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  Krapf's Coaches parent company acquires N.Y.'s Birnie Bus
 

From Metro:

Krapf Bus Companies acquired Rome, N.Y.-based school bus and transportation provider Birnie Bus Service Inc.

Birnie Bus operates 1,000 vehicles including school buses, transit and paratransit vehicles, and motorcoaches. Combined, the enterprise will operate 2,500 school buses across four states - Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware and Virginia.

Krapf Bus Companies acquired Rome, N.Y.-based school bus and transportation provider Birnie Bus Service Inc.

The operation will also become the largest division of Krapf Bus Companies, bringing more than 70 school districts and pre-schools, as well as transit, paratransit and motorcoach operations.

“It is important to me that Birnie Bus is in good hands - including our customers, our employees, and our reputation,” said Tim Birnie, president/CEO of Birnie Bus. “While I will be joining the Krapf Board of Directors in a more strategic role, I am delighted that the Krapfs will not only be taking charge, but will be taking Birnie to whole new levels of performance in the years ahead.”

The acquisition became effective on June 14, 2017. The Krapf organization now employs over 3,500 people.

“We are very proud to have Birnie Bus become part of the Krapf Bus family,” said Dale Krapf, chairman of the Krapf Board of Directors. "Birnie has a very strong management and employee team, a great customer base, and a fine reputation. We expect.............   READ MORE>

 

  BYD America expands executive leadership
 

From Metro:

BYD hired Milo Victoria, an industry veteran with 41 years transit industry experience, to serve in the role GM for BYD Coach and Bus. Victoria will oversee the day-to-day operations of BYD’s battery-electric transit bus manufacturing facility in Lancaster, Calif., filling the role in response to BYD’s continued growth and expansion in the U.S.

BYD hired Milo Victoria, an industry veteran with 41 years transit industry experience, to serve in the role GM for BYD Coach and Bus. Victoria will oversee the day-to-day operations of BYD’s battery-electric transit bus manufacturing facility in Lancaster, Calif., filling the role in response to BYD’s continued growth and expansion in the U.S.

BYD hired Milo Victoria, an industry veteran with 41 years transit industry experience, to serve in the role GM for BYD Coach and Bus. Victoria will oversee the day-to-day operations of BYD’s battery-electric transit bus manufacturing facility in Lancaster, Calif., filling the role in response to BYD’s continued growth and expansion in the U.S.

Victoria began his career as a transit bus mechanic at LA Metro before moving up the ladder and into roles such as the COO/asst. GM for Metrobus, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and the CEO of Omnitrans in San Bernardino County, Calif.

Additionally, BYD also announced the promotion of Bobby Hill to VP, U.S. Sales, for BYD Coach and Bus. In his new role, Hill will manage all U.S. based transit sales responsibilities  -  including managing day-to-day activity of sales staff, demonstration scheduling, and marketing coordination.

In addition to overseeing BYD Coach and Bus operations in the U.S., Hill’s scope will also include responsibility for the Caribbean  -  a direct response to BYD’s rapid developments in the region. Hill previously served as the company’s midwest regional sales manager and will continue to report directly to Macy Neshati, sr. VP of BYD Heavy Industries.

“Milo Victoria is a well-respected veteran of the transit industry, having started as a mechanic who worked his way up to executive leadership positions at several of the country’s largest and busiest transit authorities,” said Neshati. “He is knowledgeable on every aspect of transit bus operations, and we are pleased to count him as part of the BYD Coach and Bus family now.”

Neshati continued, “Bobby Hill has been an invaluable asset to BYD for more than two years and this promotion is in recognition of that,” “His customer service and sales expertise is unmatched, especially in one of the most important divisions in the company  -  Coach and Bus.”   READ MORE>

 
  Blue Bird Introduces all-new "Micro Bird" T-Series school bus
 

The all new Micro Bird T-Series brings all the most modern features of a school bus into one package. Along with contemporary ergonomics and design.  The Micro Bird T-Series combines Blue Bird's renowned safety and durability advantages such as one-piece steel roof bows, with new advances in visibility, serviceability, ergonomics, comfort, and stylish, modern design.

From Blue Bird:

The all new Micro Bird T-Series brings all the most modern features of a school bus into one package. Along with contemporary ergonomics and design.  The Micro Bird T-Series combines Blue Bird's renowned safety and durability advantages such as one-piece steel roof bows, with new advances in visibility, serviceability, ergonomics, comfort, and stylish, modern design.

Maximum visibility of the loading zone is provided by a fully-glassed entrance door and unobstructed “More-View” window. A 24" electric double-opening door comes standard.

Up to 38% Better Fuel Economy - Thanks to its lightweight frame and aerodynamic design, the Micro Bird T-Series can attain up to 38% better fuel economy when compared to other Type-A bus chassis.

Passenger Safety Cage - Blue Bird's custom designed one-piece roof bow system ensures safe student transportation.

Encased Capless Fuel Filler - An encased capless fuel filler comes standard with the Micro Bird T-series to prevent gas theft and protect interior parts from corrosion.

School Bus Seats - Integrated child seats and 3-point lap and shoulder seat belts are available for enhanced safety and versatility.

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