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DesignLine pausing operations, furloughing workers

Charlotte-based bus manufacturer DesignLine USA has closed down operations for 10 days and furloughed its workers for the duration, the company confirmed Wednesday.

The firm’s headquarters and factory are off Westinghouse Boulevard, where about 250 employees produce the buses. The company has numerous contracts with cities and agencies around the country, including Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

DesignLine was also the employer of former Mayor Anthony Foxx, who resigned both positions when he was confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Foxx had served as deputy general counsel, making about $88,000 per year.

Several employees told the Observer they were notified in a companywide meeting Tuesday afternoon.

DesignLine declined to comment on the reason for the furloughs. In recent years, the company has had several setbacks, including a lawsuit by the city of Baltimore alleging missed deadlines, a canceled contract with the Antelope Valley Transit Authority in California, and a bus that caught fire at the Charlotte airport.

The company was founded in New Zealand but moved its headquarters to Charlotte in 2006.

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