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New Flyer Industries Inc. is a Canadian manufacturer of city buses. The company operates plants at its Winnipeg headquarters and in the US cities of St. Cloud and Crookston. With more than 2,200 employees and 2,164 buses delivered in 2008, New Flyer is the largest bus manufacturer in North America (41 percent market share). The buses are also exported to the United States, Latin America and South America.
The company was founded by John Coval in 1930. At that time, the company operated under the name Western Auto and Truck Body Works Ltd. Due to the increase in the production of its own buses, the company was renamed 1948 Western Flyer Coach. In the sixties, the company focused on urban buses. When the company ran into financial difficulties in 1971, it was sold to Manitoba Development Corporation. The company was named Flyer Industries Limited.
On July 15, 1986, Dutchman Jan den Oudsten, whose family operated Dutch bus manufacturer Den Oudsten Bussen, purchased Flyer Industries, Manitoba Development Corporation. The acquisition changed the name to New Flyer Industries Limited. In 1988, New Flyer was the first manufacturer in North America to produce low-floor buses. The first D40LF bus was delivered to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 1991. In 1995, the first articulated bus was delivered on the same principle based on Strathcona County Transit in Alberta.
New Flyer was the largest manufacturer with 6,100 delivered low-floor buses on the North American continent. In 2003, the company received a major order from King County Metro in Seattle. The order included 213 hybrid buses. Between 2005 and late 2009, New Flyer delivered 262 trolley low-floor buses to the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority. The contract included the models E40LFR and E60LFR. The first bus was delivered in July 2005 and the remainder by fall 2009. In 2006, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority ordered 38 E40LFR buses.
In 2013, the manufacturer North American Bus Industries (NABI) from Anniston (Alabama) and the end of 2015, the company Motor Coach Industries was acquired from Des Plaines.
The currently offered drive variants are diesel, natural gas, electric (trolleybuses, battery electric vehicles or fuel cell buses) and diesel-electric hybrids. New Flyer already introduced omnibuses powered by natural gas in 1994 and is regarded as a pioneer in the implementation of alternative propulsion systems. The world's first standard fuel cell hybrid buses will be delivered to British Columbia by the end of 2009, where they were used during the 2010 Winter Olympics.