Spartan to build F-Series trucks for Isuzu

Spartan to build F-Series trucks for Isuzu

Partnership expands from contract manufacturing of N-Series trucks.

March 29, 2016

Charlotte, Michigan – Isuzu North America has selected Spartan Motors Inc. to produce the Isuzu F-Series truck. This expanded relationship demonstrates Isuzu's confidence in Spartan's quality, people, flexibility, and expertise. Further, it provides another example of the Spartan's successful execution of its multi-year plan for improving performance.

On April 19, 2016, at Spartan's headquarters in Charlotte, Michigan, the company and Isuzu will hold a groundbreaking ceremony to recognize this new contract, which expands a relationship that began in 2011 with Spartan's assembly of Isuzu N-Series gas trucks.

In May 2011, Spartan announced the start of production of the Isuzu gasoline-powered N-Series trucks. Since 2011, the two companies have realized phenomenal growth in that segment, and in April 2015 the 20,000th N-Series gas truck rolled off of Spartan's assembly line. The F-Series marks an expansion of Isuzu's product offering into class 6 on-highway commercial trucks. Spartan will work closely with Isuzu to ensure the finished product meets Isuzu's specifications and delivery requirements precisely.

Spartan has invested heavily in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility which has a flexible production line that can be easily reconfigured to accommodate the assembly of multiple product lines. This approach allows Spartan to quickly scale up production to meet its customers' expedited delivery needs or scale down to accommodate changing business cycles.

To support production of the new Isuzu vehicle, a new plant will be added to the Spartan portfolio and Charlotte campus. Spartan worked closely with both the city of Charlotte and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) to create and formalize plans for this new plant. The facility will be 85,000ft2 and will be dedicated solely to production of Isuzu products.

"Over the last 18 months, we have implemented a number of changes in different areas of the company which are driving increased revenue and business performance. However, when an existing customer such as Isuzu makes a multi-year commitment to Spartan, we feel that is the best validation that we are focused on the right things and making progress in the right areas," says Daryl Adams, president and CEO, Spartan Motors. "We want to thank our partners at the City of Charlotte and the MEDC for their collaboration and support. We look forward to further expansion of our manufacturing footprint and bringing additional new jobs to Michigan."

Source: Spartan Motors