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Winnipeg-based bus company, New Flyer could soon face layoffs

Winnipeg's New Flyer Industries could see potential layoffs soon due to the state of emergency in New Jersey. New Flyer Industries

Layoffs could be looming for a Winnipeg-based bus manufacturer after a New Jersey funding fiasco has left the company in limbo.

An unspecified number of employees at Motor Coach Industries (MCI) in Winnipeg could see pink slips come mid-November.

The company, which is owned by New Flyer Industries, is in the middle of a funding shortfall because of a state of emergency in New Jersey declared by declared by Gov. Chris Christie

READ MORE: Winnipeg bus company hit by New Jersey money woes

New Flyer Industries said its MCI subsidiary had received approval in May for the delivery of 142 motor coaches this year — part of an order for up to about 1,200 buses over six years.

On July 7, an order from New Jersey’s transit system was put on hold following the state of emergency.

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New Flyer president and CEO Paul Soubry said if the issue is not resolved by mid-September, there may be layoffs. MCI employees were notified Tuesday.

With files from the Canadian Press

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