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Trailways Welcomes Ark Encounter of Kentucky as New Travel & Leisure Partner

Fairfax, VA – Nov. 16, 2016  – Ark Encounter of Kentucky has joined the Trailways Travel & Leisure Partner program.

It is one of the first attractions to join the new division of the Affiliated Partner program offered by Trailways Transportation System.

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Programs Offered by Ark Encounter & the Creation Museum of Kentucky

The Ark Encounter is a one-of-a-kind, historically themed attraction.  It is situated in beautiful Williamstown, Kentucky, halfway between Cincinnati and Lexington on I-75.  It presents several historical events centered on Noah’s Ark as recorded in the Bible, including the animals that came two-by-two!

From the moment that you turn the corner and the towering Ark comes into view, to the friendly animals in the zoo, to the jaw-dropping exhibits inside the Ark, you’ll experience the pages of the Bible as you may have only imagined.

Ark Encounter features a full-size Noah’s Ark, built per the dimensions given in the Bible. Spanning 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high, this modern engineering marvel amazes visitors of all ages.

The attraction is ideal for bus tour groups.  Admission tickets are for both Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum (only 45 minutes from the Ark).  If you are bringing a motor coach, please request reservations.  Email: Eddie Lutz, Sales & Promotions Representative elutz@arkencounter.com

Plan your trip: https://arkencounter.com/tickets/

Telephone: 888-582-4253 ext.377

All tickets and parking passes are non-refundable. All Ark tickets expire one year from the date of purchase.  Ticket prices do not include tax.

Plan Your Visit to the Ark Encounter – Combo Ticket – 2016

  • 1-day pass to Ark Encounter & 2-day pass to Creation Museum (only 45 minutes from the Ark).
  • Ticket prices are the same for individuals as well as for groups of all sizes.
  • Includes re-entry for ticket period.  Bus or auto parking pass are required* and are an additional $15 for buses, for 2 days, for both attractions, or $10 for autos. All tickets and parking passes may be purchased online.  Groups must take shuttle buses from the parking lot to/from the Ark.
  • Adult: $60
  • Senior: $45
  • Child: $34
  • Children (under age 5) – Free

*Includes admission to both Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum

The public entrance is just west of the intersection of KY-36 and I-75 (at exit 154) Hours are 9am – 6pm except Sundays, Noon – 6 pm.

The Ark Encounter restaurant and snack stands feature a variety of delicious food offerings, including options for dietary needs.

 

Alternate Contact – Nancy Bloss, Sales Manager – Ark Encounter / Creation Museum

Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 510, Hebron, KY 41048 Plan your trip:

https://arkencounter.com/tickets/

 

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Duty Free Americas Joins Trailways Affiliated Partner Program

Special Announcement

Fairfax, VA – October 13, 2016

Duty Free Americas has joined the Trailways Affiliated Partner program.  The Duty Free Americas stores provide a way for bus groups and individual bus travelers to “Stop, Shop & Save” before visiting Canada or Mexico. 

Customers receive superb savings on sprits, wine and beer, tobacco, designer fragrances, cosmetics and much more.

Duty Free Americas stores are located at all the major border crossings going into Canada and Mexico.

In addition, currency exchange, ATMs, and restrooms are available.

Description: Your bus group can “Stop, Shop & Save” at the Duty Free Americas before visiting Canada or Mexico. Your group can receive superb savings on sprits, wine and beer, tobacco, designer fragrances, cosmetics & so much more.  Stores are located at all the major border crossings going into Canada and Mexico. Currency exchange, ATM, and restrooms are available. Duty Free America stores are located in the U.S. state border crossings into Canada, from Maine to Washington.  In addition, stores are located in U.S. states with border  crossings into Mexico (call Ueta). Advance notice of bus group visits is “helpful but not required, in order to have extra staff on duty,” Tourism Marketing Manager Harry Wade advised. 

