Spartan Motors Inc. announced the appointment of Todd A. Heavin to the role of chief operating officer.

According to a press release, Heavin most recently led the casting division for American Axle & Manufacturing where he implemented lean manufacturing and achieved industry-leading safety, quality, delivery, and financial performance. He also successfully completed multiple acquisition integrations, consolidations, reorganizations and mergers. During his nine-year term, he served as senior vice president, and division president.

In his role with Spartan, Heavin will leverage the company’s production system. Spartan’s manufacturing, engineering, quality assurance, supply chain management, project management, and environmental health and safety teams will report to Heavin immediately.

“Todd is a seasoned and trusted operational leader who consistently delivers results,” said Daryl Adams, Spartan Motors president and CEO. “I have tremendous confidence in his ability to further align our team to drive the business forward with purpose as we pursue the next generation of market leadership for Spartan.”