Spartan Motors
Founded 1976
Headquarters Charlotte, Michigan, USA
Products trucks
Divisions Spartan Chassis
Crimson Fire
Utilimaster Corporation
Road Rescue (former)
Carpenter Industries (former)

Spartan Motors, Inc. is an engineer and manufacturer of custom motor vehicle chassis and bodies. The company is based in Charlotte, Michigan, USA with 870 employees (2005) and a net profit margin of 2.42% (2005). It was started in 1976 by a group of engineers whose employer, a heavy truck company, went bankrupt. Spartan mainly manufactures vehicle chassis for the recreational vehicle, emergency services, and military markets.


Spartan Motors operates facilities in the following places:

  • Charlotte, Michigan
  • Brandon, South Dakota
  • Marion, South Carolina
  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Wakarusa, Indiana

Active subsidiaries Edit

Spartan Chassis, Inc.Edit

Spartan Chassis designs, engineers, and manufactures chassis for recreational vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances, and rescue vehicles.

Crimson Fire, Inc.Edit

Crimson Fire designs and builds custom fire apparatus. Was created by a consolidation of Luverne and Quality Manufacturing.

Crimson Fire made its debut in 2003 - but our heritage stretches back more than a century.

That was the year two respected manufacturers, Luverne Fire Apparatus and Quality Manufacturing, joined forces under a single, strong brand to form Crimson Fire. Luverne leveraged its early expertise in the automotive and heavy truck industries to begin building fire apparatus in 1912. Quality got its start six decades later, catering to the Southern firefighting market. Their customers included some of the largest departments in the country include Dallas, Atlanta and Chicago Fire Departments and Canada.


Main article: Utilimaster

Utilimaster is the largest producer of walk-in vans (also known as step vans), Parcel Delivery Vans (PDVs) and truck bodies, and is based in Wakarusa, Indiana, USA.

Defunct subsidiaries Edit

Carpenter Industries, Inc. Edit

Carpenter Industries was a manufacturer of school buses, transit buses, and step vans. Carpenter was founded in 1919; Spartan purchased it in 1998, but closed it down in 2001.

Road Rescue Edit

Road Rescue is a manufacturer of ambulances. It was sold in 2010 to Allied Specialty Vehicles.[1]

Military supplierEdit

In 2006, Spartan began manufacturing military vehicle chassis as a supplier to two companies, Force Protection (FPI) and General Dynamics. The FPI Cougar, which uses a Spartan chassis, is one of several Mine Resistant Ambush Protected, or MRAP, designs recently ordered by the United States military.

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