VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - March 10, 2014) - Grande West Transportation Inc. (TSX VENTURE:BUS) ("Grande West" or the "Company") announces the appointment of Mr. Phil Gregory as its Manager, Quality Control. Mr. Gregory joins Grande West following a 25 year career with BC Transit as chief quality control inspector responsible for all new bus builds and as the Program Manager, Fleet Build.
William Trainer, President and CEO of Grande West, stated: "The addition of Mr. Gregory to our team will ensure that our Vicinity bus is consistently built to the highest standards. Mr. Gregory will be involved with each and every build of our Vicinity bus and lends great confidence to customers and management, as he brings a lifetime of knowledge and experience to our team."
In his role as Manager, Quality Control, Mr. Gregory will be responsible for all production quality control and technical support in order to provide best in the class products and services to our growing number of clients.
About Grande West Transportation Group Inc.
Grande West was formed in 2008 to design and develop a 27.5 foot bus, known as the "Vicinity." With little competition in the "mid-size" bus range, Grande West has set itself apart from others with its "Vicinity" bus - a heavy duty mid-size, true community transit bus.
The Vicinity is designed with affordability, accessibility and global responsibility in mind. It costs half the amount as a 40 foot transit bus, burns less fuel, emits less harmful environment emissions and achieves a life span twice as long as cut-away buses with less maintenance costs.
In a large and unsaturated market, Grande West is poised to capture growth in both the replacement of cut-away buses and the right sizing of larger buses for better utilization of transit fleets across Canada and the United States.
Initial deliveries of 15 Vicinity buses occurred in August 2013 to BC Transit. We also recognized the recent sale of our demonstration bus. Currently, we have 18 new Vicinity buses in production mostly for delivery to Quebec and Nova Scotia transit agencies. Our potential sales funnel is constantly growing, as the Vicinity is introduced to transit agencies across Canada.
For marketing and customer testing, 3 Vicinity demonstration buses are included in the current production run inclusive of our new 30 foot model with 2 doors for the Ontario market and airport shuttle bus applications.
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