Charlotte-based Spartan Motors Inc. has announced the launch of Detroit Truck Manufacturing, a captive channel supplier of fabricated aluminum cabs for Spartan’s fire trucks as well as the cab and chassis product it supplies to more than 40 OEM fire truck manufacturers. It is in Madison Heights, and renovation is complete.
The facility is on five acres and is located at 111 E. 12 Mile Road.
“In addition to producing cabs designed for final stage manufacturing, this initiative further protects Spartan from potential supplier disruptions in our changing economic climate,” says Daryl Adams, president and CEO of Spartan Motors. “While we plan to further expand our supply base across the organization as part of our long-term strategic growth and financial initiatives, creating a captive channel cab manufacturer provides Spartan greater flexibility and an optimized cost structure to fuel additional profitable growth.”
Detroit Truck Manufacturing provides opportunity through its proximity to the Detroit area, customers, skilled automotive talent pool, and improved quality of product validation. The initiative will further Spartan’s vertical integration strategy for efficiencies and savings and will leverage reduced material costs and freight savings.
Spartan Motors offers fleet vehicles and services, emergency response products, and specialty vehicles. It employs about 2,300 associates.