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Associated Press  /  November 9, 2016

IC BUS, the school bus manufacturing subsidiary of Navistar International, has announced plans to 75 hourly employees at its plant in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The company released a statement saying, "While these decisions are never easy, this cycle is normal for our business, and our hope is to call those employees back in the early spring when school bus production picks back up."

Currently, the plant employees 1,294 people. 

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On the surface, the IC Bus Plant in Tulsa, Okla. may look like any other modern-day factory. But there’s a rich and proud history behind the yellow school buses that roll out on this assembly line every day.

At one time owned by the Douglas Aircraft Company, the plant during World War 2 produced Consolidated B-24 “Liberator” bombers. Those birds are long gone, and the site that once manufactured tools of war now assembles instruments of education.

Each day up to 75 buses roll out of the plant, which last summer produced its 100,000th bus since opening in 2001. 

Fifteen million children ride an IC Bus every day of the school week. That’s a lot of wide-eyed wonder leaving the zoo, a lot of anxious athletes delivered to state championships. With freight this precious, safe travel will always be foremost on the makers’ minds.




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