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February 2, 2008

Bus-assembly plant proposed for Plattsburgh

Nova Bus assembly plant expected to create 300 jobs

PLATTSBURGH -- A Canadian bus manufacturer is considering building an assembly plant in Clinton County.

Information obtained by the Press-Republican from the Town of Plattsburgh Planning and Engineering Department under the Freedom of Information Act includes a traffic study prepared by Stantec Consulting Services Inc. for a bus-assembly plant.

The company behind the plan is believed to be Nova Bus, a division of Prevost Car Inc.

Pierre Pelland, a Nova Bus spokesman, said he was not able to comment on the company's plans.

Nova Bus is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volvo Bus Corp. Information from the Nova Bus Web site, www.novabus.com, states it is one of the largest manufacturers of city, suburban and shuttle buses in North America.

Plans in the traffic study call for a 140,000-square-foot bus-assembly plant to be built on property north of the UPS facility in the Banker Road Industrial Park. By comparison, the UPS facility at the Banker Road park is 40,800 square feet.

The company is expected to eventually employ more than 300 workers.

Several developers have submitted bids to build the facility. The deadline for those bids was Friday.

Sources tell the Press-Republican the company has been working actively with the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce, The Development Corporation and Empire State Development for several months now, but officials from those agencies would not confirm that.

Banker Road is one of several locations the company is believed to be considering.

Nova Bus operates two plants in the province of Quebec. Saint-Francois-du-Lac, about 75 miles northeast of Montreal, is where the bus structures, parts and some components are manufactured.

Saint-Eustache, just northwest of Montreal, is home to an assembly plant and administrative and sales offices.

A Clinton County location would allow the company to meet federal U.S.-content provisions that are part of almost all large metropolitan transit contracts, similar to the reason Bombardier operates its facility in Plattsburgh.

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