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[image: thumbnail]Blue Bird awards 10 suppliers for outstanding performance and product excellence during its annual Supplier Conference

Macon, GA (November 7, 2014) – Blue Bird Corporation recently presented the 2014 Supplier Awards during its annual Supplier Conference held in Macon, Georgia. With over 390 production suppliers, the company recognized 10 distinguished suppliers for their commitment to quality, innovation, service and timely delivery. The suppliers were also awarded for their alignment with Blue Bird’s corporate culture which fosters teamwork, innovation, integrity and tenacity.

Blue Bird’s 2014 Supplier of the Year award was presented to Bendix Commercial Systems, an industry-leading supplier of multiple Blue Bird brake offerings. In 2014, Bendix strategically partnered with Blue Bird to launch a premiere air disc brake. Bendix’s outstanding dedication to innovation and technology greatly contributed to the tremendous success of the product launch.

"Bendix is truly honored and very proud to receive this year’s Supplier of the Year award from Blue Bird Corporation,” said Scott Burkhart, vice president of sales, marketing & business development for Bendix. “We value our collaboration and we share the same common corporate values. Working together, we deliver innovation, quality, reliability and performance for the products and services that are a part of every Blue Bird bus. We look forward to what the future has in store.”

Winners of the Blue Bird’s 2014 Outstanding Supplier award are:

  • Chicago Expert Importers (CEI)
  • Cummins, Inc.
  • Dana Holding Corporation
  • Hankook Tire America, Inc.
  • HSM Transportation Solutions
  • Quality Drive Away, Inc.
  • Roller Die and Forming
  • Roush CleanTech
  • St. Claire Technologies

“Blue Bird is proud to recognize these 10 outstanding suppliers,” said Dave Whelan, senior vice president of supply chain. “Throughout 2014, these suppliers provided superior performance that strengthened Blue Bird’s ability to deliver the company’s four priorities— safety, quality, durability and serviceability. Blue Bird is privileged to have an exceptional supplier base and we look forward to 2015 as we continue to gain market share and provide our customers with industry-leading buses.”

Posted on 2014-11-09

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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