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Nova Bus marks official opening of Plattsburgh facility

PLATTSBURGH - The wheels on buses now being created in Clinton County will soon go round and round.

Representatives from Nova Bus Corporation joined local dignitaries June 15 for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at the corporation's new $25 million manufacturing facility on Banker Road.

Nova Bus president and chief executive officer Gilles Dion said he considered the opening a "very important milestone in Nova Bus history," being the corporation's first facility in the United States. Nova Bus, which is a division of Volvo Group based in Saint-Eustache, Quebec, has been performing strong in Canada's mass transportation manufacturer market, said Dion, holding an approximate 45 percent market share.

It's Dion's expectation Nova Bus will eventually gain the same footing as it breaks into the U.S. market.

"Nova Bus has grown by leaps and bounds, both as a bus manufacturer and as a transportation solution provider," said Dion. "Our buses built in our Plattsburgh factory will carry the same high-quality and reliable standards which have built up the Nova Bus brand in the market for several years."

The anticipated success of Nova Bus' latest venture, said Dion, will be built on collaborative partnerships like the ones the corporation has already forged with several key agencies. During the groundbreaking for the Banker Road facility in April 2008, Dion credited representatives from the state, the town of Plattsburgh, The Development Corporation, Crossborder Development Corporation, and the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce for forming a "successful team effort" in the creation of the Nova Bus development.

Chamber of commerce president Garry F. Douglas thanked Dion for the recognition on behalf of the chamber's more than 3,000 members. Douglas likened the success of the Nova Bus facility opening to the popular children's song, "The Wheels on the Bus," in which the lyrics state "the wheels on the bus go round and round, all through the town."

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