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Governor Sonny Perdue Announces Blue Bird Investment Plans

Wednesday, February 5, 2003  Contact: Office of Communications 404-651-7774


Governor Continues Aggressive Pursuit of Growth For Georgia Economy

Atlanta - Governor Sonny Perdue today announced Blue Bird Corporation, a subsidiary of Henlys Group plc, is poised to implement a broader investment program through 2005.

"I am excited to announce another investment in a Georgia manufacturing facility," said Governor Perdue. "Economic development in Georgia is a top priority in these challenging times. We will continue growing our facilities at home and aggressively recruiting new industry from abroad," added Perdue.

Henlys Group Chairman Robert W. Wood released details for the project to board members today in London.

Governor Perdue has been actively involved in the expansion talks, including a January meeting with Henlys officials, State Senator Ross Tolleson, and President and CEO of Blue Bird Corporation Richard Maddox.

"We appreciate the dedication of this administration and officials throughout the state to ensure that Georgia benefits from the tremendous growth potential of Blue Bird Corporation as we move forward," said Maddox.

This the second economic development project announced by the Governor this week. On Monday, General Motors brought a $150 million capital investment to Georgia for its Doraville plant. Other announcements are expected in the coming days.