Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thomas Built invests $11.8M to expand C2 production

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Thomas Built Buses is investing $11.8 million to increase capacity and add up to 236 new jobs to its Saf-T-Liner C2 operations.
The investment will expand C2 bus production at Thomas Built’s headquarters and production facility in High Point by upwards of 25%, company officials said.
The expansion of the company’s C2 operations and fabrication parts producing capabilities was supported by about $66,100 in economic incentives granted from Randolph County and the city of Archdale.
Also, $300,000 was granted by the city of High Point and Guilford County to support future growth, economic development and jobs in the High Point area that will be provided by Thomas Built’s investment in jobs, production expansion, robotics, health, safety and operational enhancements.
Thomas Built will also invest in additional training and lean processes to enhance continuous improvement and augment employees’ knowledge base, company officials said.
“Since 1916, High Point has been home to Thomas Built Buses, and we are thrilled to contribute to the local economic expansion,” Thomas Built President Kelley Platt said. “This new wave of investment will allow us to hire up to 236 individuals in varying disciplines as well as invest in our production infrastructures to better streamline our production process.”
Announcement of the investment follows the recent news that union workers at Thomas Built’s High Point facility ratified a new four-year contract. See original article here.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BPN: Freightliner Looks to Enter Propane Fueled Shuttle Bus Market

EPA Welcomes Applications for School Bus Rebate Program

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it is now accepting applications from public and private school bus fleets for its National Clean Diesel Rebate program.

In order to reduce emissions, the fleet owners are eligible to apply for rebates for the replacement of school buses with engine model years of 2006 or older. As part of the 2014 School Bus Replacement Funding Opportunity, the EPA is offering approximately $3 million in rebate funding.

The EPA is accepting applications until Nov. 17. Applicants may submit one application for up to five buses.

More information can be found here.

CleanFUEL USA showcases propane autogas refueling technology at Southeast Alternative Fuels Conference and Expo

GEORGETOWN, Texas –– October 21, 2014 ––

Who: CleanFUEL USA, an industry leader in propane autogas technology (Booth #106)

When: October 22-24, 2014

Where: Southeast Alternative Fuels Conference and Expo, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC

What: CleanFUEL USA, in booth #106, will showcase its PRO 6100 refueling dispenser featuring eCONNECT, the propane industry’s first fully integrated fuel management system. eCONNECT allows fleet managers to economically monitor and control fuel inventories faster and easier than ever before with real-time data insight, flexible report storage and remote access capabilities.

Thomas Built Buses, in booth #209, will showcase its Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus featuring a Liquid Propane Injection (LPI) fuel system from CleanFUEL USA in the Ride and Drive portion of the show. The C2 offers school districts numerous benefits, including a reduction in emissions, lower fuel prices and exceptional power. The Ride and Drive will be held on Wednesday, October 22 from 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Brooke McWhirter, channel manager, School Bus Market with CleanFUEL USA will speak at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 23, during a breakout session entitled, “Passionate About Propane” in room 306A.

About CleanFUEL USA:
CleanFUEL USA, the nation’s first developer of liquid propane fuel injection systems, is a leading manufacturer of propane autogas dispensers and refueling infrastructure. Headquartered in Georgetown, Texas, with an engineering division in Wixom, Mich., CleanFUEL USA celebrates more than 20 years of innovation. Setting industry standards with a complete alternative fuel solution, CleanFUEL USA products offer unsurpassed economic and environmental advantages. Learn more at

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