Thomas Built Buses Adds Dealer in Florida

Atlantic Truck Center purchases Commercial Vehicles of South Florida

High Point, N.C. - Thomas Built Buses has added a new dealer in Florida.

Atlantic Truck Center of Fort Lauderdale recently purchased several Commercial Vehicles of South Florida dealerships. The acquisition will allow Atlantic to serve Thomas customers with dealerships in Miami, West Palm Beach, Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale.

"The new owners and management team have provided an additional level of support and investment which will allow us to accomplish many great things," said Joe Puff, chief operating officer of Atlantic Truck Center. "The company is led by an experienced, customer-focused management team that intends to add value for our customers in South Florida." Skip Maas, the dealer principal, has more than 30 years experience in the industry and has ownership interest in ten dealerships in the U.S.

Ken Hedgecock, vice president of sales, marketing and service for Thomas Built, said Atlantic Truck Center will make an excellent addition to its dealer network. "Thomas is pleased to have a company the caliber of Atlantic Truck Center represent our products," he said. "We're certain our customers will benefit from their commitment to service."

Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, Thomas Built Buses

( is the leading manufacturer of school buses in North America, with more than one-third of the market. Since the first Thomas Built bus rolled off the assembly line in 1936, the company has focused entirely on delivering the smartest and most innovative buses in North America.

Thomas Built Buses is a subsidiary of Freightliner LLC, the largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America and a leading manufacturer of class 3-8 vehicles. Freightliner LLC produces and markets commercial vehicles under the Freightliner, Sterling, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Freightliner is a company of DaimlerChrysler, the world's largest commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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