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March 6, 2024  – Hoekstra Transportation, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and The Bus Center Family of Companies (Mid-South Bus Center, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Transportation South, Pelham, Ala.; and The Bus Center – Atlanta, Acworth, Ga.), are pleased to announce their merger.  

Following Hoekstra’s purchase of an equity interest in The Bus Center Family, the four companies now represent one of the largest and most comprehensive providers of bus and van transportation in the country. The companies offer sales and service for the leading manufacturers in the industry, including Thomas Built Bus and Forest River, and a physical footprint that spans from the Southeast into the upper Midwest.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us, as we look to grow our operations and partnerships,” said Mark Hoekstra, President and CEO of Hoekstra Transportation. “The teams in place at The Bus Center locations are second to none, allowing all operations to remain intact, which made this merger even [...]

Presentation & Ribbon Cutting to be held Thursday, Dec. 7 at Deshler High School sponsored by Transportation South

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Dec. 4, 2023 – Transportation South, Inc., Alabama’s largest school bus provider, and Thomas Built Buses, the industry’s largest provider of all electric school buses, are pleased to announce Tuscumbia City Schools will be the first school system in the state of Alabama to receive a Thomas Built Bus SAF-T-LINER® C2 Jouley, the first Electric School Bus being delivered with the EPA Clean School Bus Program. On Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023, a celebration presentation of the bus and a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at Deshler High School Auditorium, located at 200 N. Commons St. E. (Tuscumbia, AL 35674).

WHAT:          Tuscumbia City Schools Receives First Electric School Bus in Alabama;
                        Via EPA Clean School Bus Program Presentation & Ribbon Cutting to be held.

WHO:            Transportation South, [...]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
The Bus Center
Anna Jones, (205) 663-2287
[email protected]

The Bus Center Family of Companies Welcomes David Nethercut 

Murfreesboro, TennesseeThe Bus Center Family of Companies has announced the addition of David Nethercut as the new EV Program Manager.  In this new capacity, Nethercut will assist Mid-South Bus Center (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), and its sister companies Transportation South, Inc. (Pelham, Al.) and The Bus Center – Atlanta (Acworth, Ga.) sales teams in developing electrification opportunities within both the school bus and commercial vehicle markets. 

“We are excited to add David as a team member.  David is not only an industry veteran but also an exciting sales leader who will add valuable expertise to all three of our companies,” said Bucky Law, President of The Bus Center Family of Companies.

Nethercut has been a highly regarded resource within the school transportation industry for over 45 years, with 30 years’ [...]

Round 2 of the EPA Clean School Bus Program, a $5 Billion program designed to help schools electrify their school bus fleets.  Round 1 provided several school systems across the state with enough funding to purchase over 50 electric school buses. Let’s keep as much of this money coming to our state schools as possible. Applications for Round 2 just opened in April.

Our School Bus Staff in Birmingham and Nashville are available as a resource if you have questions or need help applying.  Our Team helped secure funding in round 1 and we can do the same for your school district.

 

Round 2 is significantly different from Round 1, as it will be a competitive application process instead of a random lottery. This will require your application to be high quality and well thought [...]

Transportation South, Inc., a member of The Bus Center Family of Companies, is pleased and excited to announce the following changes within its service department:
 

 
Mark Coffey has been promoted to the newly formed position of Mobile Service and Training Manager. Mark will coordinate technician training for all aspects of the company, both internally and externally. He will additionally serve to develop mobile technicians and their responsibilities as technology continues to evolve. Mark has been with the company 10 years servicing school systems throughout North Alabama. This position allows Mark to serve customers throughout the state.
 
Contact Information: Mark Coffey | [email protected] | 205.703.1668
 

 

 
Anthony Coffey will be the new Service Technician that will replace Mark [...]

For Immediate Release
 

Pelham, Alabama – Thomas Built Buses (TBB) held its Annual President’s Club awards program in National Harbor, MD. We are proud to announce Mid-South Bus Center (Nashville) and Transportation South (Pelham) each received the President’s Club Platinum Award.
 

The President’s Club Platinum awards are given to top dealers in recognition of achieving key performance indicators in sales, service, and parts. We are so proud of our teams.
In addition, our company is extremely proud of our team members as they were honored with other recognitions. They are:
 

Mid-South Bus Center – Gold Parts Excellence Awards – Southeast Region
Transportation South – Silver Parts Excellence Awards – Southeast Region. And Top 5 National Dealer of the Year.
Gil Jaggers, Transportation South, Eagles Nest Sales Achievement Status
 

For more information regarding this event, visit: Thomas Built Buses, LLC News
 

Last month, Thomas Built Buses (TBB) held its Annual President’s Club awards program in Savannah, Georgia.   We are proud to announce Mid-South Bus Center (Nashville) and Transportation South (Pelham) each received the President’s Club Platinum Award. 
  
The President’s Club Platinum awards are given to top dealers in recognition of achieving key performance indicators in sales, service, and parts.  We are so proud of our teams.
  
  
For more information regarding this event, visit:  Thomas Built Buses, LLC News
  

 

Click Here To Learn More About The Alabama Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan

 

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) has opened applications for their 2022 Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
Grant Program!  The State of Alabama has allocated $2 million this year for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations.
Applications are due by June 10.  For more information, click here.

 

 

Time To Replace “That” Diesel Bus?

 

 

With cases of the Covid-19 Omicron variant surging, we regret to inform you the Annual “Love The Bus” Celebration scheduled for February 2022 has been canceled out of concern for the health and safety of our customers, clients, staff members and local community. See you in 2023!

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