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Thomas Built Buses names top dealer

Jason Cannon May 16, 2013

Thomas Built Buses recently recognized its top dealers of 2012 at its annual dealer meeting in Orlando, Fla.

Thomas Built president and CEO Kelley Platt presented the 2012 Dealer of the Year award to Tim Bearchell, general manager of The Bus Centre in Acheson, Alberta Canada, a full service dealer, offering sales, parts and vehicle service.

“Everyone at The Bus Centre is committed to customer satisfaction and goes to great lengths to do the right thing for their customers,” said Kelley Platt, president and CEO of Thomas Built Buses. “We are proud of their successes in 2012 and we are so pleased they are part of the Thomas Built family.”

The Dealer of the Year award winner is selected from five regional winners that demonstrate outstanding performance in customer satisfaction, customer service and support, financial performance and overall relationship with Thomas Built Buses.

At the same event, gold, silver and bronze awards for dealership excellence were presented to selected dealers in recognition of outstanding performance in service, parts support and bus sales. Winners include:

Regional Winners
Autobus Thomas, Inc. – Drummondville, Quebec (Northeast Region)
Carolina Thomas, LLC – Greensboro, N.C. (Southeast Region)
Hoekstra Transportation, Inc. – Grand Rapids, Mich. (Midwest Region)
Omaha Truck Center, Inc. – Omaha, Neb. (Central Region)
The Bus Centre – Acheson, Alberta (Western Region)

Gold Club
American Bus Sales and Service, Inc. – Annapolis, Md.
Autobus Thomas, Inc. – Drummondville, Quebec
Carolina Thomas, LLC – Greensboro, N.C.
Hoekstra Transportation, Inc. – Grand Rapids, Mich.
Kerlin Bus Sales and Leasing, Inc. – Silver Lake, Ind.
Mid-South Bus Center, Inc. – Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Midwest Bus Sales, Inc. KS/MO – Bonner Springs, Kan.
Nelson’s Bus Service, Inc. – Whitewater, Wis.
Nesco Bus and Truck Sales, Inc. – Bay Shore, N.Y.
New England Transit Sales, Inc. – Tyngsboro, Mass.
Omaha Truck Center, Inc. – Omaha, Neb.
Perry Rand Transportation Group, LTD. – Watersville, Nova Scotia
Rohrer Bus Sales – Duncannon, PA – Duncannon, Penn.
Sonny Merryman, Inc. – Evington, Va.
The Bus Centre – Acheson, Alberta
W.C. Cressey and Son, Inc. – Kennebunk, ME
Western Mountain Bus Sales, Inc. – Nampa, Ind.
Whayne Supply Company – Louisville, Ky.

Silver Club
BusWest – Carson, CA
H.A. Dehart & Son, Inc. – Thorofare, N.J.
Interstate Transportation Equipment, Inc. – Hopkins, S.C.
Lewis Bus Group – Salt Lake City, Utah
Matthews Buses, Inc. – Dansville, N.Y.
Matthews Buses, Inc. FL – Orlando, Fla.
Midwest Bus Sales, Inc. OK – El Reno, Okla.
Thomas Bus Gulf Coast GP, Inc. – Houston, Texas
Transportation South, Inc. – Pelham, Ala.
Transwest Trucks, Inc. – Grand Junction, Col.

Bronze Club
IState Truck Center – Billings, Mont.
Matheny Motor Truck Co. – Parkersburg, W.V.
Midwest Bus Sales, Inc. IL – Princeton, Ill.
Thomas Bus Sales, Inc. – Des Moines, Iowa
Trucks of Bismarck, Inc – Bismarck, N.D.
Warner Industries – Regina, Saskatchewan

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