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New Flyer consolidates Transcona operations

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NEW Flyer Industries is expanding its Transcona campus, bringing its aftermarket-parts business and new-product-development divisions closer to home.

The company will move those operations into about 100,000 square feet of space across the street from its main production headquarters.

The company had been operating its Winnipeg parts and product-development divisions at a strip mall on the other side of Transcona.

Earlier in the year, New Flyer acquired the parts business from former competitor Orion bus, which is being shut down by its owners, German automakers, Daimler.

The new location will be headquarters for the Winnipeg bus company's aftermarket-parts business, which now generates about $250 million annually. The company has other parts-distribution centres in Ontario, California and Kentucky.

About 30 jobs will be created at the new facility, which will also include publications and customer-training operations.

The province kicked in $300,000 to the $1.1-million project through the Industry Workforce Development branch of the Department of Entrepreneurship Training and Trade.

Earlier in the week, the company was awarded a contract by Calgary Transit for 150 Xcelsior heavy-duty, clean diesel buses.

Production on the 40-foot vehicles is expected to begin in the fourth quarter, with all of the buses expected to be delivered by the end of 2014.

Financial details of the contract were not disclosed.

Calgary Transit operates an active fleet of 945 heavy-duty transit buses and, over the past 20 years, New Flyer has built and delivered 653 buses to the authority, most of them still in service.

New Flyer sold 10 Xcelsior 60-foot diesel buses to Calgary Transit earlier this year and also recently delivered two, 40-foot compressed natural gas Xcelsior buses to it for testing and evaluation.

New Flyer, with its recently acquired NABI subsidiary, is the leading manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in the United States and Canada, employing more than 3,000 workers in the two countries.

martin.cash@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 28, 2013 B6

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