Duty Free Americas

Harry Wade, Tourism Marketing Manager

200 Industrial Drive

Grand Island, NY  14072

Phone:  716-903-7717

Email:  hwade@dutyfreeamericas.com

Website: www.dutyfreeamericas.com

 

 

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Cool Offer from the Cooley Group

Our Affiliate Partners at The Cooley Group can assist you with Employee Recognition Gifts, End of Year Gifts and Customer Holiday Gifts. 

Please see our special promotional flyer with a Trailways Discount and give Karie or Jeana a call to order today! 

The Cooley Group are industry leaders and are ready to help with all of your branding needs. 

PRINT THE FLYER

Thank you!

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Jeana Nicotera

Brand Consultant   cooleybrand.com

Cooley Group, Inc. 

New York Mills, NY 13417

OFFICE  315.732.3725.

DIRECT  315.285.4247

 

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RLI Transportation Insurance Joins Trailways Affiliated Partner Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fairfax, VA – August 22, 2016 – RLI Transportation Insurance has become an affiliated partner of Trailways Transportation System, Inc., announced Ron Moore, Chairman of Trailways.

“With its excellent reputation in underwriting for niche insurance markets in the passenger transportation industry, RLI Transportation Insurance offers peace of mind for our Trailways operators, who are concerned with protecting their investment in equipment and personnel while ensuring safe travel for their passengers,” he said.

A division of RLI Insurance Company since 1997, RLI Transportation Insurance specializes in insuring vehicle fleets for charter-and-tour operators, municipal transit authorities, school districts, school bus contractors and limousine services. In addition to public transportation providers, it offers coverage for truckers and commercial specialty auto companies. It has centralized operations in Atlanta, GA.

“Our customized approach allows us to develop coverages that meet very specific needs,” said Tim Hathy, Vice President – Public Transportation for RLI Transportation Insurance.

The company’s coverages include:

  • Primary auto liability
  • General liability
  • Hired and non-owned auto liability
  • Garage liability and garage keepers legal liability
  • Physical damage
  • No-fault/personal injury protection (PIP)/Medical Payments (MedPay)/ uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM-UIM)
  • Excess liability

“Our underwriters are experts at handling public transportation risks and designing financing alternatives to fit our insureds’ budget requirements, including deductibles and self-insured retentions. We also serve as a third-party administrator for self-insured operations,” Hathy said.

“Whether your needs are superior claims service or timely processing of financial responsibility filings, our staff’s attentiveness to your needs shows that we look after your business…because your business is our business,” he added.

In partnership with Professional Safety Consulting (PSC), RLI Transportation Insurance also provides its clients with access to safety and driver education resources, including Web-based training, updates and materials such as online transportation safety and compliance manuals.

RLI Corporation, headquartered in Peoria, IL, is the parent corporation of RLI Insurance Company (including the RLI Transportation Insurance division), Mt. Hawley Insurance Company, and Contractors Bonding and Insurance Company. All three subsidiaries are rated A+ “Superior” by A.M. Best and A+ “Strong” by Standard & Poor’s.

“The A.M. Best A+ rating is a distinction held by fewer than 10 percent of property and casualty insurance companies in the U.S.,” Hathy noted. “Our proven financial strength ensures that we are here to fulfill our promises.”

Founded in 1961, initially as an insurer of contact lenses, RLI today offers a diversified portfolio of property and casualty insurance coverages and surety bonds in niche and underserved markets. These include numerous subcategories of business and personal insurance, including executive liability, professional services, construction, marine and reinsurance.

RLI does not sell business insurance directly to policyholders. Its products are available through retail agents and brokers.

Contact: Tim Hathy, CPCU, Vice President – Public Transportation

RLI Transportation Insurance

Address: 2970 Clairmont Road NE

Park Central, Suite 1000

Atlanta, GA 30329

Telephone: 404-443-1009 Toll-free: 888-754-4221

Fax: 309-589-3484

E-mail: tim.hathy@rlicorp.com

Website: www.rlicorp.com

Trailways Transportation System, Inc. (Trailways®), founded in 1936, is composed of 65 independently owned or managed bus and motorcoach companies based throughout North America and parts of Europe. Each company adheres to the highest safety standards as required by the United States Department of Defense (DOD) or its country’s equivalent. Trailways drivers operate a wide variety of more than 10,000 passenger transportation vehicles.

