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 GOSHEN, Ind., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Starcraft Automotive Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: STCR) announced the election of Allen H. Neuharth to its board of directors.
 Neuharth, 69, the founder of "USA TODAY," was formerly chairman and CEO of Gannett Co., Inc. Since his "retirement" in 1989, he has been an active author, speaker, columnist. In addition, Neuharth is chairman of The Freedom Forum, one of the nation's largest private charitable foundations.
 Neuharth began his newspaper career as a reporter on a small newspaper in his native South Dakota. After rising through reporting, editing and management ranks of newspapers across the country, Neuharth became president and chief operating officer of Gannett Co. in 1970. He added the title of chief executive in 1973 and chairman in 1979.
 Neuharth is a frequent speaker across the USA and abroad to business, government, media and academic audiences. He has also authored several books, including his autobiography, "Confessions of an S.O.B.," a New York Times best seller.
 "Al brings a wealth of experience and valuable insight to Starcraft," said Kelly L. Rose, chairman of the board and CEO of Starcraft. "We are delighted to have someone with such an outstanding record of career accomplishment join our Board."
 Neuharth reflected this same enthusiasm about being named to the board. "Joining the Board of Directors of Starcraft is an exciting challenge. As a new public company, under the dynamic leadership of Kelly Rose and his associates, Starcraft is equipped to build on its position as a leader in the van conversion industry."
 To take optimal advantage of Neuharth's experience and expertise in entrepreneurship, public relations, management motivation and the investment community, the corporation will also enter into a consulting agreement with Neuharth. Neuharth will be available to the corporation to provide consultation, assistance and advice, generally as management requests. He will also make at least two speaking appearances on the corporation's behalf each year. Neuharth will be compensated separately for his consultancy.
 Neuharth becomes the fifth member of the Starcraft board, joining corporate officers Chairman Kelly L. Rose and President Richard A. Newberry. L. Craig Fulmer and David J. Matteson are the remaining board members.
 Fulmer, 50, a Certified Public Accountant, is the founder and chairman of the board of Heritage Financial Group, Inc., a real estate management, financial service and manufacturing corporation serving the manufactured housing industry.
 Rev. Matteson, 56, has served as the associate pastor of Granger Missionary Church since 1985. Prior to that appointment, he was associated with Bethel College, where he served as vice president for business and finance, registrar, director of admissions, and director of financial aid over a 20-year period.
 Starcraft Automotive Corporation is a leading second stage manufacturer of custom van conversions. The company specializes in upscale custom vehicles and believes it is one of the five largest van conversion manufacturers in the United States. The shares are traded on the NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol "STCR."
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 /CONTACT: Kelly L. Rose of Starcraft Automotive Corporation, 219-533-1105/

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