LISLE, Ill., June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Navistar, Inc. and IC Bus will celebrate a true milestone in the company's history—the 100,000th bus built in its Tulsa, Okla. Bus Plant. Today, the Tulsa Bus Plant employs more than 1,200 dedicated workers who manufacture, on average, 50 to 75 buses a day. This number has grown significantly from 400 employees in 2001 when the plant first opened.
"This plant demonstrates our commitment to the school bus industry by building quality, state-of-the-art product," said John McKinney, president of Navistar Global Bus and IC Bus. "Because of the hard work and dedication of our Tulsa employees, IC Bus is far and away the industry leader not only in pure sales volume, but more importantly in product quality."
The 100,000th bus will be presented to Student Transportation Inc. (STI) and accepted by the company's founder and CEO, Denis Gallagher. Transporting 825,000 students on more than 9,000 buses daily, Student Transportation, Inc. is North America's third-largest and most progressive provider of school bus transportation services and a valued partner and customer of Navistar and IC Bus.
"This plant and this bus represent what is great about businesses working together," said Gallagher. "Converting this plant from a former airplane factory to now making the safest school bus in the world is a testament to private enterprise. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes of a daily Americana event, the transportation of children to and from school. The school bus is the safest form of transportation and we are here to thank the workers of the plant for making that happen."
The 100,000th bus marks more than just a milestone, but a testament to IC Bus' commitment to the community. The Tulsa bus plant contributes to the current growth trend of manufacturing in the U.S., which is illustrated by the more than 1,200 local skilled and office workers there.
"We are proud that IC Buses are built with the skill and expertise of the best employees in the industry," McKinney added. "As we look to the future we will continue to work with other industry leaders like STI to provide our customers with the right solutions they need to get their children to and from school safely and efficiently."
About IC Bus
IC Bus, LLC of Lisle, Ill., is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navistar, Inc. (NYSE: NAV). The nation's largest integrated manufacturer of school buses, IC Bus is a global leader in passenger protection, chassis design, engines and ergonomics. The company is also a producer of commercial buses. All IC Bus buses are sold, serviced and supported through a renowned dealer network that offers an integrated customer program encompassing parts, training and service. Additional information is available at www.icbus.com
Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International® brand commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce® brand diesel engines, IC Bus™ brand school and commercial buses, Monaco® RV brands of recreational vehicles, and Workhorse® brand chassis for motor homes and step vans. The company also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Another affiliate offers financing services. Additional information is available at www.Navistar.com/newsroom.
About Student Transportation Inc.
Founded in 1997, STI is North America's third-largest and most progressive provider of school bus transportation services, operating more than 9,000 vehicles. Student Transportation's family of local companies delivers safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation solutions to school districts throughout the U.S. and Canada. Services are delivered by drivers, dispatchers, maintenance technicians, terminal managers and others who are caring members of their local communities. For more information, please visit www.rideSTBus.com.
SOURCE Navistar International Corporation