RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

Spartan Emergency Response Introduces New Rear Mount Apparatus

Fri Aug 19, 2016

145512840627028.pngSAN ANTONIO - Spartan Emergency Response, a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc., makes acquiring new fire apparatus more accessible than ever for volunteer and paid fire departments requiring multi-purpose fire trucks, with the introduction of Spartan's new value-priced 75-foot rear mount quint apparatus, here at the International Association of Fire Chiefs' (IAFC) Fire-Rescue International (FRI) Conference & Expo.

Volunteer and paid departments continue to face challenges with multipurpose requirements, limited personnel and budgetary restrictions, which require them to do more with less. Spartan's 75-foot quint offers a streamlined feature set that allows for the integration of an engine and aerial at a lower price point while retaining functionality and reliability.

The 75-foot rear mount quint apparatus combines safety, practicality and functionality with affordable maintenance and serviceability in mind, which all add up to a lower cost of ownership over the life of the truck. It features Spartan's exclusive, greaseless ladder design and roller-assisted slide pads (RASP) for smoother operation and less downtime for service. Built on a single axle and weighing less than 49,000 pounds, this configuration gives departments the extra reserve capacity to maximize their capabilities without the risk of being overweight. The truck includes a 1,500 GPM fire pump combined with a 500-gallon water tank, 1,000 feet of hose storage, 115 feet of ground ladder storage, full depth rescue-style compartments and a high-strength steel ladder.

"We are fortunate to have a strong dealer network that understands the needs of today's fire departments," Spartan Motors President and CEO Daryl Adams says. "Front-line insights combined with Spartan's aerial expertise has allowed us to add this 75-foot configuration to our arsenal of aerials. Many Spartan dealers encounter municipalities that are interested in the versatility of a quint as an option to replace a rescue truck, as it will transport significant equipment and include fire suppression as well as an aerial device."

Customized Pumpers

Spartan also will showcase two customized pumpers built for the River Oaks Fire Department and Shiner Volunteer Fire Department, both of Texas. Both pumpers are built on high-strength aluminum bodies and feature Spartan's Vibra-Torq mounting system that extends the life of the vehicle by reducing vibrations and stress on the body. The Shiner unit is a top-control pumper built on an International two-door chassis with a Waterous CSU 1,250 GPM pump and 1,000 gallons of water. The River Oaks truck is a side control pumper built on a Spartan Metro Star MFD chassis with a Hale DSD 1,500 GPM pump, 750 gallons of water and 30 gallons of foam. It boasts Spartan's Advanced Protection System (APS), the No. 1 firefighter safety system in the industry. The system employs satellite sensors that prompt airbag deployment when an imminent collision is recognized, eight airbags that protect a wider area of the cab, and Spartan's intelligent seat belt system designed to reduce chest and torso injuries in a collision.

"Keeping vehicles in service for as long as possible is the key to everything we build," Adams says. "Spartan designs with serviceability in mind, using standardized, readily available parts – backed by an extensive dealer service network."

Spartan will showcase its new 75-foot quint apparatus along with two customized pumpers at its booth at the FRI conference at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio from Aug. 19-20. Visitors to Spartan's booth #30060 can register to win a GoPro camera.

Spartan Motors, Inc. is a leading designer, engineer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty vehicles, specialty chassis, vehicle bodies and parts for the fleet and delivery, recreational vehicle, emergency response, defense forces and contract assembly (light/medium duty truck: Class 3, 4 and 5) markets. The Company's brand names - Spartan Motors, Spartan Specialty Vehicles, Spartan Emergency Response, Spartan Parts and Accessories, and Utilimaster, a Spartan Motors Company - are known for quality, durability, performance, customer service and first-to-market innovation. The company employs about 1,800 associates at facilities in Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Indiana. Spartan reported sales of $550 million in 2015. Visit Spartan Motors at www.spartanmotors.com.