Through the more than 100 companies in its Affiliated Partners Program, Trailways maintains a close working relationship with industry-related suppliers and vendors, as well as other tour and travel service entities. Affiliated Partners are listed on the Trailways portal http://www.teamtrailways.com.  703-691-3052.

 

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Paradigm Benefits Joins Trailways’ Affiliated Partner Program

 

Paradigm Benefits helps create a work culture of total health

 

Fairfax, VA – Aug. 1, 2016 – Paradigm Benefits (aka HR Benefit Advisors, Ltd.), an independent, employee benefit advisory firm based in Rochester, NY, has become an affiliated partner of Trailways Transportation System, Inc.

Its 16-member team of associates serves clients in transportation and many other industries, not only in New York State but also across the United States.

Paradigm Benefits is able to bring Fortune 500 solutions to small and midsize employer groups.

Paradigm Benefits experts start with an in-depth understanding of each client’s employee benefits needs, goals and challenges. Then they either assess the client’s existing benefits program or develop a custom benefits program for the client.

As a full-service firm, Paradigm Benefits has a wide range of capabilities:

  • Financial analytics and benchmarking – actuarial analysis; financial dashboards and projections; plan analysis; predictive modeling for plan modifications and self-funded health plans; medical stop loss evaluation; benchmarking reports comparing utilization of health care services and prescription drugs, plan designs, premiums, employee contributions and cost trends by industry, geography and employee population size
  • Benefit plan management – from online enrollment and renewal to claims and underwriting advocacy to a one-stop call center for employee inquiries and problem resolution
  • Health and lifestyle management – from wellness programs to telemedicine, on-site clinics and health fair incentives
  • Employee communication and education – a total employee communication platform that lets employees get the information they need about their workplace benefits online, by phone and via printed materials custom designed by the Paradigm Benefits graphics team
  • Employee engagement activities – from personality profiling, custom surveys and assessments to reward-and-incentive program development
  • Compliance monitoring to avoid penalties – from claims audits to labor law consulting, plus newsletters, webinars, alerts and an online human resources portal to keep clients informed about current compliance requirements
  • Retirement and financial security planning – from group retirement plans to executive benefits, financial planning and investment consulting

 

In addition, the Paradigm Benefits team has the expertise to help clients make decisions such as:

  • Is it feasible for our company to self-fund our benefit claims?
  • How can we manage our entire benefits program proactively and identify emerging trends? (Paradigm Benefits produces a consolidated financial summary of the client’s benefit plan enrollment, gross costs, benefits paid, expenses and net costs.)
  • Which carriers should we consider for our employee benefits? (Paradigm Benefits researches potential carriers and prepares requests for proposals.)
  • Which Web-based, employee benefits enrollment and management system (HRIS system) will save us the most administrative time and money while giving us convenient access to all the data we need?
  • How can we incorporate a wellness program, population health management and disease management into our employee benefits program to keep our employees healthy, to reduce our risks and to control our company’s health-care costs?
  • Which retiree medical plan options would enable us to reduce our liabilities?
  • How do our 401(k) plan fees compare with market norms?
  • What do we need to know about COBRA, HIPAA, DOL and ERISA compliance; about GINA, CHIP, IRC Section 125 cafeteria plans, Medicare Part D?
  • How does the Affordable Care Act impact our company?

Founded by principals Michael Colao and Gary Mink as HR Benefit Advisors in 1993, Paradigm Benefits has an office in Utica, NY, in addition to its Rochester headquarters.

According to Paradigm Benefits Principal and Team Leader Gary Mink, “In essence, our firm partners with employers in creating a culture of total health, which includes health-care cost containment, performance-based wellness, employee communication and engagement.”

