School Bus Fleet

September 2014

A management & maintenance magazine for school transportation fleets

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D U R A B L E • R E L I A B L E • T R U S T E D • WE ALWAYS PASS WHEN PUT TO THE TEST You can trust TIE TECH for reliable, high quality safety products. • 877-284-5400 • Universal Storage Pouch • Evac-Aide • Safe Cut • Fire Blanket • Evacuation Transporter • Steering Wheel Cover • Wheel Chair Lift Belts 56 S C H O O L B U S F L E E T • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 4 The Annual Fact Book Is the Best-Known Reference Source in the Industry Getting Better Every Year Don't miss the opportunity to deliver your sales message in the 2015 Fact Book. Frank Di Giacomo, Publisher 49 S. Maple Ave., Marlton, NJ 08053 Tel: (856) 596-0999 • Fax: (856) 586-0168 Mark Hollenbeck, Associate Publisher 3115 NE McDonald Lane, McMinnville, OR 97128 Tel: (503) 472-8200 Contact your SCHOOL BUS FLEET advertising representative today! SBF07-0146.14 Statistics Bus & Engine Specs Over 700 Industry Contacts Key Market Trends while serving as the vice president and general manager at Omnitracs, he launched a new generation of cloud- based services through the acquisition and subsequent management of Fleet- Risk Advisors and Sylectus. Share your 'People' news Help us spread the word about school bus industry personnel appointments, retirements, awards and passings. E-mail announcements to DON COLLINS, founder of Collins Industries Inc., now Collins Bus Corp., and known as the "father of the Type A small school bus," passed away at his home in Florida on July 29 at the age of 83. Collins was born to Rev. B.B. and Viola Adams Collins in Seminole, Oklahoma, on Jan. 24, 1931. At age 16, he attended Southwestern Assemblies of God Uni- versity in Waxahachie, Texas. He began as a pastor, and continued ministering in other areas throughout his life. Eventually, Collins left the ministry and began selling school buses for Wayne Bus Co. in Indiana. Collins identifed a need for a smaller, 16- to 24-passenger school bus. He founded his company, originally named E-CON-O Conversion, in 1967 in Kansas City, Missouri. Collins' company has been credited with a number of inno- vations, from creating the frst Type A school bus in 1967, to developing fat- foor buses, to producing its own seats and seat belts. In 1971, he moved the business to Hutchinson, Kansas, and formed Collins Industries Inc., now a subsidiary of Allied Specialty Vehicles, soon also becoming a pioneer in the manufacturing of ambu- lances, fre trucks, hearses, limousines and wheelchair lifts. Collins also manu- factured transit buses, leisure vans and terminal trucks that helped transform the shipping industry from bulk to contain- erization. Don Collins launched Type A school bus business people

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