As one of 450 production suppliers that work with Blue Bird, Dana earned this top honor by introducing new products that align with Blue Bird’s commitment to safety, quality, durability, and serviceability, while also exceeding on-time delivery goals, delivering cost-saving initiatives, and providing exceptional parts and service support, the companies say.
“At Blue Bird, it is our goal to design, build, sell and service the world’s finest school buses, and the safety of schoolchildren is at the center of all that we do,” says Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird. “With a shared commitment to delivering innovative, market-leading technologies, Dana earned our Supplier of the Year award by providing excellent engineering, marketing, and field service support.”
Dana supplies Blue Bird with a complete range of drivetrain solutions including Spicer medium- and heavy-duty single-drive axles, SPL Series driveshafts, and Spicer end yokes. The company says these products are backed by Dana’s best-in-class standard warranties and extended warranty coverage, as well as top-tier Spicer aftermarket products, and expert support to help fleet managers maximize the performance of their buses.
“For more than 25 years, Dana and Blue Bird have worked together to improve the safety, performance, and efficiency of school buses,” says Mark Wallace, executive vice president of Dana and president of Dana Commercial Driveline Technologies. “As a past recipient of several Outstanding Supplier awards from Blue Bird, Dana’s top position as 2017 Supplier of the Year is a testament to our strong relationship with this leading manufacturer.”