Thomas Built Completes Milestone

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School Bus Manufacturer Delivers The First Saf-T-Liner® C2

HIGH POINT, N.C….Signed, sealed and delivered. That’s how Thomas Built Buses employees presented the very first customer-ready Saf-T-Liner® C2 school bus.

John O’Leary, President and CEO of Thomas Built Buses, handed the keys to John Elliott, President and CEO of Austin, Texas-based Durham School Services in a ceremony at the company’s 275,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in High Point, N.C.

O’Leary said an enormous amount of creativity, hard work and customer input led to the Durham School Services delivery. “We share a common goal of safely delivering North America’s children to and from school each and every day,” O’Leary said. “And now with the C2, Durham and Thomas will be linked by a product designed to take school transportation to new levels of safety, durability, reliability, serviceability and driver ergonomics.”

Elliott agreed. “Adding Thomas’ C2 buses to our fleet furthers the investment in our number one priority: child safety. At Durham, part of our mission is to deliver every child safe, on time and ready to learn, every day.”

Each Thomas C2 plant employee and representatives from Durham School Services personally signed the hood of Job One during the ceremony. The signed hood will be permanently displayed in the C2 plant to commemorate the milestone.

The Saf-T-Liner C2 is a next-generation conventional school bus designed with customer and driver input from the ground up. Built on a Freightliner Custom Chassis designed specifically for school bus applications, the C2 delivers superior durability, reliability and safety with world-class engineering, testing and manufacturing technology.

Durham School Services is the nation’s third largest provider of student transportation services, operating more than 8,400 buses in 275 school districts across the United States. The company began in 1917 with three buses that provided special-needs pupil transportation service to the Rosemead School District of San Gabriel Valley, California. Today, Durham is a United States subsidiary of National Express Group PLC, one of the largest multi-modal transportation companies in the United Kingdom.

Thomas Built Buses is a subsidiary of Freightliner LLC and is the leading manufacturer of school buses in North America.

Freightliner LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon is the largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America and a leading manufacturer of Class 3-7 vehicles. Freightliner produces and markets commercial vehicles under the Freightliner, Sterling, Western Star, American LaFrance, and Thomas Built Buses nameplates and is a company of DaimlerChrysler, the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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