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Utilimaster to do Ram upfits

by David Zatz on

Utilimaster, a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, will create and operate a Ram Commercial Upfit Center and Mopar Custom Shop in Saltillo, Mexico. This involves long-term agreements with FCA, Ram, Mopar, and vocational package suppliers.

Utilimaster has OEM upfit center operations in multiple locations, and opened in Saltillo last year. The goal is to provide integrated solutions for specialty vehicles based the Ram Promaster series.


In a press release, Utilimaster’s John Marshall, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, stressed their products’ cost-effectiveness.

The deal also includes agreements with Knapheide, Leggett & Platt/MasteRack, Adrian Steel, AutoTruck, Farmbro, and Midway, all of which can be contacted directly to order the packages and have them delivered them to a local dealership, without extra time or travel costs.

Common packages will be stocked at the center, including FedEx Ground and Home Delivery packages. The Ram ProMaster upfit hotline is at (574) 848-2111.

The center works out of a 125,000-square-foot facility in Saltillo and uses around 30-40 people for assembly: they can normally finish an installation within three to five days.

Utilimaster develops and builds products for the mobile retail, package delivery, truck rental, bakery/snack delivery, and utility and linen/uniform rental businesses. They can also do in-field installations and retrofit existing equipment.

Spartan Motors, Utilimaster’s parent company, creates specialty vehicles, truck bodies, and aftermarket parts for the recreational vehicle (RV), emergency response, government, delivery and service markets. The company employs around 1,700 people in Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Indiana, and Florida.

The postal van shown above is a speculative rendering by Bill Cawthon. Thanks for the story, patfromigh.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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