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Hochul Welcomes New Flyer To Jamestown

Published by CME Manitoba on January 26, 2017

This article appeared in the Post-Journal on January 26, 2017

The leading manufacturer of heavy-duty buses in the U.S. and Canada has officially started production in Jamestown.

On Thursday, state, county, city and local elected representatives welcomed New Flyer officials to Jamestown at their new production facility at 254 Fluvanna Ave., which was the former location of the Fluvanna Quality Markets. The ceremony included state Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul speaking about New Flyer selecting Jamestown for their new manufacturing facility.

One reason why New Flyer started operations in a new manufacturing facility in Jamestown is because of the stipulation in their contract with the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority to manufacture in New York state. She said New Flyer has manufactured more than 2,200 transit busses during the last 20 years.

”Every New Yorker has been on one of your buses,” Hochul joked about the importance of their buses in New York City.

Hochul said Jamestown, which used to be known as ”Furniture Capitol of the World” because of the high-quality wood furniture produced at one time in the city, is a great community for New Flyer to have selected to find a quality workforce. She said the former grocery store is no longer empty after being vacant for eight years. She added the creation of the New Flyer operation has created around 40 new jobs for the city.

”I want to commend this company for having the foresight to select this community,” she said. ”The work ethic you have in this community is second to none.”

Kevin Wood, New Flyer manufacturing vice president, said the Jamestown facility is the sixth U.S. manufacturing facility for New Flyer, which is headquartered in Winnipeg in the Canadian providence of Manitoba. He said their new bus color scheme is based on the New York state flag. He added New Flyer selected Jamestown because they wanted to invest in a community that has a quality workforce.

The project to bring New Flyer to Jamestown started about this time last year, said state Assemblyman Andy Goodell, R-Jamestown. That is when County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency officials heard about New Flyer looking for a new manufacturing facility in Western New York. That is when county and local development officials contacted Shults Real Estate about the former Fluvanna Quality Markets location.

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