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ATLANTIC EXPRESS RECEIVES EXPEDITED DELIVERY OF 100 BLUE BIRD SCHOOL BUSES TO REPLACE FLEET DAMAGED BY HURRICANE SANDY

[image: thumbnail]STATEN ISLAND, NY (March 7, 2013) - The fury of wind and water from Hurricane Sandy’s powerful effects took all on the Northeast by storm, including leading national school bus company Atlantic Express Transportation Corporation. With hundreds of yellow school buses from its New York City fleet severely damaged or completely destroyed, Atlantic Express needed immediate help replacing the fleet. Committed to providing valuable transportation needs for Atlantic Express, the Blue Bird team worked relentlessly to fill an initial order of 100 Blue Bird Visions within record time for delivery this past December.

Leveraging the support of Blue Bird’s top-notch dealer network, dealers and customers across North America agreed to defer buses that were scheduled for immediate build to ensure that buses for Atlantic Express were instead placed into their production slots to aid hurricane relief efforts. Additionally, Blue Bird employees, along with a committed supply base, worked vigorously to ensure all 100 buses were built for expedited delivery.

“Hundreds of employees throughout Blue Bird worked closely with the production team and our suppliers to reduce lead-time by 60% and ensure that each bus was able to travel down the production line on an accelerated schedule that ensured December delivery. The ability to deliver these 100 buses in record time is a testament to the commitment and perseverance of Blue Bird employees, Blue Bird dealers and our outstanding suppliers coming together with a common mission to help the people of New York City,” said Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird Corporation.

“Atlantic Express is very grateful to Blue Bird and its suppliers for stepping up and quickly mobilizing to manufacture and deliver 100 brand new Blue Bird school buses to replace a portion of our fleet destroyed by Hurricane Sandy,” said Domenic Gatto, CEO and president of Atlantic Express Transportation Group. Atlantic Express transports thousands of school children in the New York region and major cities across the nation.

“Our business transports New York City’s most precious cargo, the school children of New York City. Having a brand new, reliable and safe fleet on the road allows us to do our important job and fulfill our commitment to the children and the entire City of New York.” “As one of New York’s largest contractors, Atlantic Express was in swift need of new school buses to replace those destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. As a member of Blue Bird’s valuable dealer network, Bird Bus Sales can appreciate the generosity extended by Blue Bird’s dealers and employees working to ensure that Atlantic Express’ buses were able to be placed into immediate production and be delivered in record time,” said Rick Reichenbach, president of Bird Bus Sales.

Blue Bird’s committed and hard-working supplier network also rose to the challenge to quickly replace the storm damaged school buses. Adding extra hours to production schedules and working overtime, Blue Bird’s supplier base provided expedited parts to ensure Atlantic Express’ critical buses were complete. These outstanding suppliers that went the extra mile are: Aloma Shim, American Fabricators, Amsafe, Apogee, Bendix, Bergstrom, Blue Linx, Bode, Bostrum Seating, CE White, Cummins Emissions, Cummins Inc., Delphi, Global Harnesses, Haralson Metal, Hendrickson Axles, Hendrickson Springs, Hotstart Mfg., I.O. Controls, Machine Tech, Meritor Axles, National Seating, Paramont, RCA Rubber, Rosco Mirrors, Schwartz Precision, Specialty Manufacturing, Spectal, St. Clair, Tankcraft, TitanX and Turning Inc.

For questions regarding Blue Bird’s complete line of buses, visit your local Blue Bird dealer.

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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