NOVA BUS IS BUILDING THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC TRANSIT RIGHT HERE, IN NEW YORK
In June 2009, Nova Bus opened a 140,000 square foot plant in Plattsburgh, NY. The construction of this $25M facility brought hopes and job opportunities to hundreds of New Yorkers in a still stagnant economy.
The location was perfect – close to Montreal, where Nova Bus’ head office is located; in New York State, home to numerous bus component suppliers; and not that far from New York City, one of the nation’s largest markets for buses.
“Building a plant in New York State was a strategic corporate decision that has proven to be invaluable for the company,” says Jean-Pierre Baracat, President of Nova Bus.
Transit buses built in New York means jobs for New York
The Plattsburgh plant’s first customer was New York City Transit, which bought the entire first production run. “Today’s plant is a hustle and bustle of activities that continue to bring dollars and jobs to New York, winning recent orders for SEPTA (PA), Capital Metro (TX), Stockton (CA) and CTA Chicago (IL),” says Rob Mowat, Vice-President of Sales at Nova Bus.
The plant provides quality employment to more than 200 Americans and works with 182 suppliers in 32 states. In fact, every transit bus built in Plattsburgh facility creates or maintains 1.1 direct jobs and 5 indirect jobs.
“Nova Bus vehicles are fully Buy-America compliant and each is assembled by skilled and qualified New Yorkers,” added Mowat.
On a larger scale, Nova Bus is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of buses, trucks, construction equipment and drive systems. Its group strongly contributes to the country’s economic development, with close to 12,000 employees in 7 production facilities across the U.S. Subsidiaries of the Volvo Group include brands such as Prevost and Mack Trucks.
Made in New York and maximizing New York content
Nova Bus’ resounding success in Plattsburgh led suppliers to develop an interest in establishing a presence in the region. Since the plant was built, bus component suppliers such as SpencerARL, B3CG Interconnect, CinTube, Elegance Coating and Solve Composites have also opened facilities in the area.
The company continuously tries to extend its relationships within the state to maximize the New York content in its products and generate significant economic benefits here. Currently, many components used to build Nova Bus vehicles, including the HVAC system, stanchions, cable assemblies and harnesses, are made in New York.
Creating value for Plattsburgh and building community
Nova Bus believes in giving back to the communities it serves, not just with money and resources but also with talent and time. Its colleagues support various non-profit organizations which work locally to strengthen communities and improve quality of life.
Nova Bus uses Volvo’s Code of Conduct and Environmental Policy to guide its decisions and actions. Its Plattsburgh plant is ISO 9001 certified and is taking steps to become ISO 14001 certified in 2013.
Transit buses are part of the solution to our nation’s economic, energetic and environmental challenges.
Public funds spent on New York manufactured buses mean quality employment in New York State and the retention of economic benefits for numerous New Yorkers and their families.
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