New Flyer breaks ground on Alabama re­search cen­tre

Stockwatch Daily - - INDUSTRIALS & MATERIALS - Mr. Wayne Joseph re­ports

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 (karenb@stock­watch.com).

Phyl­lis Elaine Cochran, Larry Dean Ed­wards, Adam L Gray, Krystyna Theresa Hoeg, Gio­vanni Mar­in­ucci, Paulo Cezar da Silva Nunes, Vin­cent James Sardo, Paul Soubry, Brian Vin­cent Tobin

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