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IC Bus dealer Midwest Transit acquires Allied Bus Sales
March 7, 2014
With the acquisition of Allied Bus Sales from FirstGroup America, Midwest Transit Equipment expands its bus sales, service and parts business to include all of Missouri and Kansas.
What's new in the Top 50
July 16, 2013

The latest developments related to several of this year’s largest school bus contractors.

FirstGroup America donates $112K to nonprofit
February 6, 2013
Officials for the parent company of pupil transportation provider First Student Inc. say that employees raised the money for Children's Miracle Network through direct-deposit donations, company contributions and employee fundraisers. In other news, First Student Charter Bus Rental provided shuttle service for the Super Bowl held in New Orleans last Sunday.
FirstGroup America names human resources exec
January 9, 2013
Tim Young joins the company as senior vice president of human resources and labor relations, where he will oversee the human resources, labor relations and benefits function of First Student and First Transit. Young will also supervise the payroll division for all of FirstGroup America.
First Student wins 2 Mich. contracts
June 28, 2012
The contractor will serve Flint Community Schools in a three-year agreement, adding 45 new buses to the fleet, and Saginaw Public Schools under a five-year agreement, adding 20 new buses to the fleet. In other news, parent company FirstGroup America hosts a delegation from the Arab state Oman to discuss best practices, including road safety, management and hiring.
FirstGroup appoints director of real estate
April 12, 2012
In his new role, David Farrar supports FirstGroup America by handling routine property management responsibilities, such as sales and acquisitions of real estate within the First Student and First Transit divisions.
Carey Paster joins National Express Corp.
February 22, 2012
The school bus contracting veteran has been appointed to the newly created role of vice president of mergers and acquisitions, where he will be responsible for furthering National Express’ presence in the passenger transportation market. Paster previously held roles with FirstGroup America and First Student.
Gary Catapano receives NSC safety award
January 3, 2012
The National Safety Council honors FirstGroup America's senior vice president of safety with the 2011 Distinguished Service to Safety Award. The award recognizes outstanding service to the field of safety and health, and officials say Catapano was selected because of his work in the area of improving transportation on a national basis.
First Student exec joins NSC board
October 5, 2010
Linda Burtwistle, president of the school bus contractor, will serve a two-year term as a National Safety Council board member, where she will help to oversee the organization’s strategic direction and finances. In related news, the organization honored First Student safety manger Lydell Banks for developing and implementing programs to improve safety at his New Orleans location.
FirstGroup plc chief executive to retire
September 23, 2010
Sir Moir Lockhead, who has been with the company for 21 years, will hand over executive responsibilities on Nov. 1 and retire on March 31, 2011. He will assist the company and his successor, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Executive Tim O'Toole, in the transition.
New leadership structure at FirstGroup America
May 14, 2010
The company will not name a new North American CEO following Mike Murray’s recent departure. First Student President Linda Burtwistle and other business unit heads will report directly to Sir Moir Lockhead, CEO of FirstGroup plc.
FirstGroup America leaders step down
April 28, 2010
President and CEO Mike Murray, a 10-year veteran of the company, will resign his post at the end of this week. CFO Mark Lawton has also left the company, whose business units include school bus contractor First Student.
IMMI wins engineering award for Premier seat
March 29, 2010
The company will receive the 2009 SAE International Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering. The award recognizes IMMI's work in increasing safety on motorcoaches and school buses with the development of the Premier seat, which incorporates SafeGuard SmartFrame technology to protect both belted and unbelted occupants.
Safety and the economy
March 2, 2010

Compromising safety because of cost is a shortsighted decision. It is important to remember that the value of a human life does not change in a recession.

Allied Bus Sales employee honored for service excellence
January 4, 2010
Ken Ruble, service manager of the school bus and parts distributor, was presented with Navistar’s President’s Award, which recognizes organizations and individuals that show growth in service, warranty sales and technical training hours.
FirstGroup exec joins safety group’s board of directors
November 24, 2009
FirstGroup America President and CEO Mike Murray will serve on the National Safety Council’s board of directors through 2010. He will help to guide the organization in its mission and serve as a trustee, assisting with development and fundraising efforts.
FirstGroup America celebrates 10-year anniversary
September 8, 2009
CINCINNATI — Sept. 13 will mark FirstGroup America’s 10th anniversary.

FirstGroup America’s history began in Scotland 20 years ago, when Gramp...

National Safety Council honors FirstGroup America
September 25, 2008
FirstGroup America has been selected to receive the 2009 Green Cross for Safety Medal from the National Safety Council (NSC) in recognition of its commitment to safety and customer service.
First Student to complete Child Check-Mate installation
August 28, 2008
In a $9.8 million agreement, First Student announced the installation of safety and security technology from Child Check-Mate Systems of Navan, Ontario, on 40,000 of its school buses.
Paster discusses FirstGroup developments
June 11, 2008
CINCINNATI — The past year has brought some significant changes for First Student. Last fall, the company merged with Laidlaw Education Services, wh...
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