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MCI Academy named to fifth consecutive ATMC National Excellence in Training Award

NFI’s MCI Academy shatters records with fifth Grand Award, in recognition of its Motorcoach Technician Certificate Program

Louisville, Kentucky, USA – November 5, 2021: (TSX: NFI, OTC: NFYEF) NFI Group Inc. (“NFI” or the “Company”), a leading independent bus and coach manufacturer and a leader in electric mass mobility solutions, today announced that its subsidiary Motor Coach Industries (“MCI”) has received an ASE Training Managers Council (“ATMC”) National Excellence in Training Award. The MCI Academy, an NFI center for training and workforce development, secured the 2021 first place Grand Award for its Motorcoach Technician Certificate Program with a score of 498 out of possible 500.

This marks the fifth consecutive time the MCI Academy has earned the award, and the only time a recipient has won five times.

The MCI Academy is one of NFI’s award-winning training centers, providing high quality training and workforce development in the motor coach industry for all levels of technicians through online courses, classroom sessions, written tests, and practical skills demonstration.

“In 2020 alone, the MCI Academy saw 30,000 courses completed, driven by nearly 20,000 active users taking in 670 courses focused on the facilitation of reskilling and upskilling for the motorcoach industry,” said Paul Soubry, President and Chief Executive Officer, NFI. “It is clear the MCI Academy is meeting a critical industry need for advanced workforce development through the new mobility era. We are incredibly proud to not only provide classroom, online, and on-the-job training, but to see the caliber of our programs recognized for the fifth year in a row.”

MCI’s first submission to the National Excellence in Training Award occurred in 2017, where it was named a winner and has been every year since. Each year, three awards are given for Excellence in Training, with one Grand Award given to first place. The MCI Academy’s Grand Awards include:

  • 2017: HVAC 101 (an HVAC Specialist Program)
  • 2018: ELECT 401 (an Electrical Specialist Program)
  • 2019: Motorcoach Technician Apprenticeship Program
  • 2020: High Voltage Safety
  • 2021: Motorcoach Technician Certificate Program

The MCI Academy’s Motorcoach Technician Certificate Program was recently leveraged by NFI in the development of subsidiary New Flyer’s Electrical Technician Training Program, which was announced in October 2021 and aims to provide employees with knowledge and skills to continue leading and supporting zero-emission adoption across North America.

As an enabler of workforce development – one of four pillars in NFI’s mobility solutions offering – MCI Academy training equips motorcoach professionals with knowledge and skills to maintain, diagnose, and repair systems on MCI coaches to maximize on-road time, passenger safety, and operator profitability. To learn more, visit mciacademy.com.

The ASE Training Managers Council, founded in 1984, is a nonprofit organization designed to promote the advancement of training and professional development in the automotive service industry. To learn more, visit atmc.org.

NFI is a leader in zero-emission mobility, with electric vehicles operating (or on order) in more than 80 cities in five countries. NFI offers the widest range of zero-emission battery and fuel cell-electric buses and coaches, and the Company’s vehicles have completed over 50 million EV service miles. Today, NFI supports growing North American cities with scalable, clean, and sustainable mobility solutions through a four-pillar approach that includes buses and coaches, technology, infrastructure, and workforce development.

NFI also operates the Vehicle Innovation Center (“VIC”), the first and only innovation lab of its kind dedicated to advancing bus and coach technology and providing workforce development. Since opening late 2017, the VIC has hosted over 300 interactive events, welcoming 4,000 industry professionals for EV and infrastructure training.

About NFI

Leveraging 450 years of combined experience, NFI is leading the electrification of mass mobility around the world. With zero-emission buses and coaches, infrastructure, technology, and workforce development, NFI meets today’s urban demands for scalable smart mobility solutions. Together, NFI is enabling more livable cities through connected, clean, and sustainable transportation.

With 8,000 team members in nine countries, NFI is a leading global bus manufacturer of mass mobility solutions under the brands New Flyer® (heavy-duty transit buses), MCI® (motor coaches), Alexander Dennis Limited (single and double-deck buses), Plaxton (motor coaches), ARBOC® (low-floor cutaway and medium-duty buses), and NFI Parts™. NFI currently offers the widest range of sustainable drive systems available, including zero-emission electric (trolley, battery, and fuel cell), natural gas, electric hybrid, and clean diesel. In total, NFI supports its installed base of over 105,000 buses and coaches around the world. NFI common shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol NFI. News and information is available at www.nfigroup.com, www.newflyer.com, www.mcicoach.com, www.arbocsv.com, www.alexander-dennis.com, and www.nfi.parts.

About MCI

MCI is North America’s public and private market motor coach leader, building the luxury J-Series (an industry best-seller for over a decade) and workhorse D-Series, and offering zero-emission luxury and commuter coaches with the brand new battery-electric J4500 CHARGE™ and MCI D45 CRT LE CHARGE™. MCI also provides maintenance, repair, 24-hour roadside assistance, parts, and technician training through the industry’s only Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) accredited MCI Academy.

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