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Bus dealer expands to 'best' in region

January 23, 2014
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Bus dealer expands to 'best' in region
Blue Bird, founded in 1927, is a maker of school buses. Photo via fb.com

A bus maker says a dealer’s $1-million expansion has made it the best in the region.

Holland Bus Company picked up the title this month from Blue Bird buses in Fort Valley, Ga., after the dealer expanded its facility last year to accommodate significant growth in demand for Blue Bird buses and service.

The expansion will allow the dealership to serve more customers each day and ensure swift service for Michigan school districts.

School funding

“The school bus business is growing, because the schools are getting funded again,” said John Dykstra, Holland Bus Company owner.

Dykstra said that bus purchases had been deferred during the past few years because of a lack of funding, so now that funding is returning, the schools are in need of new buses to replace the older ones in their fleet.

The architect on the expansion was Earl Hemmeke, and the contractor was Hillcrest Construction.

Layout

The dealership now features more than 9,000 square feet of service space, including six new service bays dedicated to school buses, 8,000 square feet for body repairs, 5,000 square feet of parts inventory and 3,000 square feet dedicated to sales support.

Staffing

Dykstra said that three people have already been hired due to the expansion, and he plans to hire two more people this year.

Holland Bus Company employs six bus parts specialists, eight body and service technicians, two assistant service managers and a service director.

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