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Virginia dealership founder Sonny Merryman passes
December 10, 2013
Merryman, who died on Saturday at age 89, launched his school bus business in 1967 when Thomas Built Buses was looking for a new dealer in Virginia. Today, Sonny Merryman Inc. has three locations and more than 125 employees in the state.
Thomas Built to launch CNG-powered Type A school bus
October 22, 2013
The manufacturer is now starting pilot production of a compressed natural gas (CNG) Minotour, with official production slated to start in the first quarter of 2014. The CNG model will utilize a GM 6-liter engine on the 4500 series cutaway chassis.
Thomas Built dealer BusWest expands into Nevada
October 15, 2013
BusWest acquires the Nevada Thomas Built Buses dealership from Arizona-based Auto Safety House. BusWest, which has sales and service locations in California and Hawaii, will now also serve Nevada through an office in North Las Vegas.
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.

District cuts vehicle breakdowns by 50%, crashes by 35%
October 3, 2013
These improvements at Virginia's Prince William County Public Schools started by investing more time in maintenance and money in better equipment for its school buses, which also led to an overall reduction in costs.
Kids pick Leslie Andrews as school bus driver of the year
October 1, 2013
Four students nominated Andrews, a driver for Pender County (N.C.) Schools, in the annual Children's Choice contest. Two of those students tie for first place for their essays about Andrews, who one says "loves helping people of all ages and wouldn’t hurt a fly."
How Thomas, First Student are working toward a better bus
September 20, 2013

First Student and Thomas Built Buses’ partnership hinges on a high level of collaboration and transparency. Their efforts are helping both companies become more efficient and make improvements that could benefit the entire industry.

Education, transportation secretaries support yellow buses
September 12, 2013
Staff members at the Tucson (Ariz.) Unified School District bus depot are joined on Wednesday morning by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The duo discuss the importance of bus drivers in school safety, and they ride along on a school bus before participating in a service project at a local middle school.
Thomas Built Buses holds photo contest for parents
August 29, 2013
For the contest, parents submit a photo that depicts their child and a school bus. Five winners will each receive a $2,000 donation for their child's school.
Missouri district to transition fleet to CNG
August 6, 2013
In a 10-year lease-purchase agreement, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District will replace its diesel fleet with 149 Thomas Built school buses powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). The district’s program also includes a shift toward CNG-powered facility maintenance trucks and continued use of all-electric delivery trucks.
Thomas Built honors top dealer trainers
July 8, 2013
Ali Rampartab of Matthews Bus Sales in Orlando, Fla., is named the school bus manufacturer’s 2012 Dealer Trainer of the Year at an annual dealer meeting for providing hands-on service maintenance and training to his customers in New York and Florida. Regional winners are also recognized.
Thomas Built tool calculates total cost of ownership
July 1, 2013
The manufacturer's new calculator, available through the Thomas Built dealer network, can measure the current total cost of ownership for fleets with any brand of buses.
Thomas Built invests in 1,500-ton press, honors dealers
May 16, 2013
The school bus manufacturer’s new press is used for making parts, including roof and floor sheets as well as exterior panels and structural supports, such as roof bows. In other news, Thomas Built names The Bus Centre of Acheson, Alberta, its 2012 Dealer of the Year.
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.

Communication leads to cost savings for Florida district
April 16, 2013

The collaborative atmosphere at the School District of Manatee County’s transportation department ensures that everyone works together to do their jobs efficiently, minimizing unnecessary expenditures. A combination of factors, including providing ongoing driver instruction to help them operate new buses that have been purchased, has saved the district about $400,000.

Thomas Built calls for Driver of the Year nominations
February 25, 2013
The school bus manufacturer is once again recognizing bus drivers and the job that they do by asking students to nominate their drivers for the Children’s Choice School Bus Driver of the Year contest. Students in kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to submit essays of at least 90 words describing what makes their driver special.
Thomas Built releases details on 2013 technician training
February 20, 2013
Thomas Built Institute sessions will be held May 7-10 in Greensboro, N.C., and July 23-26 in Reno, Nev. Topics to be covered include emissions systems, advanced electrical, coolant, maintenance and cost savings, and utilizing websites, resources and wire diagrams.
Thomas Built launches corrosion protection treatments
November 15, 2012
The school bus OEM’s new FleetShield, for the Saf-T-Liner C2, includes three different treatments to shield specific vehicle parts that are particularly susceptible to corrosion and weather damage.
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.
Thomas Built to develop CNG-fueled Type C
October 23, 2012
The school bus manufacturer announces at the NAPT Summit that it will develop a Saf-T-Liner C2 powered by compressed natural gas. Also, Thomas Built’s new propane Type A is now in production, and its propane Type C is expected to be available next year.

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