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New Buses Vital to Work of The Global Village Project

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buses are making a big impact for girls who are served by The Global Village Project in Decatur, GA. These students, ranging from age 11-18, will now be able to get to school in 15 or 20 minutes instead of undertaking a one-hour commute on public transportation each morning.

The Global Village Project is an innovative school designed specifically to meet the educational needs of refugee girls who have experienced interrupted schooling in their countries of origin. The girls come from all over the world: Burma, Afghanistan, Iran, Congo, Ethiopia, and other countries. The tuition-free school offers a full-day, three-year program that prepares the students to be successful in high school and college. (more…)

Thomas Built Buses – One Reason

“We do this for one reason. One reason that’s been our focus for 100 years….For the future. Futures that are made possible for everyone because we’re there for them, every morning and every afternoon.”

We don’t take what we do lightly, and we will never lose sight of the importance of our work. This is our purpose. This is our passion. This is why we do what we do.

To learn how Thomas Built Buses’ quality, safety and reliability can provide the best value and the lowest total cost of ownership for your school system, contact Carolina Thomas at (336) 851-1718 or email us at sales@carolinathomas.com.

Carolina Thomas to provide 75 Thomas Buses for NCDPI seat belt implementation project

For nearly a half-century, one of the most widely debated issues regarding school bus safety has been the use of seat belts. Current National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulations do not require seat belts in school buses over 10,000 pounds. But two recent industry opinions have signaled a significant shift in position on this issue. (more…)

Thomas Built Buses – Every Mile Matters

For millions of school children and their parents, as well as for the countless dedicated transportation professionals who work tirelessly to get them safely to and from school, the yellow school bus matters.

On the celebration of its 100th year as the industry’s leading school bus manufacturer, Thomas Built Buses has logged a LOT of miles. And to the men and women who build Thomas school buses, every single one of those miles matters.

This inspiring video takes a heartfelt look at the people, passion and pride behind the very best school buses in the world – and why every mile matters.

To learn how Thomas Built’s quality, safety and reliability can provide the best value and the lowest total cost of ownership for your school system, contact Carolina Thomas at (336) 851-1718 or email us at sales@carolinathomas.com.

Coming Full Circle – David Twiddy’s Journey from High School Bus Driver to Transportation Director

From left to right: Bud Hendrix, David Twiddy, Caley Ederly (President & CEO of Thomas Built Buses), Debbi Nelson, Phil Loflin

From left to right: Bud Hendrix, David Twiddy, Caley Edgerly (President & CEO of Thomas Built Buses), Debbi Nelson, Phil Loflin


Looking back to what you did at age 16 is often a cringe-inducing exercise. From acid wash jeans to bad haircuts, there are plenty of decisions we don’t wish to replicate. But while David Twiddy may have upgraded his style since 1986, one thing is still as beloved today as it was in high school – Dare County bus #1. Nearly 30 years after first taking the wheel, David – now Transportation Director for Dare County Schools in North Carolina – has brought back the #1 bus to the same route he drove as a student; albeit with a few upgrades. (more…)

Thomas Built completes $12M plant expansion

Thomas Built completes $12M plant expansionHIGH POINT, N.C. — Thomas Built Buses (TBB) has finalized the installation of new equipment and infrastructure as part of its recently announced $12 million expansion.

Additionally, the company has made significant strides in increasing workforce. This will increase TBB’s production capabilities of the Saf-T-Liner C2 by more than 25%.

Read the full article – Courtesy of School Bus Fleet Magazine.

Take a virtual tour of the Thomas Built Buses plant and see some of the new equipment and infrastructure that are part of its $12 million expansion. – Courtesy of School Bus Fleet Magazine.

Read the press release – Courtesy of Thomas Built Buses.

What Makes Thomas Buses the Safest on the Road

While every car, truck, and van is designed with safety in mind, a school bus carries the most precious cargo there is on a daily basis. At Carolina Thomas, we understand the importance of building buses that lead the industry in safety. Every parent wants to know their child is protected, and we constantly find new ways to keep our passengers safe and provide parents with peace of mind. (more…)

Thomas Saf-T-Liner C2 Bus Seat Improvements for NC DPI State Contract Buses

During our 2015 Open House & Training Event in March, SynTec Seating Solutions presented a number of significant improvements to the 2014 “Tapered” Thomas S3B Seats installed on all Thomas NC DPI state contract buses, beginning with buses delivered in 2014. These enhancements were the result of feedback we received from you our customers and recommended to SynTec to improve the seat.

The 2014 “Tapered” Thomas S3B Seat includes a new “tapered back” foam and cover design along with enhancements to the metal back panel to significantly improve the life and durability of the seat. The S3B Seat is installed on all Thomas buses manufactured for the NC DPI state contract, beginning with deliveries in 2014. Older 2009 – 2013 legacy seats may also be converted to the “tapered back” foam and cover.

Download the SynTec presentation to learn more about the 2014 “Tapered” Thomas S3B Seat, including part numbers for conversion of 2009 – 2013 legacy seats to the new “tapered back” foam and cover.

SynTec Seating Solutions, located in High Point, North Carolina, is the manufacturer for all Thomas Built Buses school bus seats. Learn more at www.syntecseating.com.

If you have any questions about the information provided in this edition of The Bus Buzz, please contact us at 1-800-440-3492.

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