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[image: thumbnail]Nominated in the large manufacturer segment, Blue Bird receives distinction for showcasing excellence in manufacturing and corporate citizenship

FORT VALLEY, GA. (March 28, 2013) -- Blue Bird Corporation is proud to announce it has been nominated for the 2013 Georgia Manufacturer of the Year Award. Nominated in the large manufacturer category, Blue Bird Corporation is the second largest manufacturer in the automotive category in the state of Georgia. Headquartered in Fort Valley, Georgia since its founding in 1927, Blue Bird employees 1,500 Georgians from over 20 Georgia counties.

The 2013 Georgia Manufacturer of the Year award evaluates companies on specific criteria relating to economic impact in the state of Georgia, corporate citizenship, community and civic involvement, and employee relations. Since 1927, Blue Bird’s economic impact to the state of Georgia has remained significant. Blue Bird provides over $70 million in annual salaries and taxes in addition to purchases of materials and utilities from Georgia-based suppliers generating an additional $30 million in economic impact. Each Blue Bird bus produced and sold in Georgia provides a positive impact to the state GNP of around $86,000.

Blue Bird operates three facilities in Fort Valley, including its world headquarters and manufacturing plant, a fabrication facility and its parts & service offices. With environmental stewardship at the forefront of operations, Blue Bird is 89% landfill-free with imminent plans that will increase the number to 98%. Simply put, Blue Bird has an established recycling program for all excess manufacturing materials and waste to further reduce the company’s carbon footprint. Additionally, Blue Bird is the only bus manufacturer that builds a complete line of low-emission alternative fuel school buses which operate on propane autogas and compressed natural gas (CNG), with more than 3 ½ times the number of alternative fuel buses on the road than all of its competitors combined.

Corporate citizenship is exhibited daily at Blue Bird. With involvement in numerous state and local chambers of commerce, financial and volunteer support to area schools, colleges and universities, significant financial and volunteer support to local charities, and employee involvement in mentoring, job shadowing and individual tutoring programs, corporate citizenship is instilled at all levels of the company. Additionally, Blue Bird employs
a full-time corporate chaplain who leads bi-weekly non-denominational services for employees, assists with employee counseling and performs regular hospital visits.

“Blue Bird is honored to be among the list of stellar manufacturers nominated as it reinforces our corporate commitment to our employees, our dealers, our customers and the state of Georgia,” said Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird Corporation. “Blue Bird’s headquarters and main operations have always been centered in Georgia. The Fort Valley, Peach County and surrounding Georgia communities have helped propel Blue Bird to become the leading manufacturer it is today.”

The 2013 Georgia Manufacturer of the Year announcements are scheduled for Wednesday, April 3 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Posted on 2013-03-28

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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