More Jobs at Midwest Bus in Owosso, Michigan

More Jobs at Midwest Bus in Owosso, Michigan


Midwest Bus is going through a growth spurt
now. We’re hiring a lot of employees and the governor was kind enough to help us recognize
this. It’s great to be here today. It’s an opportunity to both celebrate success and
congratulate Midwest Bus Corporation and Dan on your wonderful success and growing business.
All the challenges of starting back in 1980 and succeeding all these years , and then
having the opportunity to grow even more, that’s fabulous. Midwest Bus remanufactures
city transit buses. We can bring buses in from all over the country. We can do work
that can be as minor as painting as the vehicle or as limited as painting the vehicle or as
complete as overhauling the bus from bumper to bumper. By remanufacturing the buses as
opposed to replacing the buses, you can make the assets go farther. The concept of ‘Made
in Michigan’ is something special and when I say Made in Michigan, that’s something that’s
grown in Michigan, something that’s manufactured in Michigan, and I include remanufacturing
in that because its got high-value add. It really is a great way to do things and it’s
really great to see the success of something made in Michigan. when you remanufacture the
bus, you’re maintaining a lot of the content of the vehicle, so that’s a lot of material
that doesn’t go into landfills, energy that’s saved when they produce the new vehicle, all
the components that are reused they are producing new, so there’s a lot less material that goes
to the landfill, so environmentally it’s more friendly. We launched a program a couple of
years ago called Pure Michigan Business Connect, and it was based on the premise of asking
Michigan companies to buy more from one another. I thought that was the best kind of economic
development you could do. It’s simply a good neighbor policy where you facilitate relationships
, find people that can work together, and make the best products possible. Here’s a
company that’s been doing it for decades and I really want to acknowledge and thank Midwest
Bus for bringing that approach. It’s important that we have a resource like this and have
great transit people in our state to recognize this is an ongoing trend and this is a trend
that’s going to grow and be stronger over the decades to come. So I think there’s great
long term opportunity here. I believe Midwest Bus is going to grow even further then what
it is now. We had 30 active employees when I hired four months ago and we’re up to 50
now just in this building, and we’re going past 100. Made in Michigan is something special
in North America, the Americas, and in the globe. If you want the highest quality products
you look for that name and you know you’re going to get it. So that’s something we need
to emphasize again and again to everyone that we know. We have wonderful people doing wonderful
work. Michiganders helping one another, making some of the best products in the country,
in the world, that we can be proud of and supporting one another in terms of acting
as one big family aabout how we can help one another be successful. So with that, thank
you so much, Dan.

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