Paradigm Benefits gains leverage in the marketplace as a charter member partner firm of United Benefit Advisors® (UBA®). The UBA® alliance comprises more than 2,000 professionals in 140-plus independent, benefit advisory firms in North America and the United Kingdom. The combined financial resources of UBA® firms enable them to obtain competitive rates, superior technology tools, plus enhanced products and services.

“Taking care of employees is just as vital as taking care of the vehicles in the Trailways fleet,” said Ron Moore, Trailways Chairman.

“Employee benefits play an important role in recruiting, retaining, rewarding and gaining peak performance from the thousands of employees working for Trailways stockholder companies. We’re pleased to welcome Paradigm Benefits as an affiliated partner that can help our Trailways companies to navigate the complexities of employee benefits program design, administration and regulatory compliance,” he said.

“Our focus is to serve employers ranging in size from a few hundred to several thousand employees,” explained Gail Manfredo, Paradigm Benefits Vice President-Sales and Marketing. “We analyze, solve problems and proactively manage our clients’ employee benefit programs.”

Manfredo added, “We exist to make the lives of our clients easier by removing the headaches associated with administering their employee benefits programs.” Through its “Benefit Sync” model, Paradigm Benefits consolidates enrollment and billing services, delivering all charges from multiple carriers on a single bill. Benefit Sync also includes an Employee Service Center hotline. Credentialed hotline staffers such as registered health underwriters and certified employee benefit specialists answer employee questions, resolve problems and report results to the client.

“An important characteristic that we share with Trailways is our independence,” Manfredo said. “As an independent firm, we place serving our clients’ best interests as our highest priority. It is our policy not to accept contingency commissions that would compromise objectivity.”

 

Trailways Transportation System, Inc. (Trailways®), founded in 1936, is composed of 65 independently owned or managed bus and motorcoach companies based throughout North America and parts of Europe. Each company adheres to the highest safety standards as required by the United States Department of Defense (DOD) or its country’s equivalent. Trailways drivers operate a wide variety of more than 12,000 passenger transportation vehicles.

Through the more than 100 companies in its Affiliated Partners Program, Trailways maintains a close working relationship with industry-related suppliers and vendors, as well as other tour and travel service entities. Affiliated Partners are listed on the Trailways portal http://www.teamtrailways.com.

Contact: Gail Manfredo, Vice President – Sales & Marketing Paradigm Benefits

E-mail: gmanfredo@paradigmcibenefits.com

Address: 133 Business Park Drive, Utica, NY 13502

Telephone: 315-797-8400, Extension 223 or Toll-free: 888-797-8404

Website: www.paradigmbc.com

Fax: 315-797-8403

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Branding experts Cooley Group join Trailways’ Affiliated Partner Program

Cooley Group, Inc., joins Trailways as ‘brand new’ affiliated partner

Fairfax, VA – May 6, 2016 – The Cooley Group, Inc., a company specializing in building brand awareness and managing brands via printed materials, promotional products and branded apparel, has joined Trailways Transportation System, Inc., as an affiliated partner.

“One of Trailways’ most valuable assets is its 80-year-old, well-recognized and well-regarded brand name,” said Ron Moore, Trailways Chairman. “Because we understand the importance of brand management, it’s fitting that we welcome to Team Trailways the Cooley Group, which has more than 70 years of experience building and enhancing its clients’ brands.”

Founded in 1945 by Clarence “Scoop” Cooley, the company initially focused on independent business forms distribution. Today it has five locations in New York State (in the vicinities of Albany, Hudson Valley, Rochester, Syracuse and Utica), serves clients globally and ranks among the top 25 print distributorships in the United States, according to the Print Services & Distribution Association.

“Building a brand takes vision, passion and, most importantly, discipline – the discipline never to waiver from your brand’s DNA and what your message to the world will be. We at Cooley can help you to define your brand or to redefine your brand identity,” said Jeana Nicotera, a Cooley Group board member and brand consultant who has spoken nationally as a brand expert. “First, we work with you to understand your brand; and only then do we recommend appropriate solutions.”

