Spartan Motors Inc. SPAR, a global leader in specialty chassis and vehicle design, manufacturing and assembly, has named St. Paul, Minn.-based Waterous as its Supplier of the Year. Additionally, Spartan recognized 12 suppliers with Spartan Diamond awards, and nine others earned Honorable Mention recognitions as part of Spartan’s Annual Supplier Conference, held March 9, at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, in Charlotte, Mich.  

According to a press release, Spartan’s Annual Supplier Conference brings together more than 125 suppliers supporting its various business markets, including fleet and delivery, recreational vehicle, emergency response, defense forces and contract assembly (light/medium duty truck).  The conference, now in its 15th year, serves as a celebration of manufacturing excellence, as well as a platform for Spartan Motors’ evolution, as the company grows through acquisition and internal integration.

“We’ve put significant energy into building the very best talent across our organization, and we are diligent in recognizing and celebrating success at every level of our company,” said Daryl Adams, president and CEO of Spartan Motors. “This annual conference extends that effort to our supplier network.  We’re proud to honor this hardworking group, as well as take the time to share best practices and promote collaboration among our key partners.”

This year’s Spartan Supplier of the Year winner, Waterous, serves Spartan’s Emergency Response business unit with pumps, power take-offs, and valves for its Spartan and Smeal branded fire apparatus.

In addition to the Spartan Supplier of the Year distinction, the company recognized the following at this year’s conference:

Spartan Diamond Award:

  • American Technology Components
  • Blachford Acoustics Group
  • Douglas Autotech Corporation
  • F.B. Wright
  • Harris Battery Company
  • IMMI
  • TODCO, a Division of Overhead Door Corporation
  • Qualtronics
  • Romeo RIM
  • Wurth Service Supply
  • Allison Transmission
  • Cummins Sales and Service

Spartan Honorable Mention:

  • Dana Incorporated
  • Meritor
  • Power Brake & Spring Service Co.
  • Robert Bosch Automotive Steering
  • Racor, a Division of the Parker Hannifin Corporation
  • RealWheels Corporation
  • Sure-Foot Industries Corporation
  • West & Barker

Material Planning Recognition:

  • Wesgarde Components Group