12/19/2019 - MAJOR BUS ORDER FOR PREVOST
CHAMBER WELCOMES MAJOR BUS ORDER FOR PREVOST
The North Country Chamber of Commerce is welcoming the announcement that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York has awarded two contracts to Prevost in Plattsburgh for up to 330 buses to be used for commuter services in the New York City metropolitan area.
"This is the largest contract by value in Prevost's history, and represents a major expression of confidence by the MTA in the quality buses being produced by Prevost and Nova Bus in the North Country," states Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce. "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. 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 Governor Andrew Cuomo, State Senator Betty Little, Assemblyman Billy Jones, Senator Charles Schumer and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. Onward and upward!"
The Chamber notes that the Prevost/Nova Bus operations in Plattsburgh are key elements of the 54 company cluster of Transportation Equipment and Aerospace manufacturers now in the North Country employing more than 9,000 people.
PREVOST PRESS RELEASE
Prevost celebrates a major announcement: the largest contract in company history
Prevost, a leading coach manufacturer in North America, is celebrating a major event – the award of its largest order ever in term of value with the win of 2 New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) contracts.
MTA has awarded Prevost 2 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. These contracts will create 25 new jobs at Prevost in Plattsburgh plus an additional 15 jobs at Prevost sub-assembly provider during the build of these contracts. It also allows Prevost to double its production of buses at its American factory.
“This is great news for Prevost to obtain these new contracts from the North America’s largest transportation network, which will continue to reinforce Prevost’s leadership position in the North American coach market. We initially opened our assembly line in Plattsburgh in 2014 after we received our first commuter bus contract from MTA. We are very proud as the buses for MTA will be built just a few hours drive from New York City. 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 MTA”, added François Tremblay, General Manager at Prevost.
“We are sincerely proud and grateful for the continued trust that MTA is putting 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. 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,” said Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Buses.
"This well-earned, record-breaking contract for Prevost to build new buses for the MTA is a win-win-win for the company, for the North Country economy, which will receive a critical shot in the arm from this manufacturing work in the form of 40 good-paying jobs, and for commuters in New York who will soon have access to a smooth ride on 330 brand new, top-of-the-line buses. 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," said Senator Schumer.
This is exciting news for Prevost and for North Country residents”, said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I am glad their new contract, the largest one in company history, will provide increased access to transportation for those who utilize it. This will bring significant economic activity to the Plattsburgh area, and I am proud to continue to be an outspoken advocate for business initiatives that will have positive impacts, much like this one.”
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Prevost is a leading manufacturer of premium intercity touring coaches and the world leader in the production of conversion coaches for high-end motorhome and specialty conversion. As part of the Volvo Group, it has access to the financial strength, research capability, and manufacturing expertise of the group. The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. www.prevostcar.com