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