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 Opens Fire and Fleet Refurbishment Centers

Wed Apr 26, 2017

145512840627028.pngCHARLOTTE, Michigan - Spartan Emergency Response, a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. has announced the opening of its fire apparatus and fleet vehicle Refurbishment Centers to meet industry needs for a cost-effective approach to repair out-of-service, damaged and worn trucks in weeks or months for typically half the cost of a new vehicle. Details of the operations will be on display at the Fire Department Instructors Conference International April 24-29, at Spartan Motors’ booths #3037, #4007 and #4321, at the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium, in Indianapolis.

With seven centers and 35 bays located across Spartan campuses in Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska and South Dakota, the process offers a complete range of services and refurbishments from light repairs and refreshes to full cab and chassis replacements and re-certifications. While keeping safety top-of-mind, refurbishments can include new ladders, pump replacements, fixture repair or replacement, insurance repair work, new chassis or any combination for departments or municipalities looking for a cost-effective way to upgrade their fleet without the capital expense associated with purchasing a new vehicle.

“Departments across the country are battling aging fleets and trucks out of service," Spartan Motors President and CEO Daryl Adams says. "The country is asking its emergency response vehicles to not only last longer, but to perform more reliably over a longer period of time. There is a huge need for efficient and economical fleet repair that keeps our first responders safe on the way to and from a fire or rescue. That’s why Spartan is introducing its Refurbishment Centers. From the minute our customer’s truck pulls into our Refurbishment Center’s service bay, we’re on the lookout for how to improve safety, increase performance and ensure we stay within their budget.”

In addition to the debut of its Refurbishment Centers; at FDIC Spartan will display its S-180 Pumper – representing Spartan’s custom-built pumper lineup manufactured and delivered in half the time of any competitor – as well as: two Spartan Gladiator cabs and chassis; a Transformer pumper; a 100-foot rear mount platform; a UST elliptical tanker; an IPS pumper; a 105-foot tractor drawn aerial; a 75-foot rear mount aerial; a 100-foot mid-mount platform; a UST wet side tanker; and custom rear-, side- and top-mount pumpers. Spartan will display in booths #3037, #4007 and #4321, showcasing Spartan cabs and chassis and complete apparatus, as well as Smeal and UST products.

For more information on the Spartan’s Refurbishment Centers, visit www.spartanmotors.com/truck-refurb. For more information on FDIC, visit www.fdic.com.