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November 21, 2012

Nova Bus wins $48 million contract

70 buses for Houston to be assembled in Plattsburgh

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PLATTSBURGH —

Town Supervisor Bernie Bassett said the contract was great news for the town and the region. 

“It’s good that facilities like Nova Bus have been able to secure contracts,” he said. “Any time we can secure jobs, it’s good news for those families and good news for the economy.”

Bassett and other town officials toured the plant last week and came away impressed by the operation.

“They are producing a great product,” he said. “As they continue to get out there, other municipalities see the quality of that product.”

“Today’s announcement is another positive sign that we are making progress towards long-term economic growth in the community,” said Congressman Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh). 

“I applaud the work that Nova Bus and economic-development leaders have done to help create local jobs, and stand ready to assist with similar endeavors down the road.”

Nova Bus Public Relations Advisor Isabelle Grégoire said there are a little more than 200 employees in Plattsburgh at present. This order will allow the company to maintain that level of employment.

The company and its Plattsburgh location remain well positioned moving into 2013, Grégoire said. They are working to secure additional contracts, she said, but nothing has been finalized at this time.

Nova Bus is part of the Volvo Group, which employs approximately 12,000 workers in the United States in seven production facilities.

Email Dan Heath: dheath@pressrepublican.com

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