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GILLIG Launches New 600K-Square-Foot Facility in Livermore, Calif.

Updated: May 27

Published by METRO Magazine: Read the article.


June 5, 2017


Gillig's longest-tenured employee did the ribbon cutting honors.

On Friday, GILLIG LLC launched its new manufacturing plant in Livermore, Calif., with a ribbon cutting ceremony that included several local dignitaries.


During the ceremony, Derek Maunus, president of GILLIG, said the three-year transition overcame several hurdles, including the wettest winter in the region’s history, before calling it a great day for America and American manufacturing.


While surrounded by both current and former GILLIG employees, Maunus credited them for the company’s long-term success.


Gillig's new facility.

"These 900 men and women have made the company successful,” said Maunus, adding that the move to Livermore from nearby Hayward keeps stable, skilled jobs in the U.S., setting the company apart from other companies who have chosen to leave the state or country to take advantage of cheaper labor.


In Livermore, GILLIG built a 600,000-square-foot main facility, as well as a 50,000-square-foot building used for fabrication and assembly and a 27,000 square-foot facility to prepare the buses for delivery. The move, which took three years of meticulous planning, was completed losing less than two days of production, with each employee receiving an individualized move plan.



GILLIG's first electric bus, which is currently in operation by the County Connection, formerly CCCTA.

In addition, VP, Sales and Marketing, Joe Policarpio said about 95% of employees stayed on with the company after the move, with the large influx of employees in the area having a minimal impact on traffic, due to the company’s hours of operations.



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