning radius. Additionally, the K3GT chassis delivers a robust 20,000 lb independent front suspension capacity.
"The Foretravel Realm FS6 combines power, prestige and performance," added Greg Amys, President of Foretravel. "Beyond beauty and performance, the Foretravel Realm FS6 is built to possess undeniable craftsmanship and superior quality in fit, finish and detail you'll find throughout the motor coach."
"The Realm's cutting edge design sets it apart from every other luxury motor coach on the market today," said Donny O'Banion, Motor Home Specialist CEO. "Rivaled only by the premium entries found in the high-end automotive market, the Realm FS6 exudes luxury and refinement."
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 www.spartanchassis.com.
About Spartan Motors
Spartan Motors, Inc. designs, engineers and manufactures specialty chassis, specialty vehicles, truck bodies and aftermarket parts for the recreational vehicle (RV), emergency response, government services, defense, and delivery and service markets. The Company's brand names – Spartan™, Spartan Chassis™, Spartan ER™, Spartan ERV™ and Utilimaster® - are known for quality, performance, service and first-to-market innovation. The Company employs approximately 1,700 associates at facilities in Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Indiana, and Florida. Spartan reported sales of $470 million in 2013 and is focused on becoming a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacture of specialty vehicles and chassis. Visit Spartan Motors at www.spartanmotors.com.
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