The pandemic does not prevent the urban bus manufacturer Nova Bus-Volvo from moving forward with a major expansion: its plant in Saint-François-du-Lac in Center-du-Québec will be enlarged at the cost of $ 10 million.
The investment will help consolidate the current 300 jobs. The aim of the project is not to increase the pace in terms of bus manufacturing, but rather to modernize production equipment and better take the turn towards electrification.
“We are optimizing our operations,” said Éric Dépot, project director for Nova Bus. We come to improve our technologies to be more efficient with this installation ”.
At the Saint-François-du-Lac plant, the chassis and floors of the vehicles are manufactured, the assembly of which is then completed in Saint-Eustache or Plattsburgh.
So as not to waste a minute in the development of the buses of the future, around ten Nova Bus employees, by the time the expansion is completed, are moving into the new industrial incubator in Bécancour.
This is where the prototypes will be developed. Bécancour sees this as a first step, possibly towards the construction on its territory of another bus assembly plant.