National Truck Equipment: Utilimaster Wins Editors Choice Award

 FARMINGTON HILLS, MI (March 25, 2010) — Utilimaster Corporation (Wakarusa, IN) won the Editors’ Choice Award for its new Energywise Utilivan at The Work Truck Show® 2010. A panel of trade media editors selected the Energywise Utilivan as the most innovative new product introduced at the Work Truck Show.

The Energywise Utilivan provides 860 cubic feet of cargo capacity in a fuel-efficient package. The body is built using Utilimaster’s Energywise composite panels to provide a 600 lb. weight reduction as compared to traditional construction. The design, composite panels and aerodynamic fairing combine to deliver leading fuel efficiency.

"Utilimaster is very pleased to be recognized for developing innovative solutions. The 1,200 Energywise Utilivans in operation are achieving superior fuel economy," reports John Marshall, vice president of sales & marketing for Utilimaster.

The Work Truck Show 2010, North America’s largest work truck event, was held in conjunction with the 46th Annual National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Convention at America’s Center in St. Louis, MO, March 10-12, 2010.

A panel of trade media editors selects the Editors’ Choice Award winner from products introduced through the Work Truck Show New Product Spotlight and New Product Media Guide programs. Judges selected the Energywise Utilivan from Utilimaster as the winner from a field of 70 entries.

Produced annually by the NTEA, The Work Truck Show showcases more than 500,000 square feet of Class 1–8 vocational trucks and equipment. It brings together thousands of work truck professionals, including fleet managers, equipment buyers, maintenance personnel, manufacturers, distributors and dealers. The Work Truck Show 2011 will be held in conjunction with the 47th Annual NTEA Convention March 7-10, 2011, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN. The Show floor opens March 8. For more information, visit or call 1-800-441-NTEA (6832).

About the NTEA
Established in 1964, the NTEA is the leading association supporting the $101 billion work truck and trailer industry (based on 2008 sales). The Association currently represents nearly 1,600 companies that manufacture, distribute, install, sell and repair commercial trucks, truck bodies, truck equipment, trailers and accessories. Buyers of work trucks and the major commercial truck chassis manufacturers also belong to the Association. The NTEA provides in-depth technical information, education and member programs and services, and produces The Work Truck Show®. The Association maintains its administrative headquarters in suburban Detroit and a government relations office in Washington, DC.

About Utilimaster
Utilimaster ( a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPAR), is a leading manufacturer of walk-in vans and commercial truck bodies for the delivery and service market place. Utilimaster designs, develops and manufactures products to customer specifications for use in the package delivery, one-way truck rental, bakery/snack delivery, utility and linen/uniform rental businesses. The company serves a diverse customer base and also sells aftermarket parts and accessories.

About Spartan Motors Chassis Inc.
Spartan Motors Chassis, Inc., ( a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPAR), designs, engineers and manufactures specialty chassis, specialty vehicles and truck bodies and aftermarket parts for the outdoor recreation/RV, emergency-response, defense, delivery and service markets. The company's brand names Spartan(TM), Crimson Fire(TM), Crimson Fire Aerials(TM), Road Rescue(TM) and Utilimaster(R) - are known for quality, value, service and being the first to market with innovative products. The company employs approximately 1,600 at facilities in Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Indiana and Texas. Spartan reported sales of $430 million in 2009 and is focused on becoming a global leader in the manufacture of specialty vehicles and chassis.