Buses INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION a NAVISTAR Company

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INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION

a NAVISTAR COMPANY

HISTORY

Ward Body Works (1933-1979)

Ward President School Bus

Ward President school bus (mid-1980s)

D. H. “Dave” Ward founded Ward in Conway, Arkansas in 1933 when he “lowered the roof of a wooden bus for Mr. Carl Brady of the Southside Schools”. Southside Schools were located about 15 miles north of Conway.

In the 1930s, Ward Body Works produced its first all-metal body bus. In the 1960s, Ward School Bus Manufacturing, Inc. was responsible for many notable innovations including use of computers in manufacturing (using IBM 360s), safety advances, and manufacturing process improvements. In the 1970s, Ward opened an assembly facility in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, but this plant was closed in 1975. In 1976, Ward built a prototype Type D transit school and commercial bus on an International Harvester chassis with front-wheel drive and tandem rear tag axles. It did not enter production.

American Transportation Corporation(AmTran) (1980-2002)

2002 MODEL International RE

International RE (2002 model)

In 1979, Ward Industries filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton was instrumental in forming a business group that purchased the assets of Ward Industries. In 1980, the American Transportation Corporation (AmTran) was formed. In 1981, American Transportation Corporation began doing business as AmTran Corporation. Due to market recognition, the Ward name was still reserved for school buses while the AmTran name began to appear on non-school vehicles.

In 1983, a controlling interest of AmTran was purchased by Harmon Brothers, a Midwest school bus contractor and bus distributor; the company owned one the largest fleets of Ward/AmTran buses in the country. In 1991, one-third of AmTran was purchased by Navistar International, with the option to purchase the rest of the company in 1995, which was done. By the end of 1992, the Ward name had disappeared from the school bus product line, replaced by AmTran product lines.

In 1999, AmTran announced plans to build a new facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma that would employ 1200 people. The conventional buses would be built at the new facility, but the Conway, Arkansas facility would continue to produce the rear engine and front engine models.

Limited Chassis Availability

With AmTran a part of Navistar, the International-chassis buses were marketed more aggressively than their other products. In 1992, General Motors dropped its B-series chassis (as part of a deal with Blue Bird); although the Ford B700 was an option, it was phased out after 1998. As Freightliner was the parent company of competitor Thomas Built Buses, the Freightliner FS65 was never offered with an AmTran body.

 

IC Corporation/IC Bus (2002-present)

2005-present ICCE Illinois School Bus IC CE

2005-present IC CE

In 2000, AmTran introduced the IC conventional school bus. With IC standing for Integrated Coach (also “chassis”) school bus, the entire bus was now assembled under a single corporate entity. The first models were badged “AmTran”, although within a short time, the buses were badged “International” with AmTran being renamed “International Truck and Bus” late in the 2000-2001 model years. For 2002, the company’s name changed yet again to IC Corporation and the new conventional bus was re-introduced as the IC CE, giving it a common nomenclature with the FE/RE Type D buses.

In 2005, the CE-Series was given a new body and chassis as the long-running

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1989-04 International 3800 Carpenter Classic

International 3800 (the last version of the International S-Series) was replaced by the

2005 International 3300 HCS bus49

2005-present International 3300 HCS bus49

International 3300. The new chassis gave the CE an all-new windshield and dashboard. In 2006, IC introduced its first smaller bus since the 1980s, the BE-Series. Based heavily upon the CE, the BE was aimed towards operators who transported young children and special-needs students as an alternative to buses based on cutaway vans.

End of Conway Bus Production

On January 11, 2008, IC Corporation announced a layoff of about 300 employees at the Conway, Arkansas Bus Plant. This was just under the maximum number of employees that could be laid off in Conway without the company violating the WARN Act, which requires employers to give 60 days notice of a mass layoff or plant closing. In addition to the layoffs, the company also announced a 50 percent reduction in bus production at the Conway plant. IC Corp. officials cited a lack of new orders as the reason for the layoffs. However,the company had recently announced increased production at the plant in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This stoked fears in Conway that the company was planning to shut down the plant in the near future and move all production to the newer, and non-union, Tulsa plant.

In April 2009, IC Corporation changed its name again, this time to IC Bus.

