MRO Magazine

Blue Bird to Showcase Four New Features at STN Expo


July 23, 2015
By Business Wire News

FORT VALLEY, Ga.

Blue Bird (NASDAQ:BLBD), the leading independent designer and manufacturer of school buses, will introduce four of its newest innovations at the School Transportation News (STN) Expo Conference and Trade Show in Reno next week that will further advance its TCO leadership.

“With our commitment to innovation, we are constantly developing new ways to make our best-in-class buses even better for our customers,” said John Kwapis, Blue Bird’s Chief Operating Officer. “Blue Bird’s new air conditioning enhances interior comfort. Our new exterior coating, Blue Bird Armor™, protects bumpers from debris and corrosion. The new stainless steel exhaust increases the system’s life, and we now have two new calibration options for our propane autogas fueled buses that solidify Blue Bird as the leader in the industry.”

Blue Bird Factory Installed Air Conditioning offers the cooling power you require without the inconvenience of aftermarket installations. This system is integrated into Blue Bird’s wiring, preventing electrical issues some may face with aftermarket installations. Unlike most aftermarket offerings, Blue Bird’s Bulkhead, Skirt Mounted Air Conditioning system comes standard with upgraded features that exceed the most stringent standards for cooling and ensure maximum resistance to moisture ingression. This feature is now available on all Type C models.

Blue Bird Armor™ Coating protects exterior components, like steel bumpers and fuel tanks from road debris, stone chips, salt, chemicals and other abrasive materials. It also provides ultraviolet, impact and crack resistance. Blue Bird Armor™ coating is suitable for bumpers and fuel tanks, which are regularly subjected to high levels of road debris. Available in 2016, this product will be available on all bus models.

The corrosion-resistant Stainless Steel Exhaust is another feature that will improve the total cost of ownership value that Blue Bird provides its customers. It is ideal for geographic areas where salt and other chemicals are used to melt road ice during winter months. The stainless steel construction also reduces exhaust system corrosion. The exhaust is original equipment, ensuring compatibility with Blue Bird’s complete powertrain, horsepower and emissions requirements.This product will be available for all bus models in 2016.

Blue Bird PowerShift™ and EconoShift™ expand calibration options for Blue Bird Propane Vision buses equipped with ROUSH CleanTech fuel systems. The standard PowerShift™ selection generates more power and is especially beneficial in high-altitude operating conditions or environments that require quicker acceleration. EconoShift™ is a no-cost option that allows for improved fuel economy, especially for urban driving and flat terrain.

Blue Bird buses with these new features and Blue Bird representatives will be onsite at the company’s STN Expo booth in the Silver State Pavilion on Tuesday, July 28th to answer questions from conference participants. For more information on Blue Bird’s complete line of buses and new technology, visit your local Blue Bird Dealer or www.blue-bird.com.

About Blue Bird Corporation

Blue Bird is the leading independent designer and manufacturer of school buses, with more than 550,000 buses sold since its formation in 1927 and approximately 180,000 buses in operation today. Blue Bird’s longevity and reputation in the school bus industry have made it an iconic American brand. Blue Bird distinguishes itself from its principal competitors by its singular focus on the design, engineering, manufacture and sale of school buses and related parts. As the only manufacturer of chassis and body production specifically designed for school bus applications, Blue Bird is recognized as an industry leader for school bus innovation, safety, product quality/reliability/durability, operating costs and drivability. In addition, Blue Bird is the market leader in alternative fuel applications with its propane-powered and compressed natural gas-powered school buses. Blue Bird manufactures school buses at two facilities in Fort Valley, Georgia. Its Micro Bird joint venture operates a manufacturing facility in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada. Service and after-market parts are distributed from Blue Bird’s parts distribution center located in Delaware, Ohio.

Blue Bird Corporation
Justyne Lobello, 478-822-2763
Justyne.Lobello@blue-bird.com