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[image: thumbnail]As Central Georgia’s largest manufacturing employer, employment numbers have grown by 44 percent over the last four years.

Fort Valley, GA (October 28, 2014) –Blue Bird Corporation’s school bus production and demand has substantially increased due to market share growth and greater industry demand over the last four years. As a leading bus manufacturer, the company has experienced growth in all vehicle segments and has expanded its alternative-fuel leadership position, led by the class-leading Propane Vision bus. Propane is the fastest growing alternative fuel in the school bus industry. As a result, the company’s employment numbers top over 1,600 employees — a 44 percent increase from 2010. This number includes a geographically diverse workforce with employees from over 45 Georgia counties. Equally impressive is employee retention, with average employee tenure of 16 years.

Governor Nathan Deal recently visited Blue Bird and toured the manufacturing line, meeting with employees and learning more about the company’s products and growth. The Governor also inspected six new custom-engineered buses for the Georgia Department of Corrections.

“Our manufacturing sector is booming, and it is because of companies like this one that our state can claim such success,” said Governor Nathan Deal. “This Georgia-based business employs more than 1,600 citizens statewide and supports other local businesses and charities. I am thankful for its commitment to Georgia citizens, our communities and the economic vitality of our state.”

“Blue Bird’s impressive growth has had a tremendous impact on Peach County, Central Georgia and the state of Georgia,” said Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird. “The company’s growth is a direct reflection of Blue Bird’s commitment to engineering and building industry-leading buses that our customers value. We are proud of Blue Bird’s sustained success and are committed to growing the company and providing more employment opportunities for the citizens of Georgia.”

Blue Bird is the second largest automotive manufacturer in the state of Georgia and the largest manufacturing employer in Central Georgia. Established in 1927, Blue Bird’s headquarters has proudly remained in Fort Valley, Georgia, where it is the city and county’s largest employer. The company’s Fort Valley footprint includes two production facilities with over one million square feet of manufacturing and fabrication space.

Photos available upon request.

Posted on 2014-10-28

As a Blue Bird customer for over 25 years, our district has a solid Blue Bird fleet of the Vision, All American and Micro Bird buses. We choose to standardize our fleet to solely Blue Bird because of the quality of the buses. Our Blue Bird school buses are dependable, our drivers love driving the buses and we receive excellent parts and service support from Blue Bird and our local dealer, New York Bus Sales.
Fred Paye
Director of Transportation
Hilton Central School District
Hilton, NY

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