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Maker of hybrid, electric buses furloughs workers

Posted August 1st, 2013 @ 10:21am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ A Charlotte-based maker of hybrid and electric buses has closed for 10 days.
The Charlotte Observer reports that DesignLine USA confirmed the temporary closure Wednesday but declined to give a reason. The plant's 250 workers are furloughed during the shut-down.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx worked as an attorney for DesignLine until the U.S. Senate confirmed President Barack Obama's nominee in June. Foxx made $88,000 a year as deputy general counsel, a job he had throughout his tenure as mayor.
The company was founded in New Zealand but moved its headquarters to Charlotte in 2006.
Setbacks in recent years include a lawsuit by the city of Baltimore alleging missed deadlines, a canceled contract with a California transportation authority and a bus that caught fire at the Charlotte airport.

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