PLATTSBURGH — Prevost, a leading coach manufacturer in North America with a site in Plattsburgh, has received its largest order ever that is expected to lead to 25 new jobs here.

The state’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has awarded Prevost, which is part of the Volvo Group, two contracts for up to 330 buses, with a firm order of 307 buses to be delivered between 2020 and 2022, and options for 23 additional buses, according to a company news release.

NEW LOCAL JOBS

The contracts will create 25 new jobs at Prevost in Plattsburgh plus an additional 15 jobs at a Prevost sub-assembly provider, the release said.

The deal will allow Prevost to double its production of buses at its American factory.

“This is great news for Prevost to obtain these new contracts from North America’s largest transportation network, which will continue to reinforce Prevost’s leadership position in the North American coach market,” Francois Tremblay, general manager at Prevost, said in a statement.

DEMONSTRATE SKILLS

The Prevost plant opened in the Town of Plattsburgh on Banker Road in 2014 after receiving a commuter-bus contract from the MTA.

“We are very proud as the buses for MTA will be built just a few hours drive from New York City,” Tremblay said.

“Our presence in this state is very important for Prevost and our talented employees in Plattsburgh are eager to demonstrate their skills once again to the MTA.”

RIGHT HERE IN TOWN

Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor Michael Cashman said Prevost builds a premium product.

“Working just down the road, I watch daily as they road test vehicles before being sent out,” Cashman said.

“It brings a smile to my face knowing every time a Prevost heads out for delivery is was made right here in town. We are proud of their product and their employees.”

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Haken Agnevall, president of Volvo Buses, said they are sincerely proud and grateful for the continued trust that MTA has put in the Volvo team by awarding Prevost the largest order ever in the history of the company.

“We continue to serve our customers with a strong focus on uptime, reliability and service support,” Agnevall said.

“MTA has the largest bus and coach fleet in North America and we want to make a difference for the citizens of New York with these commuters.”

WIN-WIN-WIN

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York said the record-breaking contract was a “win-win-win,” for the company, the North Country economy, and for commuters in New York.

“The MTA’s bus service is a lifeline for countless residents of New York and I’m so glad to see that it recognizes that Prevost’s world-class Plattsburgh workforce produces a superior product for commuters in our state,” Schumer said.

North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-Schuylerville) said the contract will bring significant economic activity to the Plattsburgh area.

“I am glad their new contract, the largest one in company history, will provide increased access to transportation for those who utilize it,” Stefanik said.

“I am proud to continue to be an outspoken advocate for business initiatives that will have positive impacts, much like this one.”

EXCELLENT YEARS AHEAD

North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas said the contract represents a major expression of confidence by the MTA in the quality buses being produced by Prevost and Nova Bus in the North Country.

“This brings additional major work to the Prevost operation in Plattsburgh, as well as to their area suppliers and vendors, while putting more of the great buses made here in New York on the roads of New York,” Douglas said.

“This begins to tee up our manufacturing cluster for another excellent few years ahead. We thank the MTA for its decision, we thank Volvo Group for its commitment to the North Country through both its Nova Bus and Prevost production operations, and we thank our state and federal friends who have been supportive at all times including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, State Sen. Betty Little, Assemblyman Billy Jones, Sen. Charles Schumer and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik.”

TREMENDOUS VICTORY

Jones (D-Plattsburgh) said he was happy the MTA put their faith in Prevost for this record-breaking contract.

“This deal is a tremendous victory for the hardworking residents of the North Country, bringing 40 new jobs to the Plattsburgh area that will help support our families and boost our regional economy,” Jones said.

“This is great news for everyone involved, and I’m grateful for this exciting new opportunity.”

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