The Prevost bus manufacturer has just won the most important contract in its history.
According to the weekly La Voix du Sud, the Sainte Claire company, which employs about 850 people, received an order from the American long distance carrier Greyhound for the construction of 360 vehicles, 60 of them this year.
“The chassis, panels and windows will be produced in St. Clair and the rest of the vehicle will be assembled at our Plattsburgh plant in the United States,” said a spokesman for the company, Michael Power.
“We’ve had other fine contracts in the past, but this order is actually the biggest,” he added, without specifying the amount of the agreement signed with Greyhound.
A member of the Volvo Group’s family, Prévost had a contract last winter worth more than $ 25 million to supply 46 vehicles to Keolis Canada.
“This contract is fueling our order book, which is already well stocked,” declared Prévost vice-president and general manager François Tremblay.
“Actually,” he said, “our backlog is complete until the fall.”
Prévost is also completing a contract this fall for the assembly of just over 1500 trucks destined for the Canadian Armed Forces.
The contract for the construction of 360 vehicles for Greyhound ensures the maintenance of jobs in this company founded in 1924 by Eugène Prévost.