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CHITTENANGO, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Girardin Family of Businesses and Marlene Costanzo Denney are proud
to announce that they have concluded an agreement by which Girardin will
acquire New York Bus Sales (NYBS) from the owner, Marlene Costanzo
Denney. The transaction will be effective on June 3, 2019.

“New York Bus Sales has built a strong team and enviable reputation for
customer service and support in the State of New York and beyond,” said
Marlene Costanzo Denney. “The relationship with the Girardin Family and
NYBS goes back decades and I could not imagine a better cultural fit for
our dedicated employees and loyal customers.”

Business Continuity

NYBS will continue to operate under the same name, out of the same
locations with the same experienced and dedicated team.

NYBS will continue to offer the complete line of Blue Bird and Micro
Bird by Girardin buses and minibuses with their best in class diesel,
propane, gas, CNG and electric powertrains.

NYBS will continue to offer its customers rapid, reliable service,
precious expertise and readily available bumper-to-bumper parts
offerings for all makes.

“The Girardin Family of Businesses is excited and proud to have the
opportunity to continue the legacy of New York Bus Sales,” said Dave
Girardin, President of Girardin. “This association complements
Girardin’s existing operations and will create additional opportunities
for new and existing customers. The experienced and talented team at New
York Bus Sales has an excellent and envious reputation in the Northeast,
and we look forward to working with them and their valued customers.”


Along with the transaction, the following appointments are being

Marlene Costanzo Denney is appointed Honorary President and will be an
active member of the Advisory Board and Executive Committee. She will
continue to be involved in strategic initiatives and events involving
the NYBS team, its customers and the school bus industry.

Sean Finnerty is appointed President of NYBS and member of its Executive

John Johnston is appointed Vice-President, Service and Parts of NYBS and
member of its Executive Committee.

Les Mauer is appointed Vice-President, Finance of NYBS and member of its
Executive Committee.

“We are fully supportive of this transaction,” said Phil Horlock,
President and CEO of Blue Bird Corporation. “Two of our best and most
reputable market-leading dealer teams are combining forces to better
serve our customers and to promote and expand the Blue Bird brand in the
North East. We sincerely thank Marlene for her dedication to Blue Bird,
where she has spent more than thirty years as a dealer. We are delighted
that she will continue to be involved with the NYBS organization.”

Effective date

The transaction will be effective on June 3, 2019.

About New York Bus Sales:

Family run for over 60 years, New York Bus Sales (NYBS) has dedicated
full-service sales and maintenance facilities in Chittenango, Henrietta,
Ravena and Middletown New York. NYBS offers the complete line of Blue
Bird and Microbird by Girardin school and commercial buses along with
comprehensive maintenance, repair and refurbishment services for many
other types of vehicles. New York Bus Sales is a recognized leader in
North America for its sales and support of Alternative Fueled products.
To find out how New York Bus Sales can help you with your transportation
needs, please call 1-800-962-5768, visit or
e-mail us at [email protected].

About Girardin:

Celebrating its 60th anniversary, The Girardin Family of
Businesses, through its wholly owned subsidiaries A. Girardin inc.,
Girardin Ontario inc., and New York Bus Sales, is the Market Leading
Blue Bird and MicroBird dealer for the Provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New
Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador
and Upstate New York. Girardin has been a Blue Bird Dealer for over 50
years and is a Joint Venture partner with Blue Bird in Micro Bird
Corporation which builds all Micro Bird by Girardin minibuses. Girardin
is a Third Generation Family Business heavily invested and specialized
in the school bus and commercial bus industry with investments and
operations in Canada and the United States. For more information on
Girardin, please visit:

About Blue Bird Corporation:

Celebrating its 90th year in business, Blue Bird (Nasdaq:
BLBD) is the leading independent designer and manufacturer of school
buses, with more than 550,000 buses sold since its formation in 1927 and
approximately 180,000 buses in operation today. Blue Bird’s longevity
and reputation in the school bus industry have made it an iconic
American brand. Blue Bird distinguishes itself from its principal
competitors by its singular focus on the design, engineering,
manufacture and sale of school buses and related parts. As the only
manufacturer of chassis and body production specifically designed for
school bus applications, Blue Bird is recognized as an industry leader
for school bus innovation, safety, product
quality/reliability/durability, operating costs and drivability. In
addition, Blue Bird is the market leader in alternative fuel
applications with its propane-powered and compressed natural gas-powered
school buses. Blue Bird manufactures school buses at two facilities in
Fort Valley, Georgia. Its Micro Bird joint venture operates a
manufacturing facility in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada. Service and
after-market parts are distributed from Blue Bird’s parts distribution
center located in Delaware, Ohio. For more information on Blue Bird’s
complete line of buses, visit


Justyne Lobello | Blue Bird
478.822.2763 | [email protected]