Spartan Specialty Chassis and Vehicles, a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc., recently announced it has entered into an exclusive U.S.-based assembly agreement with Grande West Transportation Group Inc., a Canadian bus manufacturer that designs, engineers and manufactures purpose-built mid-size buses for transit authorities and commercial enterprises.
Under terms of the contract, Spartan will manufacture Grande West’s Vicinity model buses, which will continue to satisfy the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Buy America requirements and reduce potential tariff exposures. The Grande West Vicinity bus achieved best-in-class results from the FTA Model Bus Testing Program, which measures structural durability and integrity, reliability, performance, maintainability, safety, noise and fuel economy.
“This contract is a tremendous opportunity for Spartan to utilize our highly talented team and best-in-class facilities and processes to enter into a new sector of vehicle manufacturing,” Steve Guillaume, president of Spartan Specialty Vehicles, said. “This partnership is a great fit for both companies as it leverages Spartan’s efficient and high-quality American manufacturing capability to support Grande West’s continued U.S. growth.”
Grande West’s Vicinity bus is a leading heavy-duty mid-size, true community transit bus that operates in many municipalities across Canada. The Vicinity bus costs significantly less than a traditional 40-foot bus and is considerably more durable than cut-away buses with truck chassis bases. Poised for success in a largely unsaturated market, Grande West hopes to capitalize on growth from replacing cut-away buses and filling the need for an appropriately-sized transit fleet in metro areas across Canada and the U.S.
“We are proud to partner with Spartan, the North American leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing and assembly,” Jean-Marc Landry, CEO of Grande West, said. “Through this agreement, we now have the production capacity and partnerships in place to accelerate our U.S. and Canadian market growth initiatives. The combination of Spartan’s well-established and skilled manufacturing team along with its competitive production cost profile enables us to streamline our assembly processes and leverage purchasing efficiencies.”
This release originally appeared on the Grande West website. You can view it here.