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New Flyer Establishes New Local Support Model

New Flyer of America Inc., a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., one of the world’s leading independent global bus manufacturers, has announced that in partnership with the Transportation Diversity Council (TDC), it has launched its Community Benefits Framework (CBF).

The CBF will complement local agreements that New Flyer, located at 255 Fluvanna Ave., establishes with transit agencies and community partners across America, and is the foundation that will govern, create and implement robust programming at all New Flyer facilities.

The CBF, prefaced in January during New Flyer’s announcement of an expanded partnership with TDC that began in 2017, is a mechanism for accountability and enforcement that magnifies existing approaches to support workforce development, while enhancing the hiring of underserved and underrepresented individuals.

More specifically, the CBF includes New Flyer’s approach to support its workforce and community, establishment of the Employee Engagement Committee, effective management of a safe and respectful workplace, execution of leading environmental health and safety practices, commitments to disadvantaged business enterprise, and industry advocacy and support for workforce development and inclusion.

“New Flyer remains committed to ongoing career development for people of all walks of life, including veterans, women, people of color, people with differing abilities, and underrepresented and underserved individuals in the field of advanced manufacturing,” said Chris Stoddart, New Flyer president. “We delivered nearly 140,000 hours of training to our team in 2019 — but training alone is not enough. We recognized a more holistic approach was needed to support the well-being of our team and communities, and appreciate the greater compliance, accountability, and action that comes from our CBF. We are proud of this work, and our partnership with TDC.”

With the launch of the CBF, New Flyer expands its existing workforce diversity and workforce development model, with the CBF directing and supporting local initiatives that benefit people and communities. While the CBF governs multiple partnerships and agreements across America, including in Minnesota, California and New York, its initial focus intensively supports identifying, training, and onboarding new hires at New Flyer’s Anniston, Ala. facility.

“TDC is a proud partner of New Flyer in expanding, strengthening and diversifying its talent pipeline,” said Dwayne Sampson, TDC founder and CEO.

“As America’s biggest bus manufacturer, New Flyer has what it takes to advance and diligently work to ensure underserved and underrepresented individuals get the opportunity to find and keep their jobs and support their families. In Anniston, we are building a foundation that speaks to our shared democratic values that all deserve the opportunity to succeed because worker empowerment is what makes a 21st century business more resilient and competitive.”

“Since joining New Flyer in 2017, I’ve had a better quality of life: more time with my family, great pay, and training that’s helped me grow in my career,” said Tyisha Woods, an assembler based in Anniston. “Our team is like family — I’ve been supported through difficult times and everyone works hard to help each other. Through ongoing training and mentorship, I’ve been taught new skills, which I’ve passed forward in training new hires myself. Opportunity is there — it’s there every morning you walk through the doors — no matter your age, culture or background. The opportunity to learn and succeed is always there, and I see myself advancing with New Flyer.”

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