On November 5, 2009, IC Bus announced that its Conway plant would no longer assemble buses after January 18, 2010, projecting elimination of 477 jobs. The Conway facilities will serve as fabrication shops and will manufacture parts, but will no longer produce complete buses. The company cited low demand by school districts and contractors during the recessionary economic climate in the United States.”We have to consolidate our bus-assembly operations into one facility,” Navistar spokesman Roy Wiley said. “Unfortunately for Conway, Tulsa is a much newer facility.”

Product changes

The IC FE-Series product literature was removed from the IC Bus website in early April 2010, as IC dealers started to announce its discontinuation. Roots of this bus can be traced back to 1990, when the Ward Senator was released. In late 1992, it was re-released as the AmTran Genesis. As of January 2011, IC only produces rear-engine transit-style buses (the RE-Series school bus and its commercial-use derivative).

In late October 2010, the company introduced the AE-Series, its first Type A school bus since the discontinuation of the AmTran Vanguard after 1996. The AE utilizes a cutaway cab version of the International TerraStar chassis; the AE also features the same interior width and height as the BE and CE-Series.

Marketing changes

To re-emphasize the ties to its parent company, IC Bus modified its branding for the 2013 model year. On the rear bumper, the IC shield logo was replaced with a Navistar script, which now forms the lower line of the IC Bus “wing” logo.

100,000th bus

On June 5, 2012, the Tulsa, Oklahoma IC Bus assembly plant produced its 100,000th vehicle. The Tulsa Bus Plant employs more than 1,200 dedicated workers who manufacture, on average, 50 to 75 buses a day. This number has grown significantly from 400 employees when the plant first opened in 2001. “This plant demonstrates our commitment to the school bus industry by building quality, state-of-the-art product,” said John McKinney, president of Navistar Global Bus and IC Bus. “Because of the hard work and dedication of our Tulsa employees, IC Bus is far and away the industry leader not only in pure sales volume, but more importantly in product quality.” The 100,000th bus marks more than just a milestone, but a testament to IC Bus’ commitment to the community. The Tulsa bus plant contributes to the current growth trend of manufacturing in the U.S., which is illustrated by the more than 1,200 local skilled and office workers there.

Cummins powertrain addition

On September 3, 2013, Navistar announced in a press release that as part of an expansion of its product lineup, the Cummins ISB 6.7 would be added as an option to the CE-Series school buses starting with 2015 model-year vehicles; initial production is slated for January 2014. Alongside the current Navistar engines offering EGR emissions systems, the Cummins ISB is the first medium-duty Navistar vehicle (alongside the corresponding International DuraStar) to offer a SCR emissions system for the diesel exhaust.

Enough text now.

We start the pictures:

1921 International-Harvester-six-speed-spezial1921 International-Harvester-six-speed-spezial

1924 Model S for today's Throw-Back Thursday! It featured a 4-cylinder, block cast engine and sliding gear1924 Model S for today’s Throw-Back Thursday! It featured a 4-cylinder, block cast engine and sliding gear

1926 IH brochure1926 IH brochure

1926 International Transit THUNDER BAY1926 International Transit THUNDER BAY

1927 International Model 15 Coach1927 International Model 15 Coach

1928 International Model 15 with body by Moore1928 International Model 15 with body by Moore

1930 International Harvester Buses1930 International Harvester Buses

1931 International Hainje Heerenveen B-48881931 International Hainje Heerenveen B-4888

1932 International Harvester Cordoba-Cruz DE1932 International Harvester Cordoba-Cruz DE

1933 Wardbuslogo1933 Wardbuslogo

1935 International Lawrie ModelCs1935 International Lawrie ModelCs

1935 International1935 International

1938 I H Superior1938 I H Superior

1938 International Harvester D-DS-30, D-DS-35, D1938 International Harvester D-DS-30, D-DS-35, D

1939 International Harvester carr. Renkema Middelstum B-225141939 International Harvester carr. Renkema Middelstum B-22514

1939IH1939 IH

1940 International Harvester, D5 Panel Van, 'Weddell's Bread', Aberdeen Street, Geelong1940 International Harvester, D5 Panel Van, ‘Weddell’s Bread’, Aberdeen Street, Geelong

1940 SchoolBus1940 SchoolBus

1941 International Harvester K-5 Wayne

1941 International Harvester K-5 Wayne

1941 International Harvester, D2 Station Wagon1941 International Harvester, D2 Station Wagon

1941 International Harvester, D30 Motor Buses, City Road, South Melbourne1941 International Harvester, D30 Motor Buses, City Road, South Melbourne

