NFI DE40LFR ExcelsiorWINNIPEG: Motor Coach builder New Flyer Industries Inc., has awarded a contract for up to 485 heavy-duty 35 and 40-foot Xcelsior clean diesel and diesel electric hybrid buses for the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT).

 CT Transit kicks off with 267 Xcelsior XD40, XD35, XDE40 and XDE35 buses valued at approximately US$122 million, with an option for an aditional 218 units over the next five years. 

Xcelsior buses are more fuel efficient and will replace older buses in the fleet

CCTDOT runs more than 31 million passenger trips each year on it 570 buses. New Flyer has delivered nearly 600 heavy-duty transit buses to CTDOT since 1993.

blue buffaloWILTON – Blue Buffalo Pet Products [NASDAQ BUFF], will invest more than $100 million to construct and equip a production and distribution facility on 89 acres in Richmond, Indiana. The facility for its Heartland subsidiary will join an even larger plant in Joplin, Missouri built in 2014 for manufacturing.

Blue Buffalo was named and “inspired” by Bill and Jackie Bishop’s Airedale Blue that died of cancer. The company was founded in 2002 as a “natural foods” pet company, sales have reached more than one billion dollars and it went public in  2015.. 

The company’s wholly-owned subsidiary Heartland Pet Food is expected to employ up to 165 new jobs.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation is providing Blue Buffalo Company up to $1,625,000 in tax credits that it says are “conditional” based on the company’s job creation plans. 

In early May the company announced a $6 million grant to the Ohio University School of Veterinary Medicine for use in its Clinical Trials Office.