May 4, 2011
by Purchasing b2b staff
WINNIPEG: A. Girardin Inc is now the exclusive distributor of New Flyer buses in Quebec. Girardin, a Drummondville-based manufacturer of school and shuttle buses and distributor for several other brands of medium-duty buses, has also been appointed as New Flyer’s exclusive distributor of transit buses to a range of private bus operators across Canada.
“Girardin is a great company with a long history of manufacturing and distributing high-quality products, and has values and customer service principles similar to those of New Flyer,” said Paul Soubry, New Flyer’s president and chief executive officer. “This agreement allows New Flyer to sell and support our products, particularly our state-of-the-art Xcelsior model, to customers that we may not have been able to reach in the past.”
The Winnipeg-based New Flyer said the deal allows it to maintain direct relationships with its Canadian transit customers while allowing Girardin to introduce New Flyer to a new group of customers. Girardin will also provide spare parts, training, publications and other services to those customers.
The addition of New Flyer buses to Girardin’s line of products, which currently includes smaller Girardin minibuses and Blue Bird school and shuttle buses, will permit Girardin to offer a more comprehensive product portfolio, the company said.
“We are very pleased to be associated with New Flyer,” said Girardin president Dave Girardin. “This agreement will now allow us to offer the most complete line of high-end transit buses. Without a doubt, the addition of New Flyer, and specifically Xcelsior, to our product offering will benefit both our customers and our business.”