Thomas Built Buses has announced plans to hire up to 280 employees as it adds a production shift. The shift will be in the manufacturer’s Saf-T-Liner C2 plant, which produces traditional and electric school buses. Thomas Built was founded in High Point in 1916 as a streetcar manufacturer. It began making school buses in 1936. Thomas Built Buses has more than 1,600 employees in the Triad. Thomas Built Buses has plans to hire for multiple positions, including assembly technicians, materials technicians and machine operators.