USA New Flyer of America Inc. (NFI) has officially opened a 300,000 sq ft part fabrication facility in Shepherdsville, Kentucky.
It follows the company’s announcement in November 2017 that it was to invest $28m, and the site is expected to reach full capacity by the end of 2019 – creating up to 550 jobs in the process.
Along with the NFI Parts headquarters and distribution centre at Louisville, the company will be employing nearly 800 in Kentucky.
“Congratulations to New Flyer of America and the citizens of Bullitt County on the opening of this new facility in Shepherdsville,” Governor Matt Bevin said.
“This major project was part of a banner year for Kentucky economic development in 2017, which saw companies invest $9.2bn to create more than 17,000 jobs.
“The economic engine of the commonwealth (of Kentucky) is at full throttle, and New Flyer is a significant part of our continued forward momentum to become America’s engineering and manufacturing hub of excellence.”
The Shepherdsville facility furthers NFI’s aim to in-source its part fabrication capability, and underlines its commitment to meet increased US Content requirements under Buy America provisions of the 2015 FAST Act.
The site is providing parts for the manufacture of New Flyer transit buses and MCI coaches, with the expectation that will include parts for ARBOC Specialty Vehicle buses in the future.
Part fabrication processes taking place include hose manufacture, injection moulding and thermoforming plastics, metal fabrication and advanced machining, powder coating and electrical component manufacture.