New Flyer breaks ground on Alabama research centre
NEW FLYER of America Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc., today broke ground on a $25-million (U.S.) building renovation and expansion project in Anniston, Ala. The 36-acre, five-building campus will feature a new Vehicle Innovation Center (VIC), North America’s first innovation lab dedicated to the advancement of bus and coach technology. The VIC will be led in partnership with Motor Coach Industries Inc. (MCI), another U.S. subsidiary of the company, and delivers on the company’s commitment to improving U.S. jobs, infrastructure, manufacturing and innovation.
“Repairing infra struc ture through advanced technology is paramount to America’s competitiveness, safety and prosperity. Through New Flyer’s investment in advanced engineering and manufacturing, we have the potential to dramatically transform the future of public transportation in the U.S.,” said Wayne Joseph, president of New Flyer of America. “We are proud to power sustainable new technologies, collaborations for smart cities and opportunities to connect people to places.”
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey was in attendance to commemorate the groundbreaking. “New Flyer’s increased presence in Alabama will bolster the economy and serve as a proving ground for U.S. advanced technology,” said Ms. Ivey. “This project will benefit our people, our communities and the world around us, while reinforcing the message that Alabama is open for business.”
Establishment of the VIC also includes development of an advisory group comprising industry leaders. The VIC will formally open in October, 2017, with the expansion expected to be completed by June, 2018. Through ongoing delivery of interactive experiences and collaboration with industry leaders, the VIC will feature a world-class manufacturing lab, exhibit space and training areas to:
• Explore and advance bus and coach technology;
• Foster dialogue on the latest zero-emission and autonomous driving vehicle technologies;
• Engage learning;
• Generate energy and commitment to clean air quality, safety and economic benefits for people, communities and business;
• Harness the positive influence of collaboration, environmental stewardship and social change to advance mobility solutions.
Development of the VIC is supported by New Flyer and MCI partners, each contributing interactive learning experiences that highlight New Flyer’s electric and autonomous vehicle technologies. Partners confirmed to date include: Siemens, ABB, A123 Systems, XALT Energy, Parker/Vansco, Valeo (Spheros), Vapor Bus International (WABTEC), Powerex Inc., Ballard Power Systems, Hydrogenics, ChargePoint, Thermo King, EMP, Center for Transportation and the Environment, CALSTART, and Alabama Power.
The Anniston, Ala., campus, acquired by New Flyer of America in 2013, manufactures complete transit buses from high-strength frames to final assembly. In 2015, New Flyer invested $20-million (U.S.) to transform the campus into a world-class LEAN manufacturing facility capable of producing New Flyer’s Xcelsior heavy-duty bus platform. The 2017/2018 expansion will add approximately 76,000 square feet, increasing the Anniston campus space to nearly 380,000 square feet.
Karen Baxter condensed this news release (email@example.com).
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