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June 01, 2006  |   Comments (0)   |   Post a comment

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Here's a look at what's new with several of this year's Top 50 Contractors as well as the group that brings many of them together: the National School Transportation Association.

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As one of the largest bus companies in the state, Riteway services 35 school districts throughout central and southeastern Wisconsin. With a fleet of late-model motorcoaches, shuttle coaches, limo coaches, limousines and sedans, Riteway also accommodates local and nationwide travel for student transportation, sporting events, business meetings, airport shuttles, group tours and special occasions.

Riteway attributes its success to caring and personal service, which has always been part of the company creed.


NSTA holds tech training at Thomas facility
Thomas Built Buses hosted a National School Transportation Association (NSTA) maintenance workshop March 14-15 at the company’s C2 manufacturing facility in High Point, N.C.

Service trainer Tom Wilkins conducted hands-on technical sessions on multiplex wiring, troubleshooting school bus electrical systems and school bus construction standards. Wilkins also answered general bus repair questions.

Attendee Tom Rufenacht, shop foreman with Harford County Public Schools in Bel Air, Md., said of the seminar, “The entire experience in High Point was very enjoyable and the plant tour was impressive. The training by Tom Wilkins was excellent and provided us with valuable resources and instruction.”

NSTA has several more maintenance workshops scheduled throughout the year, including a return to the Thomas facility Oct. 24-25. For more information, visit the NSTA’s Website,


Petermann focuses on rewards
Officials at Petermann say that since the company’s inaugural year, 1921, its emphasis has always been on respecting its drivers and rewarding the outstanding work they do in safely transporting students and special-needs adults.

Petermann offers its employees various reward and recognition programs. The most recognized safety award is given during National School Bus Safety Week. For the third consecutive year, Petermann will hand over the keys to two new cars for two drivers with perfect attendance and no accidents.

Another valued reward offering is the Safe Service Award Program. Petermann offers Safe Service Award pins, gift certificates, certificates of special recognition and plaques for outstanding contributions to the company and its customers.

Additionally, Petermann sponsors numerous employee events each year, such as pancake breakfasts, pizza parties, luncheons, ice cream socials and holiday parties.

During the spring, the company holds an annual roadeo competition. All Petermann employees and their families are invited to attend. Company officials say they feel it’s important for drivers’ family members to appreciate the challenges of driving a school bus and for everyone to acknowledge school bus driving as a skilled profession.

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