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September 2018

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14 LUXURY COACH & TRANSPORTATION SEPTEMBER 2018 WWW.LCTMAG.COM LuxuryTransportation Scene MARKETPLACE: VENDORS & PRODUCTS ABC COMPANIES HOSTS OPEN HOUSE FOR LOCAL CUSTOMERS, COMMUNITY, AND FIRST RESPONDERS WINTER GARDEN, Fla. — ABC Companies on June 26 celebrated being part of its local community for over 40 years with numer- ous activities centered around sharing their appreciation for local customers, the com- munity, and local first responders. Not only did ABC and its employees open their facility as a thank you, but numerous suppliers participated as well. Detroit Diesel, REI, and Amaya, along with over 12 other vendor partners, attended and contributed in sup- port of the event. "This event is about showing our gratitude to our long-standing customers and the local community who have been with us from the start. It is hard to believe we have been here for over 40 years, but when you look around and see how we have grown this facility to accommodate our customers, it is clear this is just the begin- ning of many more great years to come," said Roman Cornell, executive VP and CCO of ABC Companies. As part of the celebration, ABC Companies also supported the local City of Oak- land Police Department's ongoing child seat and helmet drive. "We received many donations," said Sergeant Angela Campbell who participated in the festivities. Among the many activities available for customers, a few were truly unique. A "dunk tank" was on-site giving customers the opportunity to soak a few of their fa- vorite ABC employees. The event included lunch and the opportunity to spend time with members of the ABC staff and suppliers. "The relationships and trust we earn with our customers has to be supported by our suppliers," said John Gillis, VP of parts. "Having many of them in attendance demonstrates our focus throughout the organization on always keeping the cus- tomer first. They had the opportunity to interact firsthand, continuing to understand what our customers need to be successful and how ABC delivers for them." Information: https://www.abc-companies.com MV TRANSPORTATION EXPANDS ITS FLEET WITH 19 MCI 2018 J4500 COACHES DES PLAINES, Ill. — Motor Coach Industries (MCI) contin- ues to meet employers' increas- ing demand for quality private commuter systems with a 19 coach J4500 order from Dallas- based MV Transportation. MV operates shuttle services for some of the most well-known corporations in the world, meeting employee needs for convenient, energy-efficient, and comfort- able commutes to and from their offices. With such growing demand, MV selected MCI's clean diesel J4500 based on its luxurious passenger experience and work- horse reliability. "We're finding door-to-door employee commuter transportation is becoming a more popular employer benefit as major companies continue to expand region- ally," said Jeff Womack, MV CMO. "The J4500 is a natural choice for its comfortable, smooth ride, and passenger amenities perfect for longer distance routes." Each of the new 2018 model coaches feature 56 seats with ample legroom, Wi-Fi, and charging outlets available to every passenger. MCI has about 800 coaches operating in Northern California alone. "For many growing companies, this is a win-win – they can attract the best people, get them to work on schedule, and cut down on the use of cars, all with the help of MCI," said Patrick Scully, MCI executive VP of sales and marketing. "A fully occupied motorcoach is more energy-efficient per passenger mile than any other mode of motor transportation and can displace as many as 56 passenger cars from crowded highways, easing congestion." Information: www.mcicoach.com; www.mvtransit.com RAMBLIN EXPRESS TAKES DELIVERY OF TWO 2018 VAN HOOL CX35S DENVER — Ramblin Express has recent- ly taken delivery of two 2018 Van Hool CX35 motorcoaches. The Denver-based operation's fleet of 50 buses includes a wide range of options, from 22-passen- ger minibuses to 56-passenger full-size motorcoaches. The CX35 offers all the comforts of a full-size motorcoach while catering to a smaller passenger count of 38. These two new coaches bring their fleet to total of eight Van Hools. All Van Hool coaches bought to date have been equipped with wheelchair lifts. Additionally, both new CX35 coaches are powered by Cummins engines/Allison transmissions and are equipped with Sau- con touch driver display, video box with security cameras, satellite XM radio, Wi-Fi, and Rudd tire chains. Todd Holland and his wife Kellie founded Ramblin Express in 1993 to address the need for a casino run opera- tor accommodating casino customers and employees. Today, Ramblin runs a vigorous casino shuttle program and a robust charter business. Its casino shuttle business services passengers from Pueblo, Colorado Springs, and Woodland Park to Cripple Creek, as well as from Aurora and Lakewood to the ca- sino action in Black Hawk and Central City. The company has served over four million passengers and celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Holland is an active member within the motorcoach industry serving as membership committee chair for the International Motorcoach Group (IMG) and previously served on the United Motorcoach Association (UMA) board of directors from 2001 to 2007. Ramblin Express was named the IMG Operator of the Year in 2009 and in 2011 was named Metro Magazine's Motorcoach Operator of the Year. Holland was also the found- ing chairman of the Motorcoach Council. Information: www.vanhool.be/en/www. ramblinexpress.com

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