Road Rescue Gets More Spartan Funding, New Chief

The Road Rescue division of ambulance and rescue vehicles manufacturer Spartan Motors (SMI) announced today it will receive additional funding from its mother company, as well as a new head of day-today-operation.

The funding will be used by Road Rescue to build a new customer inspection facility, add new equipment to the assembly lines, as well as additional upgrade aimed at easing the workflow for the production of new vehicles, scheduled for introduction in the year to come.

In addition, David Reid, currently Spartan Motors vice president, will take on the role of day-today operations chief with Road Rescue. He will be responsible for the financial performance of both Road Rescue and fire apparatus manufacturer Crimson Fire.

Before joining Spartan, Reid previously worked for furniture manufacturer Herman Miller and later their subsidiary, Milcare.

"Road Rescue builds the best, safest and strongest ambulances in the industry, and Spartan Motors remains deeply committed its success," Tom Gorman, SMI CEO said when announcing the appointment. "Dave Reid has been a recognized and effective change agent since joining us in 2007. He and his team have the full support - and resources - of SMI to supplement the talent in Marion."

"Spartan has a reputation of excellence in engineering and custom manufacturing in every industry where it operates," David Reid added. "We are flexible, nimble and committed to meeting deadlines. The shared services team now operating at Road Rescue brings that philosophy to Marion."

Road Rescue has been designing and manufacturing ambulances and emergency rescue vehicles since 1976.
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