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Spartan Motors unveils $6.5M truck assembly plant

CHARLOTTE - Spartan Motors newest manufacturing plant was built with an ever-changing market in mind.

The $6.5-million plant can change production on a dime, allowing inventory and stock to be swapped out if and when the company starts building new models.

But, for now, the  85,000-square-foot facility is manufacturing and assembling the 2018 Isuzu FTR Class 6 medium-duty truck. The F-series truck can be used for deliveries, dumping and even street sweeping, said Steve Guillaume, president of specialty chassis and vehicles at Spartan Motors.

"It was exciting to invest in a new building," Guillaume said, during a Tuesday morning press conference at the plant, located at 1023 Reynolds Road in Charlotte. "The flexibility of this plant will allow us to change production to meet market demands and build different model configurations."

The plant will employ 100 people once it's in full production in August, Guillaume said.

Daryl Adams, president and CEO of Spartan Motors, said the company chose to build the facility in Charlotte because "we believe in the local manufacturing talent."

"Our greatest resource is our workforce," he said.

Spartan Motors makes specialty chassis and vehicles for the commercial, emergency services and military sectors. The company has built 40,000 N-series trucks for Isuzu since 2011.

The F-series models are lighter, have a lower cab for better visibility and have better maneuverability, making them suited for urban environments, Guillaume said. Because the truck weighs just short of 26,000 pounds, it does not require a commercial driver's license to operate.

Spartan Motors' relationship with Isuzu demonstrates that the Lansing region has a growing global economy, said Bob Trezise, president and CEO of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership

"Being global is absolutely key to creating jobs," he said. "Charlotte is on a real hot streak."

Source of article click here : Lansing State Journal

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