Spartan Chassis Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors Inc., will break ground in July on a new $14.5 million, 102,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at the company’s complex in Charlotte, Mich.
According to a press release, the new plant will help Spartan meet increasing demand for fire truck chassis and fuel its entry into future specialty product segments, while also freeing up capacity for growth in its recreational vehicle and military chassis businesses.
Spartan Chassis reported its best month of orders for fire truck chassis in the company’s 30-year history with 188 orders in May.
“As we continue to grow market share for our fire truck chassis, we need the plant capacity and production line efficiency to stay ahead of customer demand, and this new facility gives us just that,” said Richard Schalter, president of Spartan Chassis.
The facility, which will begin producing chassis and cabs in May 2007, will feature multiple production lines, new and more efficient paint stations and a layout designed to accommodate lean manufacturing processes. The new plant is also expected to result in staff additions as production ramps up.
“In addition to the increased demand for our existing fire truck chassis, we have several product development initiatives which we expect to debut in 2007 that will require increased cab and chassis production capacity,” said John Sztykiel, president and CEO of Spartan Motors.