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Spartan Motors Inc. will close its ambulance assembly plant in St. Paul, Minn., so it can consolidate its Road Rescue ambulance operations in Marion, S.C.
Spartan’s diesel-pusher assembly operations in Charlotte, Mich., will be unaffected by the Road Rescue consolidation.
Combining ambulance production in South Carolina will make the Road Rescue-brand more cost-competitive, said John Sztykiel, Spartan’s president and CEO.
Spartan has a 1-year-old, 106,000-square-foot factory in Marion, S.C., according to the company.
As is the case with the diesel-pusher motorhome market that Spartan supplies, Sztykiel believes the demand for ambulances will grow as Baby Boomers age.
Spartan’s ambulance and Crimson Fire fire-truck assembly businesses accounted for 24% for the company’s total sales revenue in 2002. The remainder of Spartan’s sales comes from diesel-pusher motorhome chassis.