Bus Builder Closing Ind. Facility; Impacts 160

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May 16, 2014 by   Comments Off on Bus Builder Closing Ind. Facility; Impacts 160

One-hundred sixty jobs at a Nappanee, Ind., facility will be lost when a contract for ABC Companies ends in September. But some of the ABC employees may be able to move to new operations building double-decker buses or small and mid-sized shuttle and specialty buses.

The Goshen News reported that ABC announced Monday it will close its factory in Nappanee by Sept. 15. The workers there have been refurbishing high-mileage interstate buses for Greyhound since 2010.

The new double-decker bus contract will be fulfilled in a different, nearby factory. According to Jon Savitz, senior vice president of business development for ABC, the new contract will require about 60 workers initially. That contract is with Alexander Dennis of Edinburgh, Scotland.

“This was a project to refurbish Greyhound buses that were a certain age and vintage and we have run through the entire population of those buses,” Savitz said.

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