Yearly Archives: 2014

Construction Progress

As the year draws to a successful close, we are that much closer to the opening of our new additional Service Building. We expect to be moved in late February and the building is really taking shape. Stay posted for more updates as opening day approaches.

On another note, check out our awesome find from the Pendleton Grain Growers auction earlier this month. It’s 1950s vintage and the neon still works …

neon sign

Breaking Ground!

On September 23, 2014,  construction began on our new Service building on our current property in Boring, OR. This exciting expansion offers:

  • Freestanding building with 14,175 sq. ft. single story plus 2,100 sq.ft. mezzanine
  • Ten (10) total service bays, 20′ wide by 52′ deep
  • Covered & paved pickup/dropoff area
  • Large customer waiting lounge

Estimated date of completion is late January. Watch for updates on our progress and pardon our dust if you come to our facility.

We are very excited to embark on this “next step” in providing all our service customers with honest and thorough repairs and maintenance for their vehicles.

Check out what the new building will look like – WBS Service Building Elevations

Blue Bird to be Sold, Taken Public

Following are excerpts from yesterday’s exciting announcement about the future of Blue Bird Corporation:

September 22, 2014 – Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corporation has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire all of the outstanding capital stock of School Bus Holdings Inc., an indirect parent company of Blue Bird Corporation, from The Traxis Group B.V., which is majority owned by funds affiliated with Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.

Blue Bird is the leading independent designer and manufacturer of school buses, with more than 550,000 buses sold since its formation in 1927 and nearly 200,000 buses in operation today. In addition, Blue Bird is the fastest-growing major school bus manufacturer in North America, with market share increasing in each of the past four years, and is the market leader in alternative-fuel applications with its propane-powered and compressed natural gas-powered school buses.

“HCAC is extremely pleased to partner with Blue Bird’s management and Cerberus to introduce Blue Bird to the public markets,” said Daniel J. Hennessy, Chairman and CEO of HCAC. “We are acquiring an iconic American brand with an 87-year history of innovation and product leadership led by a superb management team at a very attractive price. We believe Blue Bird fits squarely into our stated investment criteria, and that as a public company, Blue Bird will have the capital structure, ownership support, operating flexibility and enhanced public image to achieve its maximum potential.”

Chan Galbato, CEO of Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company, LLC, and non-executive Chairman of Blue Bird, stated, “Blue Bird is a terrific, well-run company with great people and products and we are thrilled to continue our longstanding relationship with them, as Cerberus will retain a significant ownership interest in the company. We look forward to sharing in the significant value-creation opportunity that Blue Bird offers, in partnership with HCAC, Blue Bird’s management and our new stockholders.”

The Company will continue to be led by current Blue Bird President and CEO Phil Horlock, who added, “We are very excited for Blue Bird to become a public company by partnering with HCAC and delighted that Cerberus will remain a major stockholder. Under Cerberus’ stewardship, our Blue Bird team has transformed the business through launching exciting new products and features, improving quality and cost structure, and growing sales and market share. We believe this transaction will enable us to maintain our growth momentum with our exceptional workforce building the world’s finest school bus.”

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Mollie Blagg at Western Bus Sales at (800) 258-2473.

News stories:

School Transportation News – Blue Bird Stock to Go Public After Parent Company is Acquired

School Bus Fleet – Blue Bird to be Acquired, Will be Publicly Traded Company

NBC 41 Macon, GA – Blue Bird Corporation Goes Public (video)

Join Our Service Tech Team!

We currently have openings to join our growing Service Team. We’re looking for a few good technicians in the Portland metro area who are interested in working for a family-owned business with an excellent reputation and stellar group of team members. Are you looking to join a team that feels like family, that works hard but has fun too, coupled with a very competitive benefit package? Then read on and contact us about this great opportunity!

DIESEL TECHNICIAN – 
WBS is looking for an experienced gas /diesel technician. The position is full time and is located at our main office. WBS is an ASE certified repair facility. We are a NAPA Certified Truck repair shop with an onsite NAPA parts store and warehouse.

WBS is a certified repair facility for Carrier, TransAir, Webasto, Allison, Onspot, Ricon, Braun, Blue Bird among many others. Preference will be given to truck, bus and / or heavy equipment experience. Knowledge of Ford & GM chassis is a definite asset. The applicant should possess strong trouble shooting skills. The mechanical work will be varied and will performed on truck, school and commercial buses, and RVs.

The pay scale is competitive and will be determined based upon experience and ability to perform the necessary job duties. Robust medical/dental/vision benefits, 401k match, profit sharing, life insurance and long term disability insurance are just some of the many fringe benefits offered.

INTERESTED?

Please email your resume to the attention of: Luke Myers

Faxes are also welcome: 503-905-0003

OR you may call for more information: 503-905-0002

 

Blue Bird Tech Training @ STN

Blue Bird is now accepting enrollment for a three-day technical training course held at the STN Expo in Reno, Nevada throughout the dates of July 28 – 30, 2014. This training will cover technical topics on all Blue Bird and Micro Bird products. Subjects include, but are not limited to:

  • Electrical
  • Multiplex Diagnostics
  • Instrumentation
  • Engine Emissions
  • Bendix ADB22X Air Disc BRakes
  • ROUSH CleanTech Propane Autogas Fuel System

This training provides the perfect opportunity for technicians to further their Blue Bird expertise and interact with other school bus technicians. Additionally, participants have the opportunity to network with hundreds of school district and contractor professionals across North America. Cost for the training is $250 which also includes admission to the STN Expo (trade show) and the STN Social.

Details & Registration Link: www.blue-bird.com/techtraining

Download the 2014 STN Tech Training Flyer

Propane Ride & Drive Event 3/20/14

Mark your calendars for another WBS Propane Ride & Drive Event featuring the best-selling Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision School Bus!

March 20, 2014
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

  • Kick the tires, take it for a spin
  • Learn about all the success stories of other Oregon school districts switching to propane and Propane-Powered Blue Bird Visions
  • Meet and ask questions of OEM reps from Blue Bird and ROUSH, plus propane retailer Ferrellgas
  • Enjoy a free lunch

Please RSVP your interest in attending HERE . We look forward to seeing you in March!