August 4, 2016
DATTCO Inc., the New Britain, Connecticut based multifaceted transportation operation, and ABC Companies recently celebrated DATTCO’s purchase of their 100th Van Hool motorcoach. The new TX45’s delivery was honored at the August International Motorcoach Group meeting in Norfolk.
Established in 1924, and now with the second and third generations of the DeVivo family involved in management, International Motorcoach Group (IMG) member DATTCO (www.dattco.com) is one of the Northeast’s largest and most respected passenger transportation companies. Serving three New England states with more than 2,200 employees, out of 27 locations, they operate comprehensive nationwide motorcoach charters and tours, as well as serving the region with line run, transit, commuter, and school bus service.
DATTCO’s Sales and Service Division is one of the nation’s largest IC Bus dealers. In addition, they sell and service Thermo King, four brands of mini-buses, as well as components like Braun wheelchair lifts. They also offer maintenance services and collision repair to other operators.
DATTCO has always been known for their willingness to buy diverse equipment to serve customer’s needs, and their current fleet includes Van Hool T925 Double Deck coaches, as well as CX45’s and TX45’s, but this 100th coach is unique. The new TX45 is configured with two passenger doors, a style rarely seen in North America, and seating for only 52 passengers, offers superior leg room. This configuration, with the lavatory at the rear door, below passenger eye level, coupled with Van Hool’s unique rear window gives a panoramic view for all the riders. In addition, a second door speeds up loading and unloading the coach and enhances safety.
Like all of DATTCO’s luxury fleet, the new TX45 is heavy on creature comfort and safety options. The Grande Lux passenger seats have leather inserts and trim, and the coach is equipped with WiFi, 110 volt and USB outlets, an REI Elite Entertainment system with cordless microphone and five video monitors, woodgrain flooring and magazine nets. The coach is equipped with Van Hool safety features including three point seatbelts, backup camera, lane departure warning, antilock brakes, Smartwave Tire Pressure Monitoring, Kidde Fire Suppression Systems, automatic stability control, daytime running lights, curbside lighting and adaptive static aiming lights.
Janos Bokor, Account Manager for ABC Companies, Van Hool’s exclusive North American distributor said “DATTCO’s customers are used to really nice coaches, but when they see this one they’re going to be amazed. Dennis Lyons, DATTCO Senior Director, spent a lot of time working with me to get this and the other coaches they’ve bought, right and the result is rewarding. All of us at ABC are grateful to be partners in DATTCO’s continued growth and success, as evidenced by the 14 coaches they purchased from us this year.”
Don DeVivo, DATTCO CEO said, “There’s a real connection between us and ABC. Part of it is the fact that we’re both third generation, family owned companies, but it goes deeper than that. They share our family values, and they understand the importance of customer service and long term relationships. ABC Executive Vice President Roman Cornell and I are contemporaries, which adds an element of fun to the relationship.”
ABC Companies is a leading provider to the transportation industry with diverse product and service offerings that cover a full spectrum of operational needs including new and pre-owned highway coach equipment. ABC supports customers with a comprehensive after sale service network for service and repairs, collision services, extensive OEM and quality aftermarket parts needs for transit, motorcoach and heavy-duty equipment from nine strategically placed locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, private and municipal financing and leasing options are available through the company’s financial services group – one of the largest financial service providers within the industry. For more information, contact ABC Companies at 800-222-2875 or visit the company web site at www.abc-companies.com.