Bus Manufacturer Investing $25M In Alabama

New Flyer of America is planning major building renovation and expansions at its Anniston, AL production campus.

New Flyer of America Inc. will invest $25 million in major building renovations and expansions at its Anniston, AL production campus. The U.S. subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc. is the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America.

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“We are extremely fortunate to have both local and state cooperation and support for this project – a true partnership,” said Wayne Joseph, President of New Flyer of America. “I specifically want to thank Governor Ivey and her team at the Department of Commerce, Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield, Mayor Draper and City Manager Salley from the City of Anniston, and Alabama Power, for all of their time and effort on our behalf. This investment in process efficiency, operational capacity, and technological development further elevates Anniston as a leading manufacturing site for zero-emission vehicles, and invests in jobs and infrastructure in Alabama.”

This investment builds on New Flyer of America’s commitment to American infrastructure, manufacturing, innovation, and jobs. It adds fabrication equipment that enhances component manufacturing, streamlines the weld process, expands the operational footprint, and adds capacity and an innovation center for zero-emission bus production.

The New Flyer Anniston campus (formerly North American Bus Industries) was acquired by New Flyer in 2013. It consists of five buildings that manufacture transit buses from part fabrication, to high-strength frame welding, to final assembly. In 2015, New Flyer invested $20 million to transform the campus to a world-class LEAN manufacturing site capable of producing New Flyer’s Xcelsior® heavy-duty bus platform.

“This investment not only enhances our technical capabilities, but also provides advanced air quality measures to provide the safest possible work environment for our team members,” explained Kevin Wood, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing. “We are proud to invest in the development of innovative, industry-leading manufacturing and work environments.”

New Flyer has over 50 years of experience in manufacturing zero-emission buses (ZEBs) and has 24 fabrication, manufacturing, distribution, and service centers. It employs more American workers than any other bus manufacturer in North America.

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