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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.
Blue Bird to unveil new safety options, adds dealer
July 20, 2012
The school bus manufacturer will have on view during an industry event technology available as new options for its buses, including a stop-arm camera system, a combination rearview mirror and camera system from Rosco and a danger zone alert system. In other news, the company welcomes Hoover Truck Centers to its dealer network to serve the state of New Jersey.
Safety Vision, Blue Bird partner to sell stop-arm camera
June 28, 2012
Safety Vision's standalone, high-definition stop-arm camera system will be sold into the aftermarket through Blue Bird’s North American dealer network. The camera system can be configured to record in 1080P or 3MP (megapixel) mode when the stop arm is actuated.
First Student purchases 86 Blue Bird propane buses
June 26, 2012
The contractor receives the buses this month, and they will be used by Portland (Ore.) Public Schools. Officials for Blue Bird and ROUSH CleanTech, which developed the fuel system for the buses, say that it is the largest single order to date for the Next Generation Propane-Powered Vision. In related news, John Roselli joins Blue Bird as director of alternative fuels.
John Barrington joins Blue Bird dealership
May 29, 2012
The industry veteran is named transportation business manager for MacAllister Power Systems, where he will lead the school bus sales team, in addition to MacAllister’s on-highway parts and service sales. Barrington most recently served as vice president of sales and compliance for the U.S. at Lion Bus.
Blue Bird exhibits at Chinese bus and truck expo
May 17, 2012
The company displays its 2012 Vision school bus at the 2012 China Bus, Truck and Component Expo in Beijing this week. In February, Blue Bird participated in the first China International School Bus Development Forum and Exhibition.
Ga., Ind. districts pioneer use of propane school buses
May 14, 2012
Hall County Schools in Gainesville, Ga., which runs 20 Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses, is recognized by state legislators and dignitaries as the state’s first school district to power buses with the alternative fuel. Tippecanoe School Corp. in Lafayette, Ind., will reportedly deploy the state’s first Propane-Powered Vision units prior to summer break. Officials say both districts are seeing savings in fuel costs from the buses.
Ariz. district sees increased savings with propane buses
May 9, 2012
A new case study reveals that Mesa Public Schools’ Blue Bird Propane-Powered Micro Bird Type A school buses and six Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision Type C units are yielding a savings of 32.6 cents per mile. In February, the district reported a savings of 25.1 cents per mile with the Type A buses.

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