Bus manufacturer New Flyer Industries plans to open an Ontario parts distribution centre for its heavy-duty bus customers in the Greater Toronto/Hamilton area sometime this year.
WINNIPEG: New Flyer Industries Inc. plans to open an Ontario parts distribution centre for its heavy-duty bus customers in the Greater Toronto/Hamilton area sometime this year.
“We have been expanding our aftermarket service model and with a number of customers in this region asking us to provide local support, opening an Ontario PDC is the next logical step in executing our strategy,” said Paul Soubry, president and CEO of the Winnipeg-based manufacturer.
New Flyer has supplied transit buses to this region for more than 40 years. There are currently more than 9,300 transit buses operated by more than 65 transit agencies within a 300 kilometre radius of a region spanning from Ottawa to Detroit, of which nearly one-third were manufactured by New Flyer.
“Establishing a PDC in the region is expected to improve New Flyer’s response time for service parts, enhance parts availability and fill rates, and to enable the company to better support its customers in the areas of supply and inventory services,” said Hans Peper, the executive vice-president of customer services.
The parts centre will become the fourth in the New Flyer network, which includes facilities in Winnipeg, Erlanger, Ky., and Fresno, Calf.
New Flyer, currently scouting locations for the facility, plans to redistribute some inventory for New Flyer and other common bus makes and models from Winnipeg to the Ontario PDC.
New Flyer has manufacturing facilities in Winnipeg, St. Cloud, Minn. and Crookston, Minn.