Hometown Trolley has been awarded a $2.6 million contract with the City of Alpena, Mich. to build new fully-electric trolleys over the next two years. Alpena was awarded a grant under the Clean Fuels Act to utilize a platform that did not burn fossil fuels, which provided the opportunity for Hometown Trolley to market their innovative new vehicle.
Hometown Trolley produces custom trolley buses for the public transit industry. Several models are available, beginning with the front engine model named the Villager and the rear engine model, Mainstreet. The newest product will be in high demand for heavy transit areas with major transit agencies. Hometown Trolley also provides the flexibility to operate buses on several standard or alternative fuels including diesel, gasoline, compressed natural gas, LP and full electric.
Last month, Hometown Trolley was one of 58 firms in the state to be nominated to receive the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award (MOTY), which honors excellence in manufacturing in Northeast Wisconsin. MOTY will reveal and celebrate the winners at a ceremony Feb. 28, at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.
Hometown Trolley recently launched a focus on export and completed and ExporTech program through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. They are in the process of moving to a larger plant in the Crandon industrial park, a project that will provide manufacturing efficiency and capacity, as well as additional jobs.