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New Flyer renovates Alabama electric bus factory

New Flyer’s renovated facility has gained an additional 76,000 square feet of space in the renovation

New Flyer of America , a US subsidiary of NFI Group, the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer in North America, has cut the ribbon on a US$25-million renovation and expansion of its Anniston, Alabama advanced manufacturing facility.

The ribbon cutting opens an additional 76,000 square feet of space, bringing the total campus to nearly 400,000-square feet of advanced manufacturing capacity and completing site readiness for production of battery-electric transit buses. The expansion insources transit bus part fabrication, centralises the welding process and expands workspace for the administration team.

Continuous improvements were also completed throughout the existing plant to improve quality and supply management, and to increase American-sourced components for New Flyer’s transit buses.

“The investment in our Anniston facility furthers New Flyer’s commitment to American jobs and manufacturing, and reiterates our ability to build and deliver safe, reliable, and technologically advanced transit buses,” said president of New Flyer of America Wayne Joseph. “Our world-class facility and outstanding people have allowed us to lead the industry in producing zero-emission, battery-electric buses. We are committed to providing efficient, connected, and sustainable mobility solutions to cities across America, and to supporting clean energy transit solutions with manufacturing excellence.”

The event follows New Flyer’s late 2017 announcement to invest US$25 million into the manufacturing facility, which preceded the opening of its Vehicle Innovation Centre (VIC) in Anniston in October 2017. The VIC is America’s first and only innovation lab dedicated to advancing bus and coach technology in the electric and autonomous space. Since opening, the VIC has welcomed over 1,000 industry visitors, including transit properties, regulator, media, suppliers, utility companies, and investors, and New Flyer further invested US$5 million to develop electric bus programming and production capacity.

Joining New Flyer of America president Wayne Joseph in lending remarks were US Senator Doug Jones, Anniston Mayor Jack Draper, and Calhoun County Economic Development Council executive director Don Hopper.

“New Flyer is a leader in innovative transportation options and I congratulate the company on completing this US$25 million project at its Anniston campus,” said Jones. “Particularly exciting is the expansion’s Vehicle Innovation Center, which will serve as a laboratory for ideas that could transform the way we travel every day. There’s no better place to start or expand a cutting-edge business than Alabama and I am thrilled that New Flyer chose to continue investing in our state’s exceptional workforce.”

The expansion builds on New Flyer’s commitment to investing in American infrastructure, manufacturing, innovation, and jobs. Over the past year, jobs at its Anniston facility have grown by nearly 30% to over 750 people. New Flyer proudly employs more American workers than any bus manufacturer in North America.

 

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