“Our position as one of the top 25 distributorships allows us to offer our clients the most competitive prices and selections anywhere for branded products,” said Karie Ballway, another Cooley Group board member and brand consultant.

“We offer printing solutions for every type of printing for any size business,” Ballway said. “Our print-on-demand programs eliminate waste while saving warehouse space. We also can print and store high-volume items in our own warehouses, then drop ship to any client’s address within 24 to 72 hours. We offer online ordering as well.”

A sampling of the Cooley Group’s production capabilities includes:

  • business forms and checks
  • labels
  • stationery
  • direct mail
  • bar coding
  • software compatible forms
  • variable imaging
  • presentation folders
  • tags
  • plastic cards

“In the area of specialty printing, with Cooley there are no limits,” Ballway said. “We provide both stock and custom solutions for our clients’ special projects.”

Specialty printing includes projects such as:

  • special die cutting
  • vehicle wraps
  • signage
  • packaging
  • boxes
  • banners
  • display units
  • table covers
  • event tents
  • corrugated products
  • mailing and marketing materials

In addition to its comprehensive printing capabilities, the Cooley Group offers a promotional product line of thousands of items.

“Promotional products outlast almost any type of advertising and have the ability of staying visible to customers for years to come. They also have a higher perceived value,” Nicotera said. “The key is to choose an item that matches your business and your client’s business and goals. I constantly monitor the most current and innovative products within our industry and strategize effective business solutions for my clients.”

A sampling of promotional products offered by the Cooley Group includes:

  • corporate gifts
  • employee recognition awards
  • golf tournament prizes
  • trade show giveaways
  • office accessories
  • computer and technology products
  • travel and auto equipment
  • tools
  • housewares
  • health and safety products
  • drinkware
  • bags
  • magnets

To provide yet another means of promoting clients’ brands, the Cooley Group also sells branded corporate apparel in a variety of woven and knitted fabrics, including organic, sustainable, renewable and recycled fibers.

Apparel products offered by the Cooley Group include:

  • T-shirts
  • sweatshirts
  • slacks
  • high-end leather jackets
  • workwear
  • outerwear
  • team gear
  • bags
  • hats and caps

“We look forward to helping Trailways motorcoach companies and our fellow affiliated partners proudly promote the Trailways brand,” said Nicotera.

Contact: Jeana Nicotera, Brand Consultant                             Contact: Karie Ballway, Brand Consultant, Cooley Group, Inc.                                                                       Cooley Group, Inc.

Telephone: 315-285-4247                                                           Telephone: 315-254-2142

Fax: 315-732-0180                                                                       Fax: 315-432-5405

E-mail: jnicotera@cooleybrand.com                             E-mail: kballway@cooleybrand.com

Toll-Free: 800-367-6716

Website: www.cooleybrand.com

About Team Trailways

The Trailways Transportation System, Inc. (Trailways), founded in 1936, is comprised of 66 independently owned/operated motorcoach companies based throughout North America and Europe. Each company adheres to the highest safety standards as required by the United States Department of Defense (DOD) or its country’s equivalent. Visit the Trailways website at www.trailways.com and www.teamtrailways.com 

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Trailways Fairfax, VA 22030 703-691-3052 – Voice / 703-691-9047 – Fax

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Amador Trailways Selects Betterez to Improve Customer Experience & Increase Top-line Revenue

May 4, 2016 – Toronto, Ontario and Reno, NV: Betterez Inc., a Reservations & Ticketing Management (RTM) technology provider, announced today Amador Trailways, has gone live with the Betterez Motorcoach technology product suite as part of the company’s efforts to improve Customer Experience across their sales channels.

“Trailways is a storied motorcoach brand and organization; Betterez became an Affiliate Partner of Trailways in 2015, and we’re pleased to have Amador Trailways using the Betterez Motorcoach Platform for their South Tahoe Airport product,” said Tal Shalit, CEO of Betterez.  “Immediately, Amador has improved their Customer Experience and conversion rate of booking a reservation, by utilizing Betterez’ streamlined and mobile responsive online booking flow.  In addition, Betterez will allow Amador to operate more efficiently by dynamically changing schedules, routes, capacity, and pricing logic, all through its intuitive and powerful operator self service capability.”

