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Horlock points to growth in propane business for Blue Bird
March 19, 2013

With Blue Bird recently netting its biggest-ever order of propane school buses — more than 400 — President and CEO Phil Horlock is ebullient about the fuel’s potential. Here, he discusses alternative fuels, the state of school bus sales and other pertinent topics.

Blue Bird honors 26 dealers for excellence
March 14, 2013
The school bus manufacturer names Western Bus Sales of Oregon and the river counties of lower Washington as its 2012 Dealer of the Year, and the company also receives the Propane MVP Award. Blue Bird recognizes other dealerships with regional, “propane rookies” and service awards.
Blue Bird expedites 100 buses for Sandy-damaged fleet
March 7, 2013
Hundreds of school buses in Atlantic Express' New York City fleet were severely damaged or completely destroyed in the storm. The team at Blue Bird worked relentlessly to fill an initial order of 100 Blue Bird Visions within record time for delivery in December, company officials said.
First Blue Bird redesigned All Americans delivered in Georgia
February 28, 2013
Ten of the manufacturer's 2014 All American buses are delivered on Wednesday to the state’s Department of Corrections, where officials say they will be placed into service immediately, replacing buses in the existing fleet that have each accumulated over 300,000 miles. The buses can seat 50 passengers, and they feature pass-through luggage compartments and interior storage bins.
Blue Bird welcomes Ala. dealer to network
February 4, 2013
Busworx Blue Bird has six factory-authorized locations throughout the state that will offer school bus and parts sales, along with service for customers. Officials say Yancey Bus Sales transferred its Alabama territory to Busworx Blue Bird to fully focus on growing its market share in Georgia.
MacAllister Transportation adds new account manager
February 4, 2013
Terry Mullins joins the Blue Bird school bus dealership with sales responsibility for the northern half of Indiana. He is a 30-year veteran of the Air Force and Indiana Air National Guard.
Blue Bird, Redflex partner to curb stop-arm running
January 31, 2013
Under the agreement, officials say the Redflex Student Guardian stop-arm camera system is available from all Blue Bird dealers throughout North America. The Student Guardian system monitors and automatically detects drivers who illegally pass school buses while students are loading and unloading.
Distracted driving, bullying are key concerns in Memphis
January 15, 2013

A session at the NAPT Summit addresses ways that managers contribute to distracted driving, while a keynote presentation covers fatal school bus accidents caused by inattentive drivers. Handling problematic student behavior is the focus of a panel discussion and a joint presentation. At the trade show, Blue Bird unveils its redesigned Type D buses.

Mo. district sees cost savings from propane buses
January 9, 2013
The eight Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses have been in operation at Fort Zumwalt School District since last June. The district’s chief financial officer says the district is saving “around 18.9 cents per mile due to lower fuel costs,” and officials anticipate that the buses will save the district “approximately $18,000 this school year.”
Ariz. district buys 13 propane school buses
January 7, 2013
Glendale Elementary School District acquires six Blue Bird propane buses and seven Collins propane buses — the district's first powered by the alternative fuel. Canyon State Bus Sales' Phil Polizzatto calls the district's decision "both financially and environmentally responsible."
Student Transportation Inc. wins its biggest contract
December 18, 2012
The school bus contractor will serve two Nebraska school districts with about 530 vehicles, including more than 400 new propane buses. Company officials say that it will be the nation's largest propane-powered school bus fleet.
Blue Bird dealer revamps training, pushes alt-fuels
November 27, 2012

Now in its 37th year of business, Central States Bus Sales recently strengthened efforts to focus on the school bus manufacturer’s green technologies and provide comprehensive instruction for customers in the process.

District officials ride Blue Bird propane-powered bus
October 16, 2012
During the event hosted by ROUSH CleanTech and organized by Blue Bird dealer Cardinal Bus Sales, 30 Ohio school district representatives go on a 300-mile roundtrip ride between Lima, Ohio, and Livonia, Mich., in the propane-powered Vision. They learn about ROUSH’s liquid propane fuel system and product platforms, and tour the company’s emissions testing dynamometer lab and the manufacturing facility.
Blue Bird to reveal redesigned Type Ds
October 15, 2012
The OEM will debut its 2014 All American forward-engine and rear-engine school buses at the NAPT trade show in Memphis, Tenn., next week. Blue Bird President and CEO Phil Horlock says that in redesigning the buses, “we spent significant time focusing on customer-led product improvements.”
Blue Bird reveals factory training dates for 2013
October 9, 2012
Workshop topics include recent product changes, such as the dual-zone multiplex system and 2013 emissions standards compliance. Attendees also gain product assembly familiarity with a factory tour.
Driving 'school bus' car, Stenhouse wins NASCAR race
September 18, 2012
With Blue Bird and ROUSH CleanTech as his primary sponsors, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is first across the finish line at Saturday’s Dollar General 300. The design on his car was meant to resemble a school bus, with its yellow paint, Blue Bird logos and even black “rub rails” on the sides.
Blue Bird sponsors NASCAR's Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
September 10, 2012
The school bus manufacturer and ROUSH CleanTech will be the primary sponsors of 2011 Nationwide Series champion Stenhouse and his No. 6 team at the Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday. "The bright yellow Ford Mustang will definitely stand out on the track," Stenhouse says.
Blue Bird honors long-time employees
September 6, 2012
The company honors 66 employees with employment milestones of 35 years or greater during a ceremony. The employees are awarded with a certificate of appreciation and a gift of $50 per five-year employment increment.
Blue Bird awards 10 suppliers
August 30, 2012
The school bus manufacturer presents its 2012 Global Supplier of the Year Awards, which recognize outstanding performance and product excellence.
Blue Bird appoints marketing, sales execs
August 20, 2012
Jeffrey Merten joins the company as executive director of global marketing — officials say he brings expertise in brand development and marketing to his position, along with excellent dealership operations experience. Jeff Carpenter, who has worked at Blue Bird for 28 years in various sales positions, is now executive director of North American school bus sales.

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