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1930
1930

Western Auto and Truck Body Works founded in Winnipeg, Manitoba by John Coval with five employees. They built their first bus for Red River Motor Coach Lines.

1933
1933

Manitoba Motor Transit Ltd. was founded, operating bus routes from Brandon Manitoba to points throughout Northern and western Manitoba. A Western Auto and Truck Body Works bus was on the first regularly-scheduled route into the northern community of Swan River, Manitoba.

1940
1940

Developed 12-passenger sedan for, now century-old, Brewster Transport Ltd. in Banff, Alberta. Brewster ordered hundreds of buses of various custom designs throughout this, their expansion era. The open-top buses built by Western Auto and Truck Body Works had Ford chassis. Later, some of the first glass-top buses built by Western were delivered to Brewster.

1941
1941

Western Auto and Truck Body Works introduced the 28-passenger Western Flyer, - the first front-engine, intercity bus. These buses had the engine inside the coach body in the front. A variety of engines were offered primarily the International Red Diamond 450 gasoline engine. One Western Flyer bus for International Transit Ltd. had a British Leyland chassis and diesel engine.

1943
1943

Developed the first Brucks, combination passenger and freight vehicles. Canadian Coachways, Ltd. operated a number of Brucks in Canada's far north for a number of years.

1945
1945

Renamed Western Flyer Coach Ltd.

1946
1946

Delivered two sightseeing buses to Salt Lake Transportation Co., believed to be the first time a Canadian firm had sold to the US.

1949
1949

Built more than 350 buses for troop transportation for the Canadian Department of National Defense and for the US Air Force over a 20-year period. Built C-40 and T-40 both for the armed forces and for inter-city and transit bus companies. The International Red Diamond 450 gasoline engines were most commonly used. Buda, Dodge and Ford engines were specified by some Western Flyer customers.

1950
1950

Built three buses for the Department of National Defense. Additional air-intake louvres replaced the destination sign and the bus had one two-leaf folding door. The design was adapted to build one C-33 city bus, the first Western Flyer city bus. It had two bi-fold passenger doors and was in service by Northern Bus Lines, Ltd. in Flin Flon, a rugged northern Manitoba mining center.

1953
1953

Western Flyer introduced the Canuck, an entirely new design that accommodated 33 passengers and had a choice of the International Red Diamond engine or a Cummins diesel engine. It was the first rear-engine bus built by Western.

1955
1955

Manufactured four "deck-and-a-half" Model T36-40 2L buses for three Manitoba intercity bus companies.
Introduced the Canuck P-37 redesigned with new up-to-date styling and technology carrying up to 37 passengers.

1958
1958

Introduced P-41 Canuck, which was larger than the 1953 Canuck, carrying up to 41 passengers and had a Cummins JT6B diesel engine.

1964
1964

Expanded into the new Fort Garry Winnipeg plant due to exceptional growth and in preparation for expansion into transit bus manufacturing.
Developed Canuck 500 intercity bus.

1967
1967

Introduced the Canuck 600 for the intercity market.
Introduced Western Flyer Coach's first transit bus - the D700.

1968
1968

Developed the first 700E electric trolley coach. First order of the restyled coach was by Toronto Transit Commission (part of a 150-bus and trolley bus order).

1971
1971

Renamed Flyer Industries Ltd.

1973
1973

Developed the successful Series 800 buses. Over the next six years, Flyer would build 580 diesel buses and 558 trolley coaches.

1977
1977

Delivered 343 E800 trolley coaches to San Francisco Municipal Railway.

1978
1978

Developed D901 with a curved front body and curved glass windshield sections to maximize visibility

1986
1986

Flyer Industries acquired by Jan den Oudsten Renamed and New Flyer Industries.

1988
1988

Developed and tested first low-floor bus in North America. Today, 85% of all buses in North America use this technology. This design increased accessibility for physically disabled persons to allow greater independence.

1992
1992

Delivered first low-floor bus to Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

1993
1993

First manufacturer to implement programmable logic controlled (PLC) multiplexing on all bus models.