“We initially approached Betterez based on a recommendation from another bus company with a similar Airport shuttle run to ours, after expressing our desire for a better online booking flow,” said Lisa Allen, Manager Amador Trailways.  “After seeing the additional back office operations, finance, and reporting capabilities, we selected Betterez due to their ease of use and flexibility across all back office and customer requirements for our Airport run.  We’re looking forward to the improvements we’ll see from the Betterez system and to expanding use across other Amador Trailways products.”

To view the Betterez fast, modern booking flow see more at: South Tahoe

About Betterez: Betterez, founded in 2011 is a next generation Reservations & Ticketing Management (RTM) technology company focused on helping Motorcoach Operators grow their businesses, and run operations and finance more efficiently.  In Motorcoach Betterez supports Long-haul Line Runs, Regional Commuters, Airport Shuttles, College Shuttles, Corporate Contracts, Casino Runs, and Scheduled Tours www.betterez.com

Mike Van Horn – Betterez +1.858.366.3733 mvh@betterez.com

Trailways – Fairfax, VA 22030 – 703-691-3052 www.trailways.com

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Tech Security Leader Fortress Systems Joins Trailways Affiliated Partner Program

Brings Tech Expertise in Safety, Security as Trailways Affiliated Partner

Fairfax, VA – April 26, 2016—Fortress Systems International (FSI), Inc., a company providing information technology services and solutions to improve safety and security in the transportation industry, has joined the Trailways Transportation System, Inc. (Trailways), as an affiliated partner.  “FSI designs, develops and distributes mobile surveillance solutions that are affordable, easy to use and scalable, in addition to surveillance systems for buildings and residences,” said Frank Bowden, FSI Vice President of Sales.

“Our mobile video security solutions are designed to improve safety and security; to reduce vandalism, liability and litigation due to false claims; to improve response and reaction time to passenger incidents; and for real-time, live monitoring of passengers.

Surebus - Eagle 3Fortress SystemsFSI also offers the SureBus fleet management solution to increase operational efficiency and accountability. Cloud-based on the World Wide Web, SureBus is designed to integrate with a customer’s entire business, from logistics and maintenance to payroll and dispatch. It provides data helpful in reviewing actual performance against safety benchmarks and charting progress.

SureBus includes GPS fleet tracking; real-time monitoring of passengers, drivers and fleet assets; instant notification of key events such as unauthorized vehicle activity; and reports on fleet performance from as few as two to as many as 10,000 vehicles. From anywhere with an Internet connection, a fleet manager can use SureBus for making scheduling decisions such as adding drivers or setting routes.

The SureBus communication features enable the sending of bulk notifications and messages to dispatchers and drivers. These features also allow passengers and designated others – such as parents waiting to pick up their children at a school bus stop – to track a vehicle in real time via a mobile device.

FSI serves the motorcoach, school bus, public transit, paratransit, taxi/limousine, first responder, trucking and law-enforcement markets. Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, the company also has an office in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, for its programmers, research and development staff. 

“Fortress Systems has a history of working with small entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions and local and state government agencies, including hundreds of school systems throughout the country,” said Trailways’ Chairman, Ron Moore in welcoming FSI to Team Trailways.

“Our solutions range from a single-camera package with digital recorder to a complete, four-camera setup allowing real-time, live-streaming video with audio, GPS [global positioning system], sensor data and digital recorder. We offer the most scalable mobile surveillance solution in the market.”

To enhance student safety, Fortress Mobile offers an ultra-high-definition, stop arm camera system for school buses. Its 1080-pixel/720-pixel imaging can capture key evidence to identify an offending motorist violating the stop arm.

Information captured by the video and audio recordings, GPS and sensory data in FSI’s surveillance systems can be retrieved, viewed, saved and shared, via Wi-Fi or cellular technology, as either still images or video clips. The system includes a “facial masking” capability to protect the privacy of passengers.

