July 25, 2013

Prevost lands $164.8 million contract

PLATTSBURGH — Prevost has landed a $164.8 million contract to build 300 buses in the Town of Plattsburgh for the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority.

The MTA Board of Directors approved the contract at a meeting Wednesday.

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The over-the-road, clean-diesel buses would be built at the Nova Bus plant on Banker Road for MTA’s New York City Transit.

North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas said the contract is another next step forward in Plattsburgh’s emergence as one of North America’s top centers for the production of 21st-century transportation equipment.

“The addition of this exciting new operation shows great confidence by Volvo and Prevost in our area’s ability to make such a venture successful,” he said by email. 

“We and our partners have been pleased to work actively with Prevost, the state and others in the effort to secure this critical first contract and make the venture happen here, and we are fully ready to assist with workforce training and other needs in the months ahead.

“This will include a state training program we will be overseeing for Prevost and the North Country Regional Economic Development Council. Special thanks (go) to the MTA, Prevost, Gov. Cuomo, Empire State Development, The Development Corporation, Clinton Community College and all of the team that worked together once again for investment and jobs in the North Country.”


Gilles Corriveau, a spokesperson for Prevost, would only confirm the company had submitted a proposal to the MTA.

“We have not received any sort of official confirmation from the MTA,” he said on Wednesday, adding that the company is in the midst of its annual two-week summer holiday.

The Press-Republican listened to the MTA Board of Directors webcast Wednesday morning, where the Prevost contract was one of several approved.

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