Blue Bird Corp. lays off 20 employees

Fort Valley-based Blue Bird Corp. announced late Friday it is laying off 20 salaried workers.

“Blue Bird is managing to the current economic conditions which have slowed the sales of school and activity buses and the overall market growth in the industry,” the release stated.

All employees laid off were eligible for severance and continuation of benefits, the release stated. No hourly manufacturing employees or employees at the new Blue Bird South location were affected.

In January, the company laid off an undisclosed number of people in its administrative offices. Those laid off then included full-time employees and temporary contract employees working in administration. No bus construction personnel were laid off.

The company has about 1,800 employees and three Georgia-based manufacturing facilities, according to the release.