FSI staffers provide service and support for the company’s mobile IT solutions. “We’re a leader in engineering, systems implementation and systems integration as it relates to surveillance and secure mobile wireless communications,” said Bowden. “Our personnel have extensive experience in the wireless transmission of video data and the storage and archiving of digital video data.”

For some of the products in its IT solutions, FSI partners with other technology companies. It is a Microsoft Gold Member, HP Business Partner and Warranty Center, Lexmark Warranty Provider, Brother Repair Center, Milestone Business Partner, Ingram Micro Service Provider, Sharp Partner and Intel Premiere Provider.

“We leverage the best-of-breed network technologies, products, practices and core disciplines,” Bowden said. “FSI is pleased to become an affiliated partner of Trailways.”

Contact:  Frank Bowden, Vice President of Sales, Fortress Systems International

3801 Rose Lake Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217

Telephone: 704-405-5000, Extension 1230

Fax: 704-927-6058

E-mail: FBowden@fsiinc.com

Website: www.fsiinc.com

 

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Safety Experts Doran Manufacturing joins Trailways Affiliated Partner Program

Producer of Transportation Safety Products

Fairfax, VA – April 22, 2016 – Doran Manufacturing, LLC, of Cincinnati, OH, a producer of transportation safety products has become an affiliated partner of Trailways Transportation System, Inc. (Trailways).  Doran manufactures LED safety lights for transportation fleets, including tail lights, flashing lights, brake lights, clearance lights, turn lights, stop/tail/turn lights and school bus stop arm light kits.  Doran’s other products* include light monitors that work even in total darkness, allowing passengers to see points of exit during emergency evacuations. They range from reflective lettering on signage to illuminating adhesive tape for buses and apparel.

#3602 (10)_1Doran also produces tire pressure monitoring systems. The Doran 360™ TPMS uses a valve-stem-mounted sensor to transmit tire pressures and temperatures wirelessly to a monitor/display for the driver to see current data and to be notified of low pressure or high temperature alerts. In addition, the Doran 360™ TPMS has the capability of transmitting direct-pressure data in real time to third-party software and mobile communications devices.  The systems are designed for simple programming and installation.

“Nothing is more important to Trailways than the safety of our passengers,” said Ron Moore, Trailways’ Chairman. “Welcoming Doran as an affiliated partner reinforces our commitment to keeping safety first and foremost.”

safetytrax map and s_1Founded in 1953, Doran started as a manufacturer of electrical interconnection devices. Equipped with an in-house engineering staff and tool-and-die shop, the company still produces electrical and electronic interconnectors and related products for original equipment manufacturers. Among these are off-the-shelf, semi-custom and custom terminal boards and blocks.

In the early 1970s, Doran turned its focus to vehicle safety products, introducing safety light monitors for the school bus market. The exterior light monitors help to prevent accidents by alerting bus drivers to malfunctioning LED and incandescent vehicle lights, due to problems such as loose wiring, cut connectors and blown fuses.

Doran 360HD10 monitor_1School districts and school bus manufacturers have made Doran their number one choice for transportation safety products for many years, according to Doran sales representative Tim Mullen. Doran’s emergency exit monitor sounds a buzzer and turns on an indicator light if an emergency door, window or hatch is violated. The Sleeping Child Check® monitor helps to ensure that the driver won’t leave any children on board at the end of a route; it forces the driver to walk past every passenger seat to the rear of the bus to deactivate it.

*LumAware Advanced Photoluminescent Technology (APT) illuminating safety products.

Doran’s Website at www.doranmfg.com includes an online store for ordering its products.

Contact:  Tim Mullen, Sales Representative, Doran Manufacturing, LLC

2851 Massachusetts Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45225

Telephone: 513-354-3418/ Toll-Free: 866-816-7233

E-mail: mullen_tim@doranmfg.com

Website: www.doranmfg.com

 

 

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Trailways Welcomes New Affiliated Partner INA Bus Sales-Irizar motorcoaches

Trailways affiliated partner INA Bus Sales brings Irizar motorcoaches to U.S. market

Fairfax, VA – April 8, 2016 – INA Bus Sales, LLC, the exclusive distributor for sales and aftersales support of Irizar motorcoach products in the U.S. market, has become an affiliated partner of Trailways Transportation System, Inc.

