Spartan Motors Inc., a leader in the manufacturing of specialty chassis and vehicle assembly, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony this week to recognize its $5.5-million investment in a new 85,000-square-foot truck assembly plant that will manufacture Isuzu’s new F-Series trucks.
Spartan held this morning’s event at its headquarters at 1541 Reynolds Road in Charlotte, Mich.
Isuzu North America Corp. recently expanded its relationship with Spartan by selecting the company to produce the new line of Isuzu trucks. The F-Series trucks will extend Isuzu’s product offering into Class 6 on-highway commercial trucks. This decision to further expand the alliance, which began in 2011 with the production of Isuzu’s gasoline-powered N-Series trucks, demonstrates Isuzu’s continued confidence in Spartan’s quality, people, flexibility and expertise.
“This groundbreaking ceremony represents a significant milestone for Spartan, as we expand our manufacturing footprint and bring new jobs to Michigan,” said Daryl Adams, president and chief executive officer of Spartan Motors.
“Measurable growth in our relationships with existing clients, such as Isuzu, further confirms our multi-year strategic plan is driving improved performance and will continue to pay dividends for Spartan over the long-term.”
The new plant will be part of Spartan’s Charlotte manufacturing campus, and it will be dedicated solely to the production of Isuzu vehicles. This new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility will have a flexible production line that can be easily reconfigured to accommodate the assembly of multiple product lines. Further, the production of the F-Series trucks by Spartan at this new plant will bring new jobs to the Michigan workforce.
“We are excited for the opportunity to further grow our business relationship with Isuzu,” said Steve Guillaume, Division President, Specialty Vehicles, Spartan Motors. “Contract manufacturing is a core competency of Spartan. This is another great opportunity for us to broaden our portfolio in this key area.”