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Lancaster County vehicle manufacturer looks to hire 100 employees in 60 days

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Spartan Motors Inc., a company that makes utility trucks for businesses and first responders, wants to hire 100 new employees over the next 60 days as it expands the array of products made at its Lancaster County plant.

The new workers will specifically help the company build its Utilimaster line of vehicles, which consists largely of customized cargo trucks for companies in industries like construction and parcel delivery. Spartan is looking for people to serve as plant supervisors, quality engineers, general assemblers and welders, in addition to other roles, as it plans to ramp up production.

The workers will report to Spartan's plant at 64 Cocalico Creek Road in West Earl Township. More information about the job openings is available on Spartan's website.

The hiring spree comes a little less than a year after Spartan's $36.3 million purchase of Nebraska-based Smeal Fire Apparatus Co., which dealt in the types of aerial ladders found on the backs of firetrucks. The West Earl Township plant was formerly home to Ladder Tower Co., one of Smeal's subsidiaries.

Spartan expects the Smeal acquisition to rake in about $105 million in additional sales for the company by the end of 2017, according to Spartan's most recent earnings report. Spartan as a whole saw sales increase by more than 27 percent in the third quarter of 2017, as compared to the same quarter of last year.

"We're in the midst of a remarkable period of growth," Spartan president and CEO Daryl Adams said in a news release Tuesday. "And our team is expanding as a result."

Spartan, based in Michigan, employs about 2,200 people at facilities in seven states and three countries. It reported $591 million in sales in 2016.

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Jennifer Wentz

Jennifer Wentz

Jennifer Wentz covers Lancaster County, York County, financial services, taxation and legal services. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at jwentz@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @jenni_wentz.

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