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Horlock points to growth in propane business for Blue Bird
March 19, 2013

With Blue Bird recently netting its biggest-ever order of propane school buses — more than 400 — President and CEO Phil Horlock is ebullient about the fuel’s potential. Here, he discusses alternative fuels, the state of school bus sales and other pertinent topics.

1 of Chowchilla school bus kidnappers denied parole
March 14, 2013
A California board again finds James Schoenfeld unsuitable for release from prison, but he will be re-examined in three years. In 1976, Schoenfeld and two others hijacked a school bus and imprisoned the 26 children and their driver in a buried moving van.
Ralph Braun: a pioneer in mobility
February 13, 2013
Braun, who was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at 6 years old, went on to develop innovative mobility products, including a motorized scooter and a vehicle wheelchair lift. The founder and CEO of The Braun Corp., who passed away on Feb. 8 at age 72, is also remembered for his contributions to safe pupil transportation.
At 90, school transportation veteran still on the job
January 29, 2013
Earl Rineer continues to pass his annual physical, train and test school bus drivers, and drive when needed. On his 90th birthday, Pennsylvania officials honor him for his school transportation career and other service.
Bob Austin remembered as pupil transportation mentor, pioneer
January 17, 2013
Austin, who passed away on Jan. 7 after a long battle with cancer, led the creation of an innovative joint-powers school transportation agency in California and later imparted his knowledge and passion to school bus driver instructors with the state Department of Education. California state director Anna Borges discusses Austin’s contributions to pupil transportation.
Thomas Built produces 50,000th Saf-T-Liner C2
November 1, 2012
Contractor Dean Transportation takes delivery of the milestone school bus. Thomas Built Buses launched the C2 model in 2004, designing it from the ground up and building it in the High Point, N.C., production facility created specifically to produce the innovative bus.
Longtime Wolfington salesperson retires
October 2, 2012
Frank Shicatano joined the school and commercial bus distributor in June 1957 as a clerk typist and began selling school buses five years later. Company President Richard Wolfington says the success of Wolfington Body Co. can be “directly translated to the ability and professionalism of men like him.”
Kerlin shows commitment to training, customers
October 2, 2012

As Indiana’s Kerlin Bus Sales and Leasing celebrates 50 years as a Thomas Built Buses dealer, the family-run company focuses on providing instruction for bus drivers and technicians so they are well-versed in the industry’s latest technology. Kerlin also has a rigorous system to ensure customers’ needs are met and their orders are properly filled.

Contractor of the Year profile: Kobussen Buses
August 16, 2012

The Wisconsin school bus operator delivers exemplary service to its school district customers — one of which Kobussen has been serving for nearly 75 years. Members of the Kobussen family have also been key contributors to industry associations, and they are known for lending a hand to colleagues.

1 of Chowchilla kidnappers to be released
June 19, 2012
Prison officials say that Richard Schoenfeld, who was among the three convicted in the infamous 1976 school bus kidnapping in California, will get out on parole this month.
Industry veteran Steve Kalmes to retire
May 10, 2012
The Anchorage, Alaska, director of transportation has not only served as president of the National Association for Pupil Transportation, he has attended the annual conference for more than 30 years in a row. He tells SBF that after retiring in July, he will remain active in the industry — and will attend the next NAPT conference.
IC Bus boosts efficiency at Tulsa plant
March 26, 2012
The manufacturer has been building school buses in the former B-24 bomber plant for 10 years now. Plant Manager Greg Hutchison, an auto industry veteran who came to the facility in September, tells SBF about changes that have increased quality and volume while keeping staffing levels consistent.
Transportation leader pushed for efficiency, bus ads
February 29, 2012
Joe Mirabella, who died Sunday at 68, co-founded an innovative program to help Colorado's school districts boost transportation efficiency, and he promoted advertising on school buses — a controversial stance. Colleagues remember him as "a mentor to me and many others" and "a giant here in Colorado."
Donald Tudor retires after 20 years as state director
October 5, 2011
The industry stalwart from South Carolina plans to remain active in pupil transportation, offering consulting services to school districts. Tim Camp, who has been working for Tudor for the past seven years, is named the new state director.
Honoring our history
July 7, 2011

Ed Bobit felt so strongly about his idea that he went back to the bosses with his resignation letter and decided to give it a go alone. And with that, he launched Bobit Publishing and its flagship publication, Automotive Fleet. After Bobit acquired School Bus Transportation, it relaunched in 1965 as SCHOOL BUS FLEET with a new look and vision.

From Buggies to Buses: 135 Years in Transportation
June 28, 2011

Wolfington Body Co. began as a builder of horse-drawn carriages in the 19th century. The company adapted with the times and went on to thrive as a school bus distributor.

Industry veteran retires after nearly 50 years
March 31, 2011
Richard "Zack" Zackula started as a "go-fer" at Kansas Truck Equipment Co. 48 years ago, when it had just become a Blue Bird school bus distributor. Now, as he retires as general manager, he recounts his storied career.
Transportation manager pens book about Crown vehicles
January 25, 2011
Louk Markham of Portage (Mich.) Public Schools spent the last 15 to 20 years researching and writing Crown Coach Corp.: School Buses, Fire Trucks and Custom Coaches, which chronicles the history of the company through text, and vintage photographs and memorabilia.
Towns observe anniversaries of school bus tragedies
November 30, 2010
In Washington state in 1945, 15 children and their driver died when their bus plunged into a frigid lake. In British Columbia in 1960, a bus was struck by a freight train, killing 17 people on board.
Minnesota school bus veteran passes away
October 25, 2010
Martin Walsh owned Columbia Capital Transit Company until its sale to ARA Services in 1975. The company provided transportation services to students throughout the state, including those at St. Paul, Minneapolis, Roseville and Mounds View school districts.

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