Blue Bird Fiscal 2018 Third Quarter Impacted by Commodities Headwind

MACON, Ga. — Blue Bird Corp. (NASDAQ: BLBD), the leading independent designer and manufacturer of school buses, announced today its fiscal 2018 third quarter results. Blue Bird Corp. delivered higher net income, up 9.3 percent from the prior year as well as solid Adjusted EBITDA of $23.7 million. Strong earnings were delivered, despite higher commodity costs.

Thomas Built Buses Invests Millions to Further Cut Carbon

HIGH POINT NC — In 2011, Thomas Built Buses became the first school bus manufacturer to achieve zero-waste-to-landfill operations, which means that everything received or produced by the company is used, reused, recycled or sold, and nothing is sent to the landfill. This commitment decreases waste from more than 1,100 pounds per bus to zero waste being shipped to landfills. Now Thomas Built Buses is expanding its vibrant eco program with a $3 million investment in energy-saving initiatives over the next two to three years.

PulseTech's New 10-Watt SolarPulse Solar Charger Resolves Battery Problems

SOUTHLAKE, TX –Buses, trucks and heavy construction equipment often experience battery problems from sitting unused or show a gradual deterioration of battery quality over time as sulfation crystals form on the battery plates preventing maximum power and shortening battery life. The new 10-Watt SP-10, Solar Pulse Solar Charger Maintainer solves these problems by eliminating jump starts, increasing battery power and extending battery life returning older batteries to like new condition.

Clean, Green Yellow (School Bus) Machine

In Sacramento, California, the Twin Rivers, Elk Grove and Sacramento City Unified School Districts are receiving 29 total electric school buses along with associated charging infrastructure, which demonstrates a zero-emissions school transportation market that despite still being in its infancy is growing up fast.

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Battery-Saving Leece-Neville IdlePro and IdlePro Extreme Alternators Introduced for School Buses

NOVI, Mich. — Prestolite Electric has introduced two new families of Leece-Neville heavy duty alternators that deliver industry-best output at low engine speeds—the IdlePro and IdlePro Extreme high-efficiency/high-output alternators—for the school bus market. IdlePro and IdlePro Extreme alternators, ideal for Type A, C and D buses, can improve overall school bus electrical performance.