“Irizar motorcoaches are renowned for their high quality, luxury and unique styling. Our new affiliated partner INA Bus Sales is introducing an exciting addition to the American passenger transportation scene,” said Diane Walden, Vice President-Sales for Trailways.

“With Irizar coaches, we can offer Trailways motorcoach operators an attractive way to combine a reliable, safe and profitable product with a service capable of responding to any need,” said Michael P. Haggerty, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of INA Bus Sales. “Irizar arrives in the U.S. with a strategy to work closely with operators, providing them with the best products and services tailored to their needs and to position itself as a premium brand in the coach market.”

Headquartered in Spain, where its main factory is located, Irizar also has manufacturing plants in Morocco, Brazil, China, Mexico, India and South Africa, plus a commercial presence in more than 90 countries. It has the largest market share among coach makers in Spain and the second-largest share in Europe. In business for 127 years, Irizar entered the U.S. market barely a year ago as part of the organization’s global diversification strategy.

INA Bus Sales is featuring the 45-foot-long, integral Irizar i6 model, a versatile, commuter and touring coach suitable for school, charter, motorcoach and mining transportation. The two versions of the i6 available in North America come in vehicle heights of 12.23 and 12.89 feet. Both can accommodate 56 passengers. With its Cummins engine and 6-speed, Allison B500 automatic transmission, the i6 complies with all U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) regulations and EPA 13 emissions requirements.

“With the i6, Irizar’s aim is to be best in class in fuel economy in the luxury coach sector,” Haggerty said. “Irizar also has worked on reducing repair and maintenance costs and has made great strides in reducing the cost of serviceable parts and coachwork. It can supply the required parts to any location around the world in minimal time.”

The i6 is the only Irizar coach specially adapted to the U.S. market so far. Built entirely in the European Union, it is highly customizable with optional features such as wheelchair lift; Wi-Fi; iPod connection; fleet management, navigation and surveillance systems.

Irizar’s global product line also includes:

  • i8, a top-class, luxury, large touring coach that this year replaces its flagship Irizar pb coach for long-distance routes;
  • i4 for urban and intercity operations;
  • i3 for intercity short distances;
  • i31e, an electric vehicle for short-distance routes;
  • i2e, a zero-emission, fully electric, city bus; and
  • Century, Irizar’s venerable coach with decades of experience on the road.

Irizar has gained a reputation as a leader in manufacturing electric buses and coaches. According to Bloomberg.com, its Creatio Research and Development Centre in Spain concentrates on the fields of propulsion, electric vehicles, intelligent transport solutions, power generation and storage, plus vehicle charging stations. In March 2016, Irizar announced plans to build an electric bus factory in Aduna, Spain.

Trailways Transportation System, Inc. (Trailways), consists of approximately 65 independently owned and operated motorcoach companies in North America and Europe. Each company adheres to the highest safety standards required by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) or its country’s equivalent. Drivers within the Trailways system operate a wide variety of more than 12,000 passenger transportation vehicles.

Through its Affiliated Partners Program, Trailways maintains a close working relationship with industry-related supplier and vendor companies, as well as other tour and travel service entities, to ensure that its group of motorcoach companies receives the latest and most effective technology, information, services and products needed to maintain superior delivery of safe, comfortable, reliable passenger service. Affiliated Partners are listed on the Trailways portal http://www.teamtrailways.com.

Contact: Michael P. Haggerty, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, INA Bus Sales, LLC

Address: 5410 Cameron Street, Suite 101, Las Vegas, NV 89118

Telephone: 702-431-0707

E-mail: mike@inabussales.com

Website: www.irizar.com/usa

Print Press Release: twaysirizarinabussalesaffiliatedpartnernewsreeleaseapr2016

 

 

 

 

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