CASA GRANDE — Spartan Truck Company, a waste hauling equipment manufacturer, opened a second location in Casa Grande back in 2019, and it was key to bringing a key person onboard.

General Manager Paul Campbell has worked in the truck business since the 1970s. Campbell retired back in 2016 but owner Myan Spaccarelli asked Campbell to return.

According to Campbell, he needed four meetings to be sold on the idea to return to work. He had one request — that the facility would be in the Casa Grande area.

Spaccarelli agreed and bought the site in May 2019. “We looked for several months and found this building,” Campbell said.

By June 2019, the facility was up and running. “We put together a pretty good plan to go forward,” Campbell said.

According to Campbell, the 11-acre site currently has 15 employees. Campbell is hoping that as the business expands, it will eventually employ anywhere from 50 to 60 employees.

The Casa Grande location is the second Spartan location. Spartan Truck Company’s first location is in Sun Valley, California, located 20 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

The Spartan 300, a garbage truck with an automated side loader, will make its debut in Casa Grande sometime next week.

According to Sales and Marketing Engineer Jaccob Dalton, the Spartan 300 is the safest and cleanest model in the industry.

Casa Grande residents can expect to see more of these trucks coming in February 2021.

The city of Casa Grande recently approved the purchase of four 2021 Peterbilt cab-over engine chassis with Spartan 300 automated side load bodies to replace current trucks.

The city entered a contract with Rush Truck Centers of Arizona, which included a credit of $23,000 for the purchase of the four new trucks.

Spartan Truck Company is the body supplier of that order.

“I’ve been in this business since ‘74, but there’s always going to be garbage trucks,” Campbell said.

According to Campbell, although the trucking industry has changed over the years, the need for garbage trucks remains consistent.

The Spartan 300 truck will also make its way to Scottsdale later this month.

Spartan Truck Company’s facility offers manufacturing, parts and service.

According to Campbell, as the business expands, the company hopes to hire locals. It is located at 1441 N. VIP Blvd.

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Gabrielle Olivera is the Casa Grande reporter at PinalCentral, covering government, schools, business and more.

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