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Collins Bus names new dealer in Canada
July 24, 2014
The Bus Centre is now the authorized dealer for Collins/Corbeil Type A buses in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Alt-fuel school bus options are growing
May 22, 2014

Manufacturers are meeting the demand for clean-burning, money-saving yellow buses by offering more powered by propane autogas and compressed natural gas, as well as all-electric units. Here’s a look at some of the school buses in development, on the market and in service at operations.

Collins Bus Corp. launches new CNG Type A school bus
May 14, 2014
The school bus manufacturer has partnered with Westport on the bus, which features the Westport WiNG Power System, a dedicated natural gas fuel system. The bus also features a large passenger-side cab view window, an exterior storage compartment, and it provides an estimated 250- to 300-mile range. Collins Bus is accepting orders for the bus, and delivery to customers will begin in the fall, according to the company.
Collins boosts bus serviceability
February 18, 2014
The Type A school bus manufacturer has upgraded many of the features on its buses to give technicians improved access to several areas as they perform maintenance. Among the changes: Bigger access holes were added behind the warning lights, and wires were rerouted below instead of in the wall for rear lighting.
Collins Bus Corp. promotes Matt Scheuler to VP
February 6, 2014
Scheuler now serves as vice president of sales and marketing at the Type A school bus manufacturing company. He has held a variety of roles for the company — most recently director of sales.
Allied Specialty Vehicles forms bus group, names Kent Tyler CEO
November 7, 2013
Tyler, the former president of Collins Bus Corp., will lead the new Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV) Bus Division. The group will include Type A school bus brands Collins, Mid Bus and Corbeil as well as seven bus brands from ASV’s recent acquisition of Thor Industries’ bus business.
Gauging the safety of school bus alternatives
October 15, 2013

Many school districts and contractors are employing a variety of vehicles to supplement traditional yellow bus service. These alternative arrangements often cut costs and shorten ride times, but the safety implications of transporting students in taxis, vans and other non-school bus vehicles have become a contentious issue.

Allied Specialty Vehicles buys Thor's bus business
July 31, 2013
ASV, the parent company of Type A school bus manufacturer Collins Bus Corp., will acquire Thor Industries’ bus business for $100 million. With the deal, ASV will add to its portfolio such brands as Champion Bus, General Coach America and Goshen Coach.
How to maximize staff safety around alt-fuel buses
May 14, 2013

From fueling training to regular tank inspection to a properly equipped maintenance facility, there are many factors to consider when operating school buses on propane autogas and compressed natural gas to ensure employees’ well-being. Industry officials discuss these and other components, along with the built-in safety features of some of today’s buses.

New Collins exec shifts from red to yellow
April 23, 2013

With a background in the fire truck industry, Dan Peters comes to Collins Bus Corp. with a keen understanding of the importance of building a top-quality vehicle for the job of protecting people.

Dan Peters named new president of Collins Bus Corp.
February 20, 2013
Peters replaces Kent Tyler, who was appointed president and CEO of E-ONE Inc. "Collins Bus will be in skilled hands with Dan at the helm," Tyler says.
Collins Bus Corp. names new marketing manager
January 9, 2013
Laneah Petitjean is responsible for leading marketing efforts throughout the U.S. and Canada for the Type A school bus manufacturer. Most recently, she served as an account manager for Cargill Meat Solutions.
Ariz. district buys 13 propane school buses
January 7, 2013
Glendale Elementary School District acquires six Blue Bird propane buses and seven Collins propane buses — the district's first powered by the alternative fuel. Canyon State Bus Sales' Phil Polizzatto calls the district's decision "both financially and environmentally responsible."
Collins delivers 134 propane buses to First Student
November 15, 2012
The NEXBUS units will be used by the school bus contractor to provide student transportation to Seattle Public Schools and Portland (Ore.) Public Schools. The propane fuel system was developed in partnership with CleanFUEL USA.
Midwest Transit Equipment: focused on customer service
July 24, 2012

Located in Kankakee, Ill., Midwest Transit Equipment has over 200 employees and five locations to serve its customers. The school bus dealership is dedicated to providing safe, reliable equipment, and offers many different buses, parts and services.

Collins' Kent Tyler to lead E-ONE Inc.
May 24, 2012
Tyler, who serves as president of school bus manufacturer Collins Bus Corp., is appointed president and CEO of E-ONE, which provides first responder apparatus. Officials say Tyler will continue his role at Collins for the immediate future alongside his new responsibilities at E-ONE.
Collins' first NEXBUS rolls off assembly line
May 16, 2012
The redesigned line of Type A school buses is immediately available in all chassis configurations, including propane-powered and hybrid-electric versions. Company officials report that a CNG version will be available later this summer.
Collins unveils new Type A bus design
April 2, 2012
Added visibility and enhanced construction are among the features of Collins Bus Corp.'s NEXBUS. President Kent Tyler says that the company gathered input from "customers large and small, from mechanics to drivers, and from numerous experts in the industry."
Achieving inventory efficiency
March 20, 2012

Adjusting your parts inventory to fulfill the needs of your technicians and to address the repairs that occur most will help bus maintenance and parts ordering in your shop run smoothly.

Ore. district sees cost savings from propane buses
March 13, 2012
Portland Public Schools operates some of its own buses and also contracts with First Student — eighty percent of all the buses are powered by the fuel. Officials say the propane units run up to 30,000 miles longer than buses fueled by gasoline, resulting in lower maintenance costs, and the district expects to see a 50-percent savings in fuel costs.
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