January 11, 2019

Q & A: Caley Edgerly Shares Commitment to Optimize Technology for Greater Student Safety

From its newly announced pedestrian detection technology to its engines created to eventually anticipate faults before they even occur, Caley...
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January 8, 2019

Penske Gets First Freightliner Electric Truck

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) on Thursday, December 20, delivered the first vehicle in its Freightliner Electric Innovation Fleet – a...
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January 2, 2019

EPA Offering $40M in Diesel Emission Reduction Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. — More grant funding is now available in the Diesel Emission Reduction (DERA) program. The U.S. Environmental Protection...
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November 5, 2018

Proterra battery powering Thomas Built’s new school bus

Electric transportation specialist Proterra and Thomas Built Buses, which manufactures school buses in North America, recently unveiled a new high-performance electric school bus featuring...
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October 30, 2018

DTNA Outlines Goal to Dominate the Electric Vehicle Market

Customer interest in electric commercial vehicles is happening quicker than expected, but Roger Nielsen, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, said...
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October 12, 2018

Werth gift increases testing capacity for Services for Students with Disabilities

Compassionate, loyal, and dedicated, Robbie Werth’s professional career is all about equalizing opportunity. Now Werth has expanded on his interest...
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October 5, 2018

Greater Richmond Sales & Service Center Now Open!

On Monday, September 10, Sonny Merryman officially opened the doors of its new facility in Ashland, Virginia. The opening of...
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July 18, 2018

Thomas Built Buses Debuts Pedestrian Detection Prototype

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Thomas Built Buses debuted a prototype of its new pedestrian detection technology at the STN Expo...
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July 18, 2018

Thomas Built Buses Makes Electronic Stability Control a Standard Feature

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Thomas Built Buses has added electronic stability control (ESC) as a standard, factory-installed feature for some...
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June 25, 2018

Detroit Celebrates Corporate, Production Milestones

As Detroit observes its 80th anniversary this year, parent company Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is marking another important achievement...
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June 6, 2018

Sonny Merryman Makes Special Delivery to Montgomery County Public Schools

On Tuesday, June 5, Sonny Merryman made a special delivery to Montgomery County Public Schools—the 100,000th Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus...
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May 22, 2018

Expanding PDC Footprint Helping Daimler Slash Downtime, Improve Customer Experience

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) took another key step forward in maximizing the efficiency of its Aftermarket and dealer channel...
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May 22, 2018

DTNA Continues Expansion of PDC Network to Best Serve Dealer Channel

Daimler Trucks North America‘s (DTNA) aftermarket footprint is growing. The company Thursday formally opened its newest parts distribution center in...
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May 16, 2018

Sharp Bus Lines Buys 60 New School Buses With 360-Degree Cameras, Collision Avoidance

BRANTFORD, Ontario — Sharp Bus Lines has acquired 60 new Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner C2 school buses with technology aimed at...
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May 14, 2018

Thomas Built Buses VP Honored for Engineering Excellence

HIGH POINT, N.C. — A Thomas Built Buses executive was recognized on Tuesday for her leadership and her technical contributions...
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April 27, 2018

Thomas Built Invests $3 Million in Energy-Saving Initiatives

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Thomas Built Buses is expanding its eco program with a $3 million investment in energy-saving initiatives...
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April 26, 2018

Team Sonny Recognized with Top Awards from Thomas Built Buses

Each year, Thomas Built Buses dealers from across North America come together for a two-day meeting. Top leadership from Thomas Built...
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April 25, 2018

EPA Announces Availability of Funding for Clean Diesel

On Tuesday, April 24, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of grant funding nationwide to modernize fleets...
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March 26, 2018

Five Things to Know About Our New Location

1. This is our fourth sales & service center in Virginia. Since our founding in 1967, we’ve grown from a...
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March 14, 2018

Jouley Bus Walkaround Video Released – Watch Now!

