Thomas Built Buses Introduces Corrosion Protection Treatments

FleetShield™ Performance Coatings Address Specific Customer Needs



High Point, N.C. – Thomas Built Buses today introduced a family of anti-corrosion treatments for the Saf-T-Liner® C2. The Thomas Built Buses Fleetshield™ corrosion protection treatments include Tuffcoat, EdgeCover and UnderGuard, each offered to shield specific vehicle parts that are particularly susceptible to corrosion and weather damage.



“These anti-corrosion products reflect our continuing focus on helping customers reduce the total cost of ownership of our buses,” said Thomas Built Buses president and CEO Kelley Platt. “We are committed to helping our customers stretch their budget dollars while transporting children to school in the safest and most environmentally-friendly manner. We recognize the need for our customers to be good stewards of their resources throughout the life of our buses, and that extends beyond the initial purchase price. Improving fuel economy, reducing maintenance intervals, increasing the durability of parts and lessening the cost of replacement parts are all part of the purchase decision. These specialized treatments help protect areas of a school bus that are most vulnerable to rust, corrosion and wear, to reduce maintenance and repair costs.”



Thomas Built is offering the FleetShield corrosion protection treatments in response to feedback provided during regular customer meetings and at the company’s twice yearly focus groups. Corrosion and abrasion are major concerns for many customers, especially in northern climates, where metal-eroding, roadside-de-icing chemicals are used, and in districts with gravel roads. Cross-functional, Thomas Built employee teams visited customers to see the problems firsthand, and to help develop solutions. The result is a variety of durable, flexible, high-performance coatings for key areas of a conventional bus. Each of the products guards against corrosion and weather and is resistant to chemicals, including road de-icing treatments.



FleetShield TuffCoat is a durable, high-performance coating for bumpers, luggage boxes and stepwells. TuffCoat provides a flexible, textured surface that reduces abrasions, and dampens bus noise and vibration.



FleetShield EdgeCover is a clear, protective coating applied on top of standard paint. Also used in the luxury automobile industry, this durable, self-healing formula guards against corrosion and weather damage.



FleetShield UnderGuard is a durable, self-healing, high-performance undercoating applied to the underside of the body to protect against impact and corrosion.



Each product offered under FleetShield corrosion protection is available as an individual option on Saf-T-liner C2 buses.



About Thomas Built Buses

Founded in 1916, Thomas Built Buses is a leading manufacturer of school buses in North America. Since the first Thomas Built bus rolled off the assembly line, the company has been committed to delivering the smartest and most innovative buses in North America. Learn more at www.ThomasBus.com or at www.facebook.com/thomasbuiltbuses.



Thomas Built Buses, Inc., headquartered in High Point, N.C., is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC , the largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America and a leading manufacturer of class 4-8 vehicles. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets commercial vehicles under the Freightliner, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Daimler Trucks North America is a Daimler company.

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