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<p>Owatonna Bus Co. has six locations, serving 48 states and all Canadian provinces. Though the company&rsquo;s bread and butter is school buses, its various locations also offer services such as a full paint booth for outside work, charter coaches and special-needs transportation.&nbsp;</p>

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Owatonna Bus Co. Shares TCO Secrets

Greg Lammers, Owatonna Bus Co.’s fleet manager, attributes his success to a dependable software management system and efficient procedures, which keep his total cost of ownership at a minimum.

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<p>The Continental HSR2 features a protective curb rib to increase the durability of the sidewall against abrasions, protecting the casing. The tire also features Continental-engineered VAI technology in the shoulders to alert drivers and fleet managers to early signs of alignment wear.</p> Tire Offerings Aim to Lower Costs, Enhance Safety
Early warning systems for wear-and-tear, and features that extend tire life and improve drivability in difficult weather conditions, help school bus operators navigate tough roads and handle frequent starts and stops safely and efficiently.
15 Tips to Boost Efficiency
From the bus routes to the shop to the transportation office, there are numerous opportunities to enhance efficiency. Here, directors share innovative ways to run a more cost-effective operation.
<p>Megan Geroux is NAPT's marketing and communications specialist.</p> NAPT Summit: Driving innovation, new certification
Highlights of the event, taking place in Kansas City, Missouri, Nov. 8-11, include a new professional certification for those involved in transporting students with disabilities and the newly formatted one-day trade show, featuring more than 120 vendors.
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Lubricant
Zep 45 DualForce, a long-lasting, dual-action penetrant and lubricant, features the newest anti-wear and rust-prevention technology, offering excellent corrosion resistance, company officials said.

Air conditioning units
Espar Climate Control Systems is now manufacturing legacy Carrier AC 310 and AC 350 roof-mounted bus air-conditioning systems in North America.

Diverter
Trans/Air’s new Driver Air Diverter is designed to ensure the comfort of the driver and can be added as an option to the supplier’s front flush mounted FM55 Evaporator, company officials said.

Motor oils
Duralec Super motor oils are made for EPA 2007 and 2010 emissions-equipped diesel engines requiring the use of emissions-compliant oil.

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<p>Here's the February 1956 issue of <em>School Bus Trends</em>, a predecessor of <em>School Bus Fleet</em>.</p> PHOTOS: A Look Back at School Bus Fleet Covers, Part 1

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