Hoeven Working to Support Domestic Manufacturers Like Motor Coach Industries in Pembina

Senator Worked to Pass Five-Year Transportation Bill, Which Includes More Than $61 Billion for Public Transit

PEMBINA, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today visited the Motor Coach Industries, Inc. (MCI) plant in Pembina, where he outlined his work to help companies like MCI grow and thrive. MCI manufactures a line of commercial buses for charter and tourism companies; law enforcement; universities; and state, federal and municipal public transportation systems.

In December, Hoeven worked to pass the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST), which reauthorized the nation’s transportation programs for five years and makes major investments to address America’s aging infrastructure. The bill provides $305 billion in contract authority for the 2015 to 2020 period, including $61.1 billion for public transit like buses, trains, ferries and other public modes of public transportation.

“Motor Coach Industries is a world-class manufacturer of buses that will benefit from the investments we made in the new highway bill to help rebuild the nation’s public transportation infrastructure, including public transit,” Hoeven said. “At the same time, MCI is providing  good jobs for North Dakotans, as it has for many years, and is a good example of successful manufacturing right here in North Dakota and the United States.”

“MCI appreciates Senator Hoeven’s role in passing the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act,” said Patrick Scully, MCI Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The legislation will lead to better roads and bridges and improve public transit and rail systems. Public transit factors into the U.S. economy by transporting workers to their jobs and creating jobs in sectors such as ours. When public transit has access to Fast Act funds to replace older coaches or add coaches, MCI is able to continue employing workers right here in Pembina, while supporting our local and nationwide supplier relationships.”

Under the FAST Act, North Dakota will receive more than $1.3 billion, enabling more than 100 North Dakota transportation projects to advance. The formula is favorable to North Dakota and increases annual highway funding for the state to $263 million, about $23 million a year more than it currently receives.

Hoeven has worked extensively to advance public transit, secure infrastructure funding and improve transportation safety. As governor, he helped to develop and implement programs aimed at improving infrastructure and transportation. In the early 2000’s, the Bank of North Dakota provided a $4 million participation loan to help MCI replenish its working capital. In 2001-2003 biennium, MCI was awarded more than $290,000 to upgrade the skills of their workers to meet the increasing technological needs of the industry.

Motor Coach Industries, Inc. is a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries, Inc. New Flyer is the largest bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America and employs approximately 5,000 people. There are more than 200 workers at MCI’s Pembina plant, which is the company’s primary final assembly facility in the U.S. The MCI D-Series coach buses are completed at the Pembina plant, the best-selling U.S. motor coach of all time and the company’s best-selling model in 2014 and 2015. In 2015, MCI’s Pembina plant produced 376 buses.