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New Flyer subsidiary NABI wins massive Washington, DC bus deal

by Canadian Manufacturing Daily Staff   

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NABI awarded contract for as many as 654 buses from Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

WINNIPEG—Manitoba bus maker New Flyer Industries Inc. says its newly acquired subsidiary has been awarded a contract for as many as 654 transit buses from a Washington, D.C. area transit authority.

North American Bus Industries, Inc. (NABI) won the contract from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) that includes a firm order of 85 of its Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) styled 42-foot diesel-electric hybrid models.

The deal includes options for another 498 42-foot NABI BRT diesel-electric hybrid or compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, and as many 71 60-foot diesel-electric hybrid buses over the five-year contract.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


According to New Flyer, production of the firm order for 85 BRT buses is anticipated to get underway in the first quarter of 2014, with all units expected to be delivered by June 2014.

All buses will be manufactured in NABI’s Anniston, Ala., facility.

The deal comes less than a month after New Flyer acquired the Alabama-based bus maker for approximately $80-million.

“We are thrilled about our recent acquisition of NABI, and this (contract) reinforces the opportunity we have to provide a broader product and support offering and create better value for our customers,” New Flyer president and CEO Paul Soubry said in the contract announcement.

“WMATA operates both New Flyer and NABI buses and collectively we have delivered 1,046 buses to WMATA since 1995.”

Together, New Flyer and NABI employ more than 3,000 people in Canada and the United States in manufacturing, fabrication, parts distribution and service.


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