Have you seen Jouley, Thomas' new electric C2 school bus? Check out this video recently released by Thomas Built Buses...
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February 27, 2018

Virginia’s Bus Company Expanding into Richmond

Sonny Merryman Inc. – Virginia’s Bus Company has announced expansion into the Greater Richmond market with plans to open a...
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February 21, 2018

School Districts Are Seeing a Dramatic Decrease in Diesel Engine Aftertreatment Maintenance Issues With New Stay Warm Feature

High Point, N.C. – In early 2017, Thomas Built Buses announced a revolutionary new feature for diesel engines: Diesel Particulate Filter...
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February 7, 2018

Thomas Built Buses Receives “World Class” Net Promoter Score

Thomas Built Buses and its dealer network received high marks in customer surveys, placing the manufacturer and its dealers in...
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February 1, 2018

New President Named at Freightliner Custom Chassis

GAFFNEY, S.C. — Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) has a new president and CEO: Jeff Sather. In his new position,...
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December 7, 2017

Daimler Trucks North America Launches 3-D Printing for Parts

The parent company of Thomas Built Buses says it sees 3-D printing as a better way to provide rare parts when customers need them.
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November 27, 2017

Virginia Area Transportation Supervisor Named One of 10 Phenomenal Women in School Transportation

School Bus Fleet News recently published "10 Phenomenal Women in School Transportation" and among the 10 was Ashley Fussell of...
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November 7, 2017

Thomas Built Reveals New Electric School Bus

COLUMBUS, Ohio: Thomas Built Buses unveiled a new electric school bus at the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) conference...
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October 30, 2017

In Memory of John W. Thomas, Jr., a True Pioneer

Former President of Thomas Built Buses, John W. Thomas, Jr., passed away Thursday, October 26, 2017 after a short illness....
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October 2, 2017

Virginia Pupil Transportation Official Receives National Recognition

Assistant Transportation Director, Kevin Roye, was nationally recognized in the October 2017 School Transportation News magazine for his outstanding work...
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September 28, 2017

Thomas Built Debuts First C2 School Bus With Detroit DD5 Engine

ATLANTA — Thomas Built Buses’ first Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus equipped with the new Detroit DD5 diesel engine went on...
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September 27, 2017

Allison Transmission 7-Year Warranty Program Extended

Thomas Built Buses will again offer as standard equipment the 7-Year Extended Warranty Coverage on certain Allison transmissions (2300 PTS,...
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September 8, 2017

Thomas Built Buses Adds Manager of Powertrain and Technology Sales

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Thomas Built Buses has named Kim Alston its new manager of powertrain and technology sales, effective...
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September 6, 2017

Daimler Donates $1 Million to Texas Harvey Relief

Daimler AG’s U.S.-based subsidiaries—Mercedes-Benz USA, Mercedes-Benz US International, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and Daimler Trucks North America — have announced a joint support...
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August 29, 2017

Lynchburg City Schools Welcomes New Transportation Director

New school years are always accompanied by new faces, but Lynchburg City Schools didn’t just welcome students this year. Russell...
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August 17, 2017

Installation of Parking Brake Interlock on Thomas Buses Operating in Virginia Complete

This past spring, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) discovered approximately 4,000 public school buses operating in Virginia lacked the...
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May 19, 2017

Nine Virginia Students Attending Virginia Tech Awarded Scholarship Funds

Nine students have been awarded scholarship funds for their education at Virginia Tech. The scholarships are made possible through an...
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May 18, 2017

Important Information Regarding Parking Brake Interlock

Check here for the latest updates regarding the Parking Brake Interlock feature on Thomas school buses. UPDATE: THURSDAY, AUGUST 17 AT...
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May 12, 2017

Jeff Allen Promoted to DTNA Senior Vice President of Production, Quality, and Specialty Vehicles

On Tuesday, May 9, Daimler Trucks North America appointed two new members to its Operating Committee, Jeff Allen and Stefan...
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April 10, 2017

