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Blue Bird becomes publicly traded company
February 26, 2015
The school bus manufacturer debuts on the Nasdaq stock exchange with the ticker symbol “BLBD” after the close of an acquisition by Hennessy.
Blue Bird honors dealers for sales, service
February 17, 2015
The manufacturer recognized the 35 recipients of the 2014 Dealer Award for their exceptional sales and service performance at its dealer meeting. Bryson Sales and Service of Washington took top honors as the 2014 Blue Bird Dealer of the Year.
Alt-fuel Vehicles, Safety Tools on Tap at NAPT Trade Show
January 22, 2015

Several alternative-fuel vehicles debuted during the show in Kansas City, Missouri, including two new CNG school buses and an all-electric bus. Also, safety-related products, such as a stop-arm violation data system and a student and vehicle tracking system, grabbed the spotlight.

Connecticut district saves $200K with propane school buses
January 5, 2015
Contractor All-Star Transportation acquired 51 Blue Bird Propane Vision Type C school buses to service Torrington Public Schools about two years ago when the district was looking to replace some of its older diesel school buses.
Blue Bird offers electronic stability control system
December 8, 2014
The Bendix Electronic Stability Program is now available as an option on Blue Bird’s All American and Vision buses.
Blue Bird announces price increase
November 14, 2014
The 3.2% increase will cover cost increases in labor and materials. Blue Bird has maintained prices since 2011, officials say.
New Micro Bird Type A bus turns heads at trade show
November 12, 2014
According to Blue Bird, the T-Series bus body’s aerodynamic features aid in increasing fuel economy by about 20%.
Blue Bird to unveil new Type A bus, new technology
November 10, 2014
Along with the new Micro Bird T-Series bus, Blue Bird will debut an electronic stability control system and a new Propane Vision warranty.
Blue Bird announces 2014 Supplier Awards
November 7, 2014
The company presented its 2014 Supplier of the Year award to Bendix Commercial Systems for teaming with Blue Bird to launch a premier air disc brake. Blue Bird also recognized 10 other suppliers for quality, innovation and service.
Oregon fleet sees success with propane in cold weather
November 3, 2014
Bend-La Pine Schools has replaced aging diesel buses with 53 propane Type C school buses, which officials say average 95% reliability.
Will Ramped-up Vehicle Tech Bring Smarter, Safer School Buses?
October 31, 2014

With advancements such as Google’s road-testing of self-driving cars, the notion is no longer relegated to episodes of “The Jetsons.” However, practical use is still a long way off, though automated vehicle technology and connected vehicle technology are arriving in increments. School bus manufacturers are keeping pace, as the technology stands to help enhance pupil transportation safety even further.

Blue Bird employment up 44% in 4 years
October 28, 2014
The school bus manufacturer’s growth in all vehicle segments has led to an increase in its workforce, which is now over 1,600 employees.
Micro Bird earns ISO certification
October 20, 2014
The Type A school bus manufacturer’s facility in Drummondville, Quebec, now has ISO 9001:2008 certification from the International Standards Organization.
Georgia governor tours Blue Bird manufacturing facility
October 3, 2014
“Georgians Supporting Georgians” was the theme of the visit, and Gov. Nathan Deal and first lady Sandra Deal met and talked with employees along the production line. The visit also included an inspection of five new custom-made All American transit buses engineered for the Georgia Department of Corrections.
Blue Bird contributes over $17K to American Heart and Stroke Assoc.
September 25, 2014
Employees supported the Central Georgia Chapter of the American Heart and Stroke Association and its 2014 Heart Walk, leading the local chapter’s employee donation segment by contributing over $17,000. The company surpassed its initial goal of raising $10,000 within eight weeks.
Blue Bird to be acquired, will be publicly traded company
September 22, 2014
The school bus manufacturer is on its way to becoming a public company, with a pending acquisition by Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. (HCAC) for a purchase price of $255 million and about $235 million of Blue Bird’s existing indebtedness. Blue Bird will continue to be led by current President and CEO Phil Horlock.
Southland Transportation buys 101 Blue Bird propane buses
September 18, 2014
The Canadian school bus contractor adds the large order of Propane Vision units to its existing propane autogas school bus fleet. Southland Transportation VP Tom Jezersek estimates that each propane bus saves about $500 in basic maintenance costs annually.
Allison’s FuelSense Basic offered on Blue Bird buses
August 27, 2014
The basic level of Allison Transmission’s fuel-savings technology is a standard offering on Blue Bird buses, company officials reaffirm. Also, Blue Bird announces that it will soon offer FuelSense Plus and Max as optional packages.
Alabama district debuts state’s first propane school buses
August 25, 2014
Mobile County Public Schools rolls out its 30 Blue Bird Propane Vision buses, purchased to support its community outreach campaign, “It Starts With Us.” Each bus will displace about 40,000 gallons of diesel and emit 150,000 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide over its lifetime, according to Blue Bird.
California Highway Patrol approves all-electric school bus
August 20, 2014
Technology company Adomani and the Gilroy Unified School District collaborated to produce a solar fueled, all-electric, 50 passenger, Type D school bus. CHP approval was the final step before the converted school bus was cleared to transport students, and it makes its debut this school year.
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