3/06/2018

 





  First-ever joint UMA-ABA Capitol Hill Day set for April

From Bus & Motorcoach News:

WASHINGTON - The nation's motorcoach operators are effectively doubling down on their legislative efforts in 2018 with the United Motorcoach Association and the American Bus Association holding their first-ever joint Capitol Hill Day lobbying event April 10-11.

Traditionally, each group converges on Capitol Hill at a different time and with slightly different priorities.

WASHINGTON - The nation's motorcoach operators are effectively doubling down on their legislative efforts in 2018 with the United Motorcoach Association and the American Bus Association holding their first-ever joint Capitol Hill Day lobbying event April 10-11.

But a push by newly elected UMA Board Chair Gladys Gillis for a joint event has given members of both groups the opportunity to work together with the hope of making greater strides toward shared priorities.

"I'd like to see the UMA and ABA legislative agendas come together and have the associations speak with one unified voice," Gillis, owner and CEO of Starline Luxury Coaches, said in an interview with Bus & Motorcoach News shortly after taking office.  UMA President and CEO Stacy Tetschner said it is exciting to be part of the new venture, "bringing together the energy of both our associations. There are so many areas where our legislative goals are aligned that it just makes sense."   Peter Pantuso, president and CEO of the ABA, said the association leadership and staff are excited about the idea of holding a joint Capitol Hill Day.

The joint UMA-ABA Capitol Hill Day event is open to members of......   READ MORE >

 

  Spanish door manufacturer Masats opens Ga. plant

From Metro:

Spanish manufacturer Masats announced the start of production of its manufacturing plant in Kennesaw, Ga.

With the start-up of this plant, Masats has achieved the goal of being an American manufacturer of doors, fulfilling the Buy America Act (BAA).

The first doors for 2018 contracts have already begun to be shipped from Masats LLC’s Kennesaw plant to the respective clients.


Based on surveys of the major motorcoach manufacturers that sell vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, motorcoach sales from the participating manufacturers saw a 9.7% increase over the same quarter in 2016 to a total of 1,238 units (738 new coaches and 500 pre-owned coaches).

As a first phase, Masats has prioritized the manufacture of BAA doors for transit buses, to be followed shortly by commuter vehicles doors, which will go in production in the second quarter of 2018 and shipments in late June.  Subsequently, Masats will broaden the range of products manufactured in the U.S. to supply doors for motorcoaches, minibuses, and other products.

Masats’ new plant will also host its North American Service Department from.........   READ MORE >

 
 
 
 
 
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  Blue Bird Extends Allison 7-Year Warranty Into 2018

From School Bus Fleet:

FORT VALLEY, Ga.  -  Blue Bird will continue to offer an extended warranty this year for Allison transmissions on Blue Bird diesel buses, the school bus OEM announced on Thursday.

Blue Bird began offering the seven-year, unlimited-mile Allison Transmission warranty in 2017.

Now, Blue Bird has extended the extended coverage through 2018 (as of Jan. 1). The seven-year, unlimited-mile warranty applies to all Blue Bird buses using the Allison Transmission 2500 and 2550 Pupil Transport Series models. The transmission warranty covers 100% of parts and labor.

"The continuation of this extended warranty adds even more value to our bus offerings," said Mark Terry, chief commercial officer at Blue Bird Corp. "A standard extended warranty on a reliable transmission, such as Allison, adds to the reliability of our buses, which transport our most precious cargo every day."

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Now, Blue Bird has extended the extended coverage through 2018 (as of Jan. 1). The seven-year, unlimited-mile warranty applies to all Blue Bird buses using the Allison Transmission 2500 and 2550 Pupil Transport Series models. The transmission warranty covers 100% of parts and labor.
 

 


 

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