Nova Bus marks official opening of Plattsburgh facility

"Thanks to the remarkable workforce, management team and all the community support that surrounds what's being launched here today, wheels on buses made at this plant are going to be going round and round all through towns, all across the United States," said Douglas. "That's exciting."

The communities whose economic futures are centered on the automotive industry are in uncertain times, Douglas continued. However, companies such as Nova Bus and train-manufacturer Bombardier Transportation, which focus on mass transit, are companies he feels will withstand the current economic crunch.

"We're going to be making buses and we're going to be making trains here in Plattsburgh for decades to come," said Douglas.

Those words were echoed in the sentiments by Plattsburgh Town Supervisor Bernard C. Bassett, who, like Dion, credited the various municipal and private agencies working together for to see the Nova Bus project come to fruition

"We're very pleased to have Nova Bus in this community," said Bassett. "During these tough economic times, to bring close to 200 jobs to start into this community is just outstanding."

"It was absolute collaboration all the way," added Bassett. "And, the relationship is just beginning."

The new Nova Bus plant is a 135,740-square-foot facility, which employs approximately 200 people, according to information provided by the corporation. Production has already begun, with the facility currently assembling buses to be used in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in British Columbia, Canada. The contract is being split between the Plattsburgh facility and Nova Bus' two other manufacturing facilities in Montreal and Saint-Eustache.

The Plattsburgh facility has also secured a contract with the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York City to construct 90 Nova LFS articulated buses, which will begin production later this year, said Dion. The contract is expected to be completed between January and June next year.

"New York is a very visible business partner, and very, well-known in the transit authorities network so that's a very important project for us," said Dion.

As for who the next large municipal Nova Bus contract will land, Dion said only time will tell.

"Every city that needs transportation solutions, that needs a very professional transportation solution provider, we're there," said Dion. "I don't know which one will be the next one, but we shall know quite soon."

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