19 Dec, 2019, 11:30 ET
SAINT-NICOLAS, QC, Dec. 19, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - Prevost, a leading coach manufacturer in North America, is celebrating a major event – the award of its largest order ever in term of value with the win of 2 New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) contracts.
MTA has awarded Prevost 2 contracts for up to 330 buses, with a firm order of 307 buses to be delivered between 2020 and 2022, and options for 23 additional buses. These contracts will create 20 new jobs in Quebec, 25 new jobs at Prevost in Plattsburgh plus an additional 15 jobs at Prevost sub-assembly provider in the State of New York during the build of these contracts. This order, which will benefit both the company's Quebec and American suppliers, will also allows Prevost to double its production of buses at its American factory.
"This is great news for Prevost to obtain these new contracts from the North America's largest transportation network, which will continue to reinforce Prevost's leadership position in the North American coach market. We initially opened our assembly line in Plattsburgh in 2014 after we received our first commuter bus contract from MTA. We are very proud as the buses for MTA will be built just a few hours drive from New York City. Our presence in this state is very important for Prevost and our talented employees in Plattsburgh are eager to demonstrate their skills once again to MTA", declared François Tremblay, Vice President and General Manager at Prevost.
"The Québec ground transportation equipment industry can count on the contribution of successful companies such as Prevost to expand its international reach and increase its reputation in various markets, including the bus market. It is a source of great pride to know that such a large organization like MTA's has chosen a Quebec flagship that is almost 100 years old to expand its fleet of buses. This is further proof that Québec has the necessary expertise and know-how to occupy a prominent place in the global economy and, above all, to win major contracts. My congratulations to Prevost on this great achievement," said Minister of Economy and Innovation of Quebec, Pierre Fitzgibbon.
"Mass public transportation contributes to decarbonization, and Québec is proud to participate in this effort by promoting its industry. This contract between Québec company Prevost and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the largest transit network in North America, attests to this. I'm pleased to highlight Prevost's success in New York State and abroad," added Catherine Loubier, Québec's delegate general in New York.
"We are sincerely proud and grateful for the continued trust that MTA is putting in the Volvo team by awarding Prevost the largest order ever in the history of the company. We continue to serve our customers with a strong focus on uptime, reliability and service support. MTA has the largest bus and coach fleet in North America and we want to make a difference for the citizens of New York," said Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Buses.
"This well-earned, record-breaking contract for Prevost to build new buses for the MTA is a win-win-win for the company, for the North Country economy, which will receive a critical shot in the arm from this manufacturing work in the form of 40 good-paying jobs, and for commuters in New York who will soon have access to a smooth ride on 330 brand new, top-of-the-line buses. The MTA's bus service is a lifeline for countless residents of New York and I'm so glad to see that it recognizes that Prevost's world-class Plattsburgh workforce produces a superior product for commuters in our state," said Senator Schumer.
"This is exciting news for Prevost and for North Country residents", said Congresswoman Stefanik. "I am glad their new contract, the largest one in company history, will provide increased access to transportation for those who utilize it. This will bring significant economic activity to the Plattsburgh area, and I am proud to continue to be an outspoken advocate for business initiatives that will have positive impacts, much like this one."
Prevost is a leading manufacturer of premium intercity touring coaches and the world leader in the production of conversion coaches for high-end motorhome and specialty conversion. As part of the Volvo Group, it has access to the financial strength, research capability, and manufacturing expertise of the group. The Volvo Group is one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. www.prevostcar.com
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