NFI COMBINES ACTIVITIES NEW FLYER AND MCI WINNIPEG
NFI Group Inc. announced a company-wide transformational initiative called “NFI Forward” to rationalize its business units and facilities. One part of “NFI Forward”is combining the activities of the two NFI brands New Flyer and MCI into one entity. According to Paul Soubry, NFI President and Chief Executive Officer, this step is necessary because of the “drastic and unanticipated impact of the COVID-19 pandemic which has forced us to revisit our unique business definitions.”
New Flyer and MCI have legacies of product excellence dating back to the 1930’s. The combined entity will retain both market-leading brands and will operate under the leadership of New Flyer President Chris Stoddart. “We know the past several months have been extremely hard on all of our customers. The dramatic drop off of the motor coach market, and the challenges resulting from COVID-19 presented an opportunity to integrate MCI into New Flyer, resulting in a more efficient and cost-effective combined business. Unfortunately, it also means the elimination of certain executive roles, and I want to recognize and thank those affected for all that they contributed to MCI and to our customers for so many years.”
The combined entity will continue offering all models of New Flyer transit buses and MCI motor coaches, the industry’s widest range of models and propulsion systems. MCI public market sales will be combined under New Flyer Vice President of Sales & Marketing Jennifer McNeill, while MCI private market sales will be led by Brent Maitland, Vice President, Private Sector Sales & Marketing. Pat Ziska will continue to lead private new coach sales team, while Steve Batho will continue to lead MCI technical customer support and service centers.
The NFI Group has more than 9,000 team members operating from 50 facilities across ten countries under brands: New Flyer (heavy-duty transit buses), Alexander Dennis Limited (single and double-deck buses), Plaxton (motor coaches), MCI (motor coaches), ARBOC (low-floor cutaway and medium-duty buses), and NFI Parts.