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Collins Industries
Founded 1971
Headquarters South Hutchinson, Kansas, USA
Number of locations 3
Area served North America
Industry Transportation
Products school buses
ambulances
special-purpose vehicles
Employees 900
Parent Allied Specialty Vehicles
Subsidiaries Collins Industries
Mid Bus Corporation
Corbeil Bus Corporation
Website http://www.collinsbuscorp.com/


Collins Industries is a South Hutchinson, Kansas company that specializes in manufacturing of Type A school buses, and also manufactures ambulances and other special-purpose vehicles. The company was founded in 1971 and as of 1998 it was made up of four subsidiaries: Collins Bus Corporation, Wheeled Coach Industries, Inc.; World Trans, Inc. and Capacity of Texas, Inc.[1] Collins purchased manufacturer Mid Bus in 1998, and the assets of Canada-based manufacturer Corbeil Bus Corporation in 2007. Since October 2006 Collins has been an 80-percent owned subsidiary of BNS Holding Inc.[2] The company has about 900 employees, in three manufacturing facilities.[2]

Collins was purchased by American Industrial Partners, an investment group. In 2010, AIP combined Collins with Fleetwood Enterprises. E-One, and Halcore Group to form Allied Specialty Vehicles.[3]

ProductsEdit

Collins sells its buses under the Collins Bus, Mid Bus, and Corbeil names, with minor design differences in each line. All models are available on Ford or GM cutaway chassis.

School BusesEdit

Collins Bus CorporationEdit

  • Bantam - Single rear wheel bus available in capacities of up to 20 passengers
  • Bantam 422 - Single rear wheel bus available in capacities of up to 20 passengers
  • Grand Bantam - Dual rear wheel bus available in capacities of up to 35 passengers
  • Super Bantam - Dual rear wheel bus available in capacities of up to 30 passengers
  • NexBus - Hybrid electric bus similar to the Grand Bantam and Super Bantam, utilizing a Ford E-450 chassis with technology from Azure Dynamics Corporation.[4]

Mid Bus CorporationEdit

  • Guide - Single rear wheel bus available in capacities of up to 20 passengers
  • Grand Guide - Dual rear wheel bus available in capacities of up to 35 passengers
  • Super Guide - Dual rear wheel bus available in capacities of up to 30 passengers

Corbeil Bus CorporationEdit

  • Quantum - Single rear wheel bus available in capacities of up to 20 passengers
  • Quantum 422 - Single rear wheel bus available in capacities of up to 20 passengers
  • Grand Quantum - Dual rear wheel bus available in capacities of up to 35 passengers
  • Super Quantum - Dual rear wheel bus available in capacities of up to 30 passengers

Commercial BusesEdit

World Trans, Inc.Edit

Ambulances and Specialty VehiclesEdit

Wheeled Coach IndustriesEdit

  • Custom Series- Type I and Type III models
  • FireMedic Series- Type I and Type III models
  • Medic Series- CitiMedic Plus and Crusader Plus models

Capacity of TexasEdit

Based in Longview, Texas, Capacity is the only U.S.-based manufacturer of terminal tractors. Originally known as "Trailer Jockey", Capacity was acquired by Collins in 1984[5]

Lay-MorEdit

References Edit

  1. Dinnell, Dave (November 6, 1998). "Collins opens $1.1 million facility", Wichita Business Journal. Retrieved on 2009-08-16. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Investor Relations". Collins Industries. Retrieved on 2009-08-16.
  3. http://www.americanindustrial.com/aboutaip/pressrel/newsdetail?id=12
  4. "Collins Hybrid". Collins Industries. Retrieved on 2009-08-16.
  5. http://www.capacitytexas.com/about.html# Corporate website with basic history.

External linksEdit



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