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Owosso’s Midwest Bus Celebrating More Growth, Adding Jobs

Owner Dan Morrill Says "We Have Plenty of Opportunities"

Posted by Perry Pulse at 9:52pm 10/22/18

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Senator Gary Peters, left, joins Midwest Bus President Dan Morrill on a recent tour of the company's main facility on West Stewart Street. Midwest has seen steady growth over its 38 year history of remanufacturing public transit buses./Courtesy photo

The largest public transit bus remanufacturer in the United States sits at the end of a quiet street in west Owosso, out of sight and unknown to most of the local population. It’s been there for 38 years. It recently earned its largest financial contract in the company’s history, however, to the tune of more than $40 million.

Midwest Bus is ramping up its seventh project for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, remanufacturing 155 MBTA public transit buses. Due to the size of the project, dozens of new jobs have been created. Midwest has had to fill welding, painting, auto body, electrician and many other manufacturing-related positions, and still needs about 30 more people to add to its team of 130 employees.

“Dedicated employees are very important to us. We have plenty of opportunities,” explained Dan Morrill, owner of Midwest Bus. “We’re looking for skilled trades as well as people with mechanical aptitude and experience, although we are willing to train.

“We serve a wide variety of industries and clients, even though we are excited about yet another project for MBTA. Municipal transit buses are our bread and butter, but we also rehab buses for universities, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Windy City Limousine and private motor coach companies such as Indian Trails here in Owosso, among many others. We’re extremely proud of the work we do for our customers, and many of them come back to us time and time again.”

Midwest also refurbishes shopping and airport shuttles, and its Byk-Rak division manufactures and sells bicycle racks for the front of transit buses. Additionally, Midwest sells and leases used buses, provides replacement parts and field repair services for air conditioning, wheelchair lifts, glass and more. Its economic impact has been felt on many levels.

“Businesses like Midwest don’t just create jobs,” said Justin Horvath, CEcD, Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership CEO. “They add to our tax base, buy from local and regional suppliers, and give back to the community in charitable ways. When you see a transit bus drive through town from another state or university, chances are it’s going to or coming from Midwest.”

Midwest has two locations in Owosso: the main plant at 1940 W. Stewart Street, and a second facility on Aiken Road. Between 20 and 25 people work at the Aiken location, which was a heavily vandalized, 20,000-sq.-ft. building Midwest bought in 2011. It underwent extensive interior and exterior renovations, including the addition of a state-of-the-art paint booth.

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A Midwest employee puts the finishing touch on a bus from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, also known as the "T." The company is seeking employees interested in learning heavy-duty vehicle repair, or who have skilled trades experience in welding, electrical and auto body work./Courtesy photo

Remanufacturing a bus – which typically takes about eight weeks of work – can include rebuilding or replacing components with newer technology, replacing transmissions, enhancing structural supports, replacing exteriors and windows with more energy-efficient materials, adding bike racks and improving handicap accessibility, redesigning seating and repainting with more environmentally friendly products. Midwest uses a strict three-phase process: planning, production and inspection. It also tailors its engineering to implement creative solutions for its customers as well as maintain the ability to remanufacture buses back to Original Equipment Manufacturer’s – or OEM – specifications.

The company has attracted the attention of state and national lawmakers interested in its growth and economic impact, as well as how its remanufacturing process makes public transit buses better for the environment and uses taxpayer dollars more wisely. Senator Gary Peters (D-Mich.) visited Midwest Bus Corporation for the first time this summer, and in 2013, Governor Rick Snyder came to celebrate Midwest creating 100 new jobs through a then-current project with MBTA.

“It has been an honor to have Governor Snyder, Senator Peters and other elected officials see our operation over the years,” said Morrill. “It allowed us to demonstrate how we have stayed in business and grown through hard work, innovation and outstanding employees. We hope we helped provide some insight into the positive, essential, diverse impact manufacturers can have on our economy – locally, statewide and nationally.”

Morrill would like to see local residents interested in developing skills in heavy-duty vehicle repair to submit an application at the main facility at 1940 W. Stewart Street between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Onsite interviews may be available, so applicants should come prepared, Morrill added. People can also call 800-627-6627 or e-mail Renee Cooper at reneec@midwestbus.com.

The company offers a comprehensive benefit package, including health, vision, dental and life insurance; paid holidays and a 401K retirement plan.

For more information on Midwest Bus Corporation, visit www.midwestbus.com.

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