Team Sonny Brings Home Top Awards From Thomas Built Buses

Several Team Sonny members headed out to Dallas, Texas this week for Thomas Built Buses’ annual Dealer Meeting. On Monday...
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March 30, 2017

Allison Delivers 5% Better Fuel Economy vs. Eaton Procision

Two equally spec’d class 7 trucks were tested by a certified, third-party at an independent testing facility in West Texas....
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March 27, 2017

Detroit DD5 and DD8 medium-duty engines available on Thomas Built Buses in 2018

Detroit DD5 and DD8 medium-duty engines available on Thomas Built Buses in 2018 Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) unveiled the...
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March 22, 2017

Roger Neilsen appointed Chief Executive Officer and President of Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced that Chief Operating Officer Roger Neilsen will become chief executive officer and president, effective...
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March 15, 2017

Floyd Merryman Named as Member of New Roanoke-Blacksburg-Lynchburg Economic Development Council

The Virginia Growth and Opportunity (GO Virginia) initiative began in 2016 with the purpose of promoting economic and workforce development across...
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March 1, 2017

Daimler Taps Daum to Head Global Truck & Bus Business

Martin Daum, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, has been named to head the Daimler’s global trucks and...
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February 27, 2017

AngelTrax Unveils New HD Video Surveillance System, Software

Mobile video surveillance supplier AngelTrax has introduced several new solutions for the transportation industry. The Vulcan Series in-vehicle surveillance systems...
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February 13, 2017

10 Reasons [We] Love the Bus

February is "Love the Bus" Month 1. School buses are the safest way for kids to get to and from...
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February 3, 2017

Daimler 2016 Profit Hits Record High

Daimler officials also said the company has dramatically increased spending on research and development for 2017, up 15% from 2016 to more than 7.5 billion euros.
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February 3, 2017

DTNA preparing for year of milestones in 2017

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is set to celebrate a quartet of anniversaries for its Freightliner, Detroit, Western Star and Thomas Built Bus brands in 2017. Sonny Merryman Inc. President & CEO, Floyd Merryman had this to say, “We are proud to have been a part of the Thomas Built Buses family for the last 50 years and look forward to continuing our partnership in the future. Being a part of the Daimler Trucks North America group has allowed Thomas Bus to separate itself from the competition by developing safety and technology innovations for our customers to transport our most precious cargo to and from school daily.”
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January 31, 2017

January 2017 Bus Report

Check out the January 2017 Thomas Built Bus Bus Report. Included in this issue: the Benefits of Diesel Far Surpass What You Might Expect, Road Map with Caley Edgerly, Connectivity and Telematics, and Total Cost of Ownership Pro Tip.
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January 31, 2017

January Tuesday Tune-Up

In this month's Tuesday Tune-Up:Daniel Droog Awarded Southeast Trainer of the Year Award, New Hampton Roads Parts Salesperson, January/February Parts Special, New Sonny Merryman Inc. Website Revealed, and How-To Video: Entrance Doors Adjustments
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January 30, 2017

Sonny Merryman Inc. Service Trainer, Daniel Droog, Awarded Southeast Trainer of the Year

For the second year in a row, Daniel Droog, the Sonny Merryman Inc. Service Trainer, has been named the Thomas...
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January 24, 2017

Freightliner Custom Chassis Named to DOE Consortium

The U.S. Dept. of Energy has selected Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) as part of a multidisciplinary consortium that will explore improving on-road freight efficiency for medium and heavy-duty trucks.
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January 20, 2017

Patrick County residents are tripping out over donated bus at the Reynolds Homestead

Staff at the Reynolds Homestead provide cultural and educational experiences to the residents of Patrick County and surrounding areas. Their job has been made easier with the addition of a 15-passenger bus funded by a $50,000 donation from long-time patrons Ray and Nancy Dietz, of Martinsville, Virginia.
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