Spartan Chassis, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. announced on June 16 that it received a tax credit grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), allowing the company to create 415 jobs over the next five years. The MEDC is also projecting the creation of an additional 641 jobs at other Michigan companies by 2009 because of the increased economic activity created by the expansion. Spartan, which currently employs 438 people in Michigan and an additional 275 in South Carolina, South Dakota, and Pennsylvania, said it had considered a site in Kentucky, but the Single Business Tax credit, worth $4.3 million, convinced the company to expand in Michigan. An economic analysis by the University of Michigan estimates that nearly $603 million in new personal income will be generated from the project over the life of the agreement. The company said it also plans to invest $7.3 million to expand its operations in Charlotte to grow its current product line in response to new business contracts with RV makers Fleetwood RV and Newmar Corporation, as well as its strong fire truck chassis orders. In June 2004, Spartan Chassis announced that it was named the exclusive chassis supplier for three of Newmar Corp.'s diesel-powered motor home product lines for the 2005-model year and five of Fleetwood RV's diesel-powered motor home product lines beginning August 1, 2004.

Originally posted on Fleet Financials