Maker of hybrid, electric buses furloughs workers

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Associated Press

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 1 at 10:07 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Charlotte-based maker of hybrid and electric buses has closed for 10 days.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/17Um7uv ) 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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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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