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                                                                                    Spartan Motors Inc. announced the company expanded its board membership to nine members with the appointment of James C. Orchard, according to a press release.

During his 46-year career, Orchard held executive and leadership positions with companies in the automotive, truck and aftermarket parts industries. From 2008 until 2014, he served as the CEO of Dayco LLC, a privately held supplier of engine parts and systems to the automotive industry.

Spartan Chairman Hugh Sloan said, “James Orchard is a talented executive who will add valuable strategic and global perspective to our already strong board. Having spent the majority of his career immersed in industries that relate closely to our business, we are confident that his experience will be a great asset to Spartan Motors.”

Orchard commented, “I am pleased to join the board of Spartan Motors. I admire the company’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for the customer, and I look forward to working with management and my fellow board members to continue to build long-term shareholder value.”

Orchard received a bachelor’s in Business Operations and a bachelor’s in marketing, both from Indiana University.