1942 International Harvester Ambulances1942 International Harvester Ambulances

1944 International1944 International

1947-52 International carr. Verheul NB-28-271947-52 International carr. Verheul NB-28-27 NL

1948 International Harvester Dittmar1948 International Harvester Dittmar UK

1948 International KB-8 school bus1948 International KB-8 school bus

1949 International-Visdalsruten1949 International-Visdalsruten N

1949-52 International carrosserie Hoogeveen NB-67-751949-52 International carrosserie Hoogeveen NB-67-75 NL

1950 Blue Bird1950 IH Blue Bird

1950 international harvester bus a1950 international harvester bus

1950 International Harvester Bus1950 international harvester bus

1950 International Harvester L series1950 International Harvester L series

1951 ECF-International Harvester1951 ECF-International Harvester NL

1951 International Harvester L160 ECF1951 International Harvester L160 ECF

1951 International Harvester Touringcar L160 ECF  Matser 231951 International Harvester Touringcar L160 ECF Matser 23 in 2010 NL

1951 International Harvester Touringcar L160 ECF Matser 23a1951 International Harvester Touringcar L160 ECF Matser 23

1951 International Harvester ICHBus21951 International Harvester ICH Bus2

1951 International1951 International

1952 International Harvester R-1401952 International Harvester R-140

1952 Retro Vintage Kitsch 50s School Kid Red School Bus1952 Retro Vintage Kitsch 50s School Kid Red IH School Bus

1953 International R-183 School Bus1953 International R-183 School Bus

1954 International KB7 semi-trailer coach1954 International KB7 semi-trailer coach

1955 International trucks coastguard1955 International trucks coastguard

1956 International KS6 Coach1956 International KS6 Coach

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA1961 International Harvester B-163 with a Thomas Car Works body

1962 1803 Schoolmaster included an International V-345, 8-cylinder, gasoline engine1962 1803 Schoolmaster included an International V-345, 8-cylinder, gasoline engine

1966 International, 36-passenger school bus1966 International, 36-passenger school bus

1967 International K5 with the same setup, 4Lk Gardner,1967 International K5 with the same setup, 4Lk Gardner

1968 International Harvester Loadstar EM-international  Israël1968 International Harvester Loadstar EM-international Israël

1968 International Harvester on maltese Chassis 26201968 International Harvester on maltese Chassis 2620

1968 international-bus1968 international-bus

1969-1975 Wayne International school bus (retired)1969-1975 Wayne International school bus (retired)

1962 Int Harv product line1962 Int Harv product line

 1974 A Ward (left) and a Wayne (right).

1974 A Ward IH (left) and a Wayne Ford (right).

1977 international mt15634 george sh8261977 international mt15634 george sh826 © Andrew Johnson

1977-1979 Canadian Welles International Lifeguard in Toronto, Canada on Ford B700 chassis.1977-1979 Canadian Welles International Lifeguard in Toronto, Canada on Ford B700 chassis.

1979 International normal control type Manilla1979 International normal control type Manilla

1979-89 International Harvester S-Series Schoolmaster1979-89 International Harvester S-Series Schoolmaster

1984 sats international1984 sats international Australia © Susan Lawrance

1988 Virginia Wayne Overland Bus 365 IHC1988 Virginia Wayne Overland Bus 365 IHC

1989 Thomas-International School Bus1989 Thomas-International School Bus

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA1989-04 International 3800 Carpenter Classic

1990 International 3900 IC-FE-school-bus-Voluntown1990 International 3900 IC-FE-school-bus-Voluntown

1992 Thomas Vista International One1992 Thomas Vista International One

1992-98 International Blue Bird TC 2000 Rear Engine

1992-98 International Blue Bird TC 2000 Rear Engine

1996 International 3000 Bus First Student IC school bus1996 International 3000 Bus First Student IC school bus

1996 International Harvester S-Series  Schoolmaster  Schulbus Hamburger Hummelbahn 011996 International Harvester S-Series Schoolmaster Schulbus Hamburger Hummelbahn 01