1994
1994

Delivered the first compressed natural gas (CNG) buses in North America and worked with Ballard Power Systems to develop the world's first hydrogen fuel cell powered bus.

1996
1996

Introduced first articulated low-floor bus.

1998
1998

Delivered first diesel-electric hybrid bus.
First North American bus OEM to receive ISO 9001 certification.

1999
1999

Introduced first premium low-floor bus, the Invero

2002
2002

Introduced in Seattle, Washington first 60' articulated diesel-electric hybrid bus. This led to the largest single order for diesel-electric buses in North American transit bus history (Seattle, Washington) in 2003.
Partnered with San Bernardino County and ISE to develop the first gasoline-electric hybrid buses.
Acquired by KPS Special Situations Fund and John Marinucci is appointed President and CEO.

2004
2004

Acquired by Harvest Partners and Lightyear Capital.
Re-entered electric trolley bus production.
Delivered hydrogen-electric hybrid bus for testing in California.
Former CEO and owner, Jan den Oudsten received APTA's Hall of Fame award and CUTA's Lifetime Achievement Award.
John Marinucci named Manitoba's Transportation Person of the Year.
Received CALSTART's Blue Sky Award for contributions to advanced, sustainable transportation solutions.

2005
2005

Delivered first restyled trolley buses to Vancouver Transit: Vancouver as the debut of New Flyer's new style exterior.
Delivered 76 gasoline-electric hybrid buses to six California municipalities marking the first commercial production of transit buses using a gasoline hybrid drivetrain.
Hydrogen hybrid bus tested for the first time in Winnipeg, Manitoba to see how it responds under harsh winter conditions. Results showed great promise for use in northern climates.
Received the Canadian Council of Ministers for the Environment (CCME) award for pollution prevention, Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) Safety Award, Minnesota Governor's Meritorious Achievement Award in Occupational Safety
Acquired ISO 14001 Certification - July 2005

2006
2006

Named to Canada’s Top 100 Employers List for second consecutive year.
Received Inauqural MARTA Effective Partnership in Quality Award.

2007
2007

Named to Canada’s Top 100 Employers List for third consecutive year.
Advanced Style BRT Vehicles now in service in Cleveland, Ohio and on EmX green line in Eugene, Oregon.
Completed first delivery of 60-Foot hybrids with Restyled Design.

2008
2008

Signed Exclusive Agreement with Ballard for use of Fuel Cell Modules in Shuttle Buses.
Named One of Canada’s Most Earth-Friendly Employers.
Named to Canada’s Top 100 Employers List for fourth consecutive year.
Received CME Manitoba Export Award Recognized for outstanding contributions in immigrant employment. by the Employment Solutions for Immigrant Youth.
Collaborated with EMP on Launch of “Mini-Hybrid” Thermal Cooling System.
Implemented Online Warranty system.
Launched Xcelsior®, the customer-centric evolution of the standard transit bus with product improvements. making it a “best-in-class” vehicle.
Appointed Paul Soubry as next President and CEO.

2009
2009

Hosts United States Vice President Joe Biden and the Middle Class Task Force Town Hall Meeting.
Named One of Canada’s Greenest Employers.
Named Canada’s Top 100 Employers for fifth consecutive year.
Won First Place in the American Public Transportation Association's 30th Annual AdWheel Awards competition for Earth Day Awareness Campaign.


2010
2010

Acquired the assets and business of TCB Industries, LLC (“TCB”) of Elkhart, Indiana.
Named Canada’s Top 100 Employers for sixth consecutive year.
Named as one of the Top Employers for Canadians Over 40.


2011
2011

Appoints Girardin to sell and support heavy-duty transit buses in Quebec.
Makes first bus sale to a Quebec customer in over 40 years.


2012
2012

Announces Joint Venture with Alexander Dennis to introduce a the MiDi®, a North American mid-sized transit bus
Unveils first all-electric transit bus prototype
Announces its first order for all-electric transit buses from the Chicago Transit Authority


2013
2013

Announces Marcopolo S.A. to make a C$116 million Strategic Investment in New Flyer
New Flyer Board of Directors Chair, Brian Tobin, Named as an Officer to the Order of Canada