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December 2018

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16 LUXURY COACH & TRANSPORTATION DECEMBER 2018 WWW.LCTMAG.COM LuxuryTransportationScene LUXURY TRANSPORTATION SCENE IS COMPILED monthly by LCT editors Martin Romjue Martin@lctmag.com; and Lexi Tucker Lexi@lctmag. com. Email us your press releases and photos for online and/or print. DEAN TRAILWAYS TAKES DELIVERY OF TWO NEW 2018 VAN HOOL CX45 COACHES LANSING, Mich. -- Dean Trailways took delivery in October of two new 2018 Van Hool CX45 coaches. The coaches are equipped with Cummins engines, Wi-Fi, satellite TV, outlets with USB ports, etc. Dean Trailways operates 34 vehicles rang- ing from black car service to 56-passenger motorcoaches. Its services include line runs, charters, and casino trips, as well as travel for educational institutions, sporting event, church groups, tour groups, etc. It is a family owned and operated company led by Kellie Dean and his sons Patrick and Christopher. Founded in 1994, Dean Trailways started as an extension of the company's long- standing Dean Transportation business in which it has operated over 1,500 school buses across Michigan since the mid-1950s. Dean Transportation focuses on transport- ing Michigan's special needs students. The company runs eight CX45s as well as one CX35 and adds Van Hools to its •eet as replacement coaches, maintaining its late model •eet. Information: www.abc-companies.com PREMIER TRANSPORTATION TAKES DELIVERY OF SIX NEW 2018 VAN HOOL COACHES KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Premier Trans- portation took delivery in October of six new Van Hool coaches, including three CX35 and two CX45 models and one TX model with in-seat audio. Founded in 2003, the company began on the premise to supply East Tennessee with the highest level of motorcoach service. The company's visionary Nick Cazana who had a true passion for the motorcoach industry demands Premier to be much more than a name for his company but also a way of doing business. Today, Premier has grown to become a leader in charter service with a well-rounded •eet of 51 ve- hicles ranging from 14-passenger shuttles to 81-passenger Van Hool Double Deck coaches. Premier primarily runs charter service to New York City, Washington, Orlando, and Chicago, as well as other U.S. and Canadian destinations. Premier began purchasing Van Hools in 2004. It has worked with Premier to supply many special amenities for their customers. Premier was one of the šrst pri- vate operators to purchase a Van Hool TD925 double deck coach solely for charter service. This was an undeveloped market which presented a challenge and op- portunity for the operator. The company was successful and creative in establishing a market for this specialty coach, and shortly added a second double deck to the •eet. Information: www.abc-companies.com NEW FLYER OPENS HIGH TECH BUS PART FACTORY IN KENTUCKY ST. CLOUD, Minn. --- New Flyer of America Inc., owner of motorcoach builder MCI, on Sept. 10 ofšcially opened a 300,000 sq.ft. part fabrication facility in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. The facility furthers company ef- forts to insource parts manufacturing, and increases its commitment to meet increased US content requirements under Buy America provisions of the 2015 FAST Act. The facility will immedi- ately provide parts for the manufacture of New Flyer transit buses and MCI motorcoaches, with intention to include parts for ARBOC Specialty Vehicle buses in the future. Parts made at the new facility include: Hose manufacture, injection molding and thermoforming plastics, metal fabrication and advanced machining, powder coating, and electri- cal components. The opening follows New Flyer's an- nouncement in November 2017 to invest $28 million in Kentucky. The plant is expected to reach full capacity by the end of 2019, creating up to 550 jobs in Shepherdsville and the surround- ing area. This growth would increase the total NFI Group jobs in Kentucky to nearly 800, along with the NFI Parts headquarters and distribution center in Louisville. Information: www.newyer.com; www.mcicoach.com bust •eet services designed to cover every aspect of equipment care and maintenance for large and small operators. Located in the heart of the Alameda County's Tri-Cities area, the new facility is situated to serve a broad range of custom- ers and attract new operators to the busi- ness. The 30,000 square foot facility sits on three acres. "This state-of-the-art facility signišcantly increases our capacity to support customers on a larger, more far-reaching scale," said Roman Cornell, COO at ABC Companies. "As the market expands, this facility and location will enable ABC to galvanize its leadership position." Information: www.abc-companies.com (L to R) At the Sept. 10 ribbon cutting: Curtis Hockenbury, Mayor of Shepherds- ville, KY; John Snider, executive director, Bullitt County Economic Development Authority; Wayne Joseph, President, New Flyer of America; Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (holding scissors); Dan Murray, general manager, New Flyer of America Shepherds- ville; Kentucky Congressman Brett Guthrie (District 2); Paul Soubry, CEO, New Flyer of America; and Terry Gill, Secretary, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. (L to R): COO Nate Frederick, service director Sol Miller, and operations manager Clay Gilstrap. MARKETPLACE: VENDORS & PRODUCTS

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