Spartan Motors Inc. has appointed of Todd A. Heavin to the role of chief operating officer. Spartan Motors is a North American leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing and assembly for the commercial and retail vehicle industries, as well as for the emergency response and recreational vehicle markets.
Heavin has comprehensive executive and operational leadership experience spanning over three decades, building extensive knowledge in driving operational improvement with lean manufacturing systems, successfully leading multiple mergers and acquisitions through integration across companies large and small, and gaining efficiencies through operational excellence.
Heavin in the new role will leverage and enhance the Spartan Production System. Spartan’s manufacturing, engineering, quality assurance, supply chain management, project management, and environmental health and safety teams will report to Heavin immediately.
“Todd is a seasoned and trusted operational leader who consistently delivers results,” said Daryl Adams, president and CEO of Spartan Motors. “I have tremendous confidence in his ability to further align our team to drive the business forward with purpose as we pursue the next generation of market leadership for Spartan.”
Heavin most recently led the casting division for American Axle & Manufacturing where he implemented lean manufacturing and achieved leading safety, quality, delivery, and financial performance, according to the company.
“Spartan Motors is at a unique point on their growth trajectory where the right strategies and a refocus on operational metrics, alongside the implementation of the lean manufacturing and continuous improvement principles of the Spartan Production System, can yield immediate and significant returns,” Heavin said. “I look forward to joining the Spartan team and fine tuning the operational machine that will take optimization to the next level. Spartan is far from the end of driving efficiencies in the business. The time is right to advance the business environment with emphasis on the operational metrics that will both foster organic growth and make inorganic expansion a more seamless experience for the organization and our customers alike. I’m excited to get started.”