Spartan Chassis Inc. — a manufacturer of custom chassis and vehicles for the national emergency-rescue, recreational and specialty vehicle markets — recently honored PPG with its 2008 SPARC Award for outstanding supplier performance. The announcement was made at Spartan’s Sixth Annual Supplier Conference at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing, Mich.
The SPARC award, an acronym for “Supplier Performance Action Review Committee,” is based on a Spartan Chassis supplier’s engineering and manufacturing support, product quality and price, innovation and responsiveness. PPG was heavily involved in the construction of a new paint facility in Charlotte, Mich., to cover Spartan Chassis’ growing fire truck business. PPG provided technical support along with product and equipment recommendations.
“I can’t say enough about the support we received from PPG,” says Dennis Beard, purchasing supervisor for Charlotte-based Spartan Chassis. “They rose to every occasion. Their responsiveness was phenomenal in allaying any concerns we had. So when it came time to nominate contenders for the SPARC award, PPG was first to come to mind.”
PPG has had a long-term relationship with Spartan Chassis, a subsidiary of Spartan Motors Inc., serving as the company’s primary paint supplier and providing them with the Delfleet line of finishes. Spartan Chassis has three divisions: fire truck, motor homes and defense products. Suppliers servicing any of the three were considered for the award.
Greg Sarnacki, commercial zone manager for Strongsville, Ohio-based PPG, accepted the award along with PPG account executive Jim Cole. “Spartan Motors is a key player in the fire and emergency segment,” Sarnacki says. “We work very hard to try and understand their business and their service needs, and we’re happy to help them in every way we can. Receiving the SPARC award is quite an honor.”