Cooper® TBR Tires Selected as Original Equipment on Blue Bird School Buses

Cooper Tire announced today that its Cooper brand truck and bus radial (TBR) tires have been selected as standard on Blue Bird school buses.

We are very pleased to be selected by Blue Bird as original equipment on their high quality school buses that transport children to and from school every day across North America. Both Cooper and Blue Bird have a long history of producing exceptional products, and we are thrilled to be working together through this new partnership, said Gary Schroeder, Executive Director of Coopers Truck and Bus Tire Business.

Launched earlier this year, Cooper brand TBR tires are designed to deliver quality and value. The WORK Series„¢ line, which has been developed specifically for buses “ as well as regional-haul, pick-up and delivery applications “ offers a wide tread footprint to maximize traction. The tire balances fuel efficiency and tread life with scrub-resistant properties, and offers a full-width, four-steel belt package to provide the casing integrity needed to handle multiple retreads.

We are looking forward to offering Cooper tires as standard on all of our buses, said Mark Terry, Chief Commercial Officer at Blue Bird Corporation. Cooper has created a product that meets our need for safety in the transportation of students every day. Plus, it has a great, seven-year warranty with up to two retreads, making it a cost efficient solution for our customers.

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Cooper WORK Series TBR tires will now be installed as the standard tire on all of Blue Birds buses, which are manufactured at the companys production plant in Fort Valley, Georgia.

About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) is the parent company of a global family of companies that specializes in the design, manufacture, marketing and sale of passenger car, light truck, medium truck, motorcycle and racing tires. Coopers headquarters is in Findlay, Ohio, with manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design operations within its family of companies located in more than one dozen countries around the world. For more information on Cooper, visit www.coopertire.com, www.facebook.com/coopertire or www.twitter.com/coopertire.

About Blue Bird Corporation

Blue Bird (NASDAQ: BLBD) is the leading independent designer and manufacturer of school buses, with more than 550,000 buses sold since its formation in 1927 and approximately 180,000 buses in operation today. Blue Birds longevity and reputation in the school bus industry have made it an iconic American brand. Blue Bird distinguishes itself from its principal competitors by its singular focus on the design, engineering, manufacture and sale of school buses and related parts. As the only manufacturer of chassis and body production specifically designed for school bus applications, Blue Bird is recognized as an industry leader for school bus innovation, safety, product quality/reliability/durability, operating costs and drivability. In addition, Blue Bird is the market leader in alternative fuel applications with its propane-powered, electric and compressed natural gas-powered school buses. Blue Bird manufactures school buses at two facilities in Fort Valley, Georgia. Its Micro Bird joint venture operates a manufacturing facility in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada. Service and after-market parts are distributed from Blue Birds parts distribution center located in Delaware, Ohio. For more information on Blue Birds complete line of buses, visit www.blue-bird.com.

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