After their meeting earlier this week, Crookston Housing & Economic Development Authority Board members and other City leaders toured New Flyer, a manufacturer of custom-designed public transit buses.

    After their meeting earlier this week, Crookston Housing & Economic Development Authority Board members and other City leaders toured New Flyer, a manufacturer of custom-designed public transit buses.

     Moved from Grand Forks in the mid-90s, New Flyer currently employs 350-360 workers and is one of Crookston’s top ten employers, implementing both cellular and lean manufacturing into the company over the last few years.

     In response to City leader questions, tour guides Kenneth Brejcha and Richard Avelsgard, manufacturing engineer technicians, responded with further information about the company and operations:

     • The buses are custom made to customers’ wants.

     • Customers can order 35 ft, 40 ft, and 60 ft articulated buses, which also come in many models including hybrid, electric-trolley, clean diesel, natural gas, and battery-electric.

    • Buses have a life expectancy of 12-15 years.

    • The facility operates on two shifts split between 7:00am – 12:30pm.

    • The facility has an output of about 18 buses a week.

     In addition, Bill Hurt, plant manager, reiterated the facility’s initiative to educate and prospect for future employees in surrounding communities as the company grows. New Flyer reestablished as a Chamber member in October 2016 to help with these and advocacy efforts.

     New Flyer also has facilities in California, Alabama, Minnesota, North Dakota, Washington, Indiana, New York, Kentucky, and headquarters in Winnipeg, Manitoba.