‘Important Step in Plan to Triple Employment in Three Years’
BYD broke ground yesterday on the “Phase II” expansion of its plant in Lancaster, Calif., where the BYD America branch of the Shenzhen, China-based company already employs some 400 people. Activities there include engineering, production, quality control, procurement, and customer service in support of BYD’s all-battery buses.
“The Phase II expansion marks an important step in BYD’s plan to triple employment in three years,” the company says, “undertaken in response to increased demand for its zero-emission coaches, buses, and new medium- and heavy-duty truck product lineup.”
“BYD is demonstrating its long-term commitment to this community to create even more good paying jobs with benefits and career advancement opportunities,” BYD America president Stella Li said in a release.
“The people who work at BYD’s Lancaster plant are assembling buses for transit systems all over the country, and soon we’ll be able to increase production line capacity to deliver these cutting-edge zero emission vehicles even faster to customers.”
AVTA, the Lancaster-headquartered Antelope Valley Transit Authority, is BYD’s largest North American customer today, having earlier this year approved an order for as many as 85 battery buses (F&F, February 12), including 45-foot over-the-road coaches and BYD’s new, 60-foot articulated transit vehicle.
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