New Flyer of America in partnership with TDC Launches its National Community Benefits Framework; Establishes New Model of Local Support for People and Communities
Pioneering CBF augments workforce development, recruitment, training, and retention initiatives to strengthen its mission to grow a diverse workforce.
St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA – March 11, 2020: (TSX: NFI) New Flyer of America Inc. (“New Flyer”), a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc. (“NFI”), one of the world’s leading independent global bus manufacturers, today 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 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 2020 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 (“DBE”), 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, President, New Flyer. “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, Alabama facility.
“TDC is a proud partner of New Flyer in expanding, strengthening, and diversifying its talent pipeline,” said Dwayne Sampson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of TDC. “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, Alabama. “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.”
“Our Community Benefits Framework has meaningfully charted a course to better benefits, greater diversity, and stronger communities, while integrating transparency and accountability to our approach and the commitments we make,” said Janice Harper, NFI’s Executive Vice President of Human Resources. “With New Flyer’s CBF leading the way, every person has an opportunity for employment, learning, advancement, and success.”
“Nothing compares to working here,” said Rashad Twyman, an Assembler also based in Anniston. “Working at New Flyer has made me a better man and has helped me grow, even when it comes to learning how to use a drill properly and what the torque value of a bolt means. I’ve been accommodated in times of need due to familial circumstances and feel that my team takes care of me, which all leads to exponential productivity and satisfaction on the job. Most importantly, I have a good balance in life. I am now paid enough to provide for my family and we can do activities together – I couldn’t do that before. I love this place and see myself retiring here.”
New Flyer’s CBF is available on the company’s website. To learn more or download a copy, visit newflyer.com/CBF. Unique local agreements will remain confidential with our community partners, and serve as appendices to the CBF.
Established in 2010, TDC is a nonprofit organization delivering world-class education and development programs that promote diversity in the transportation and construction industries. TDC has extensive experience in recruitment, training, and retention of employees in advanced manufacturing, and maintains a wide range of successful community-based partnerships across America. For more information, visit tdc-ntl.org.
New Flyer has been leading innovation in mobility for nearly 90 years, and today supports growing North American communities with sustainable buses, technology, and infrastructure. It also operates the Vehicle Innovation Center in Anniston, Alabama, the first and only innovation lab of its kind dedicated to advancing bus technology and providing essential workforce development through electric bus training. New Flyer was the first bus manufacturer in the world to sign on to the Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities, and is currently developing automated bus technology to improve safety in public transit.
With 9,300 team members operating from more than 50 facilities across ten countries, NFI is a leading independent global bus manufacturer providing a comprehensive suite of mass transportation solutions under brands: New Flyer® (heavy-duty transit buses), Alexander Dennis Limited (single and double-deck buses), Paxton (motor coaches), MCI® (motor coaches), ARBOC® (low-floor cutaway and medium-duty buses), and NFI Parts™. NFI buses and motor coaches incorporate the widest range of drive systems available including: clean diesel, natural gas, diesel-electric hybrid, and zero-emission electric (trolley, battery, and fuel cell). In total, NFI now supports over 105,000 buses and coaches currently in service around the world. NFI common shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol NFI. News and information are available at www.nfigroup.com, www.newflyer.com, www.mcicoach.com, www.arbocsv.com, www.alexander-dennis.com, and www.nfi.parts.
About New Flyer
New Flyer is North America's heavy-duty transit bus leader and offers the most advanced product line under the Xcelsior® and Xcelsior CHARGE™ brands. It also offers infrastructure development through New Flyer Infrastructure Solutions™, a service dedicated to providing safe, sustainable, and reliable charging and mobility solutions. New Flyer actively supports over 41,000 heavy-duty transit buses (New Flyer, NABI, and Orion) currently in service, of which 7,300 are powered by electric motors and battery propulsion and 1,600 are zero-emission. Further information is available at www.newflyer.com.
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