1996 International IC RE-300 Fairfax, Virginia1996 International IC RE-300 Fairfax, Virginia

1996 International SchoolBus-1Amtran 4381996 International SchoolBus-1Amtran 438

1996 International -Zambesi Articulated Bus Zimbabwe1996 International -Zambesi Articulated Bus Zimbabwe © John Veerkamp

1999 Limo Bus Inside Limo Bus International1999 Limo Bus Inside Limo Bus International

2001 International 3400 T444E coach2001 International 3400 T444E coach

2001 International Yellow School Bus Leiden NL2001 International Yellow School Bus Leiden NL

2002 International 3000RE-Tang Zhong Bus

2002 International 3000RE-Tang Zhong Bus

2002 International Bus 405 2000 AmTran2002 International Bus 405 2000 AmTran

2002 MODEL International RE2002 MODEL International RE

2003 IC CE model schoolbus, North Syracuse, New York2003 IC CE model schoolbus, North Syracuse, New York

2003 International 3400 30 Pass Diesel Wheelchair Shuttle Bus2003 International 3400 30 Pass Diesel Wheelchair Shuttle Bus

2005 IC Bus CE-Series with an International 3300 chassis2005 IC Bus CE-Series with an International 3300 chassis

2005 International 3300 HCS bus492005 International 3300 HCS bus49

2005 International Navistar2005 International Navistar

2005 International Trailer-bus - KR2005 International Trailer-bus – KR © Keith Rapley

2005-present ICCE Illinois School Bus IC CE2005-present ICCE Illinois School Bus IC CE

2006 31-passenger International Krystal Coach2006 31-passenger International Krystal Coach

2006 IC BE school bus2006 IC BE school bus

2006 International DuraStar Krystal Koach KK 38

2006 International DuraStar Krystal Koach KK 38

DSCF00082006 Thomas IC HDX CNG

2007 IC BE First Student L502007 IC BE First Student L50

2007 IC First Student L50 BE 2002007 IC BE First Student L50

2008 International 3600 Thomas Vista2008 International 3600 Thomas Vista

2008 International transit bus in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico2008 International transit bus in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

2008 Thomas the International School Bus, Kodiak by Mike Cornwall2008 Thomas the International School Bus, Kodiak by Mike Cornwall

 

SONY DSC2008-2010 International Blue Bird Vision conventional-style school bus.

2009 International Camel bus in Havana2009 International Camel bus in Havana Cuba

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA2010 International 3800 Carpenter classic

2012 AD2012 AD

2012 BusCon Expo2012 BusCon Expo

2013 International Durastar 32002013 International Durastar 3200

2013 International Durastar 4400 Bus Base2013 International Durastar 4400 Bus Base

2015 International 4400 6x42015 International 4400 6×4

???????????????????????????????2015 International Prostar

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In Dutch, my homelanguage: Ik ben Jeroen, tot januari 2015 was ik al dik 26 jaar werkzaam in een psychiatrisch ziekenhuis in een stad vlakbij Werelds grootste havenstad Rotterdam. Eerst als verpleegkundige/begeleider op high care, later op afdeling dubbeldiagnose (verslavingen) en ook nog een tijdje als administratief medewerker. Ik heb een spierziekte "Poli Myositis" (alle spieren zijn ontstoken) daardoor weinig energie. Sinds augustus 2015 is daarbij de diagnose Kanker gesteld, en ben ik helemaal arbeidsongeschikt geworden en zit middenin de behandelfase. Gelukkig ben ik daarnaast getrouwd, vader, en opa, en heb de nodige hobby's. Een daarvan is transportmiddelen verzamelen en daarmee een blog schrijven. Dit blog begon met bussen, maar nu komen ook sleepboten, auto's trucks en dergelijke aan bod. Kijk en geniet met me mee, reageer, en vul gerust aan. Fouten zal ik ook graag verbeteren. In English: I'm Jeroen, till januari 2015 I was already 26 years working as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital, near Rotterdam, Worlds biggest harbour with more than 98 nationalities living within it's borders. First I worked on closed high care ward and the last years on a ward with mainly addicted people. I liked my work very much. In 2007 I got ill. I got the diagnose Poli Myositis, a musscle dissease. Al my mussles are inflamed. And last august I got another diagnose. Cancer. It's plaveicelcel carcinoma and treated with Chemo and radioation. So I've even less energy than the last years. Still I try to make something of my life and the blog is helping with surviving with some pleasure.

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