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Blue Bird offers Performance Friction products
February 1, 2012
The school bus manufacturer’s North American dealers are now stocking the supplier’s Friction Carbon Metallic brake pads and Zero Failure rotors. This includes light- and medium-duty hydraulic pads and rotors, as well as heavy-duty air disc applications, for all makes in aftermarket school bus applications.
Blue Bird talks propane at Wis. education event
January 19, 2012
Reps from the school bus manufacturer and Charter Fuels are on hand during the 2012 Wisconsin State Education Convention this week to discuss the advantages of running school fleets on propane.
Blue Bird unveils new factory training dates
January 13, 2012
The free technical workshops will be offered five times this year, alternately focusing on Blue Bird's Vision and All American school buses. Classes are limited to 25 attendees and are expected to fill up quickly.
Firm provides financing for Atlantic Express bus purchase
January 12, 2012
Fleet Financing Resources funds $875,000 for Atlantic Express of L.A. Inc. that will go toward five 2012 compressed natural gas-fueled Blue Bird A3RE school buses. The transaction was partially supported by a $225,000 clean transportation grant from Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee.
Insight on timely topics
January 10, 2012

Speakers during the NAPT Summit discuss such issues as bullying, wheelchair use, training and alternative fuels. Attendees also see several new school buses.

Blue Bird honors top dealers
November 29, 2011
The school bus manufacturer presents its 2011 Dealer of the Year Award to Ross Bus and Equipment Sales of Louisiana. The company also recognizes dealerships with regional, “Best in Bus” and service awards.
Ariz. district expects big savings in jump to propane
November 10, 2011
Mesa Public Schools, which has the largest school bus fleet in the state, purchases 27 propane-powered Blue Bird and Micro Bird models. Transportation chief Ron Latko tells SBF that he estimates the district will save more than $105,000 in fuel costs this year with the propane buses.
NAPT trade show features many new products
October 27, 2011
Among the new products from the nearly 130 exhibitors is a quasi-static three-point activity seat from Freedman Seating Co., a camera system from Fortress Mobile that captures stop-arm violators and a condenser from American Cooling Technology. Thomas Built Buses displays its redesigned Type D unit, the Saf-T-Liner EFX, while Blue Bird displays its Next Generation Propane-Powered Vision school bus.
Pupil transporters honored for service, safety excellence
October 24, 2011
School bus driver John Fothergill and Peter Lawrence of Fairport (N.Y.) Central School District were among the honorees at Sunday's NAPT awards banquet. During Monday's celebratory breakfast, this year's "America's Best" school bus technician and inspector were among the individuals recognized for their achievements.
Blue Bird names new sales and marketing exec
October 17, 2011
Dale Wendell will serve the company as vice president of global sales and marketing. He had been working with the school bus manufacturer in a sales and consulting capacity since April.
District cuts costs by running propane-powered buses
October 10, 2011
Zeeland (Mich.) Public Schools purchased nine new Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses in August 2010. Transportation Director David Meeuwsen says the district averages a savings of 80 cents per gallon with propane versus biodiesel fuel, and that once the district applies for the 50-cent-per-gallon government tax credit, he approximates fuel savings of 30 percent.
A-Z Bus Sales promotes top exec
September 28, 2011
Jim Reynolds, who has served as president since 2006, is now president and CEO. In his new role, Reynolds will continue to direct the business activities of A-Z Bus Sales, and he will add the responsibilities of strategic planning, corporate succession planning, and mergers and acquisitions.
Blue Bird donates $7K to education center
September 27, 2011
The school bus manufacturer presents a $7,396 check to be used for Kay Center athletes’ travel expenses as they compete in the Special Olympics. The Kay Center provides work programs for adults with developmental disabilities, and about 60 percent of the center’s programs revolve around Blue Bird outsourced job functions.
Blue Bird honors suppliers during conference
September 14, 2011
The school bus manufacturer recognizes Amtech LLC, The C.E. White Co., Cummins Inc., Dekalb Tool and Die, Five Points Services Inc. and Quality Drive Away Inc. with its 2011 Global Supplier of the Year Award at its annual Supplier Conference.
Blue Bird launches Facebook, Twitter pages
September 12, 2011
The school bus manufacturer’s corporate fan page on Facebook features information on Blue Bird’s history, news and events, as well as photos and videos. In addition to following Blue Bird on Twitter, customers and fans can text “follow @BlueBirdBuses” to 40404 to receive text message updates on their mobile phones.
Execs discuss cost, safety benefits of new propane bus
July 28, 2011
SBF sits down with officials from Blue Bird, Ford and ROUSH after they unveil the Next Generation Propane-Powered Vision, which they say offers fuel savings of 30 to 40 percent on average compared to diesel counterparts.
Blue Bird to initiate commodity surcharge
July 22, 2011
The surcharge of $1,400 will take effect on new orders placed after Aug. 4, 2011. Officials for the school bus manufacturer say that while the company has been able to offset a substantial portion of global commodity price increases, with the magnitude of the increases the surcharge has become necessary.
Blue Bird unveils next-generation propane school bus
July 7, 2011
Company officials say that the latest Propane-Powered Vision provides increased fuel economy, greater horsepower and torque, and a 67-gallon fuel tank.
Blue Bird names new dealer
May 12, 2011
The addition of the Gregory Poole Equipment Co. increases the number of Blue Bird customer service locations in North Carolina to seven full-service facilities, with multiple field-service technicians strategically positioned throughout the state.
Blue Bird, Micro Bird announce website enhancements
May 5, 2011
New features of the Micro Bird website include extensive video footage that highlights the features and benefits of each of the Micro Bird bus options. Users can also view footage and overviews of Blue Bird's newest green solution, the Propane-Powered Micro Bird.

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