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NEWS: DATTCO’s Director of Technical Support Named National NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year

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DATTCO’s Director of Technical Support Named National NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year

New Britain, CT, April 10, 2018:DATTCO, one of Connecticut’s largest passenger transportation companies, is pleased to announce Ronald King, Director of Technical Support, was named the National NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year during NAPA’s annual award ceremony in Dallas, Texas. The Technician of the Year award, first presented in 1982, honors an outstanding individual who has risen to the top of the profession in the NAPA AutoCare system. King was Connecticut’s Tech of the Year in 2016 and 2017, but this National recognition distinguishes him as the country’s best NAPA/ASE tech.

“I’m honored that NAPA believes in me and my industry achievements to select me for this award,” said King. “NAPA is a dynamic, forward thinking company, and the advancements they’ve made over the years have helped me be more effective and efficient in my work. I look forward to seeing the next innovations they’ll make in automotive technology and the opportunities they will afford mechanics everywhere.

According to NAPA’s website, the Technician of the Year Award is the “ultimate way to be honored for your hard work.” Honorees are chosen based on specific criteria, including technical skills, business practices, commitment to the industry, dedication to training, and participation in community activities.

King has fine-tuned his craft over his life time; he learned about automotive and diesel mechanics and repair at a young age by working at the family gas station. He has worked for the bus industry for more than 35 years. The self-proclaimed “go-to tech at DATTCO” holds master certifications in school bus, truck, and automotive repair, as well as advanced certifications in gas and diesel repair by the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) organization. He is also a Navistar Diamond Technician, State of Connecticut certified Emissions Repair Technician (in bus, truck and car), among others.

During his tenure at DATTCO, King developed and managed the rebuild department, which specializes in repair to transmissions, starters, alternators, electric motors, engines and air conditioning systems. He went on to develop, and still oversees, the DTEC (DATTCO Technical Education Center) Technician Apprenticeship Program – his proudest achievement of his career at DATTCO. This five-year program puts apprentices through over 2,000 hours of mechanical training and certification, and gives them job placement within DATTCO where they receive ongoing guidance during the beginning of their careers.

King gives back to the community by volunteering his time as a land-use educator with Tread Lightly!â, and by participating in charity motorcycle rides. He serves as Chair of Connecticut Operators of School Bus Transportation Association’s (COSTA’s) maintenance committee, is the Co-Mechanical Director of the Automotive Service Association’s (ASA) Connecticut chapter, and is a past member of the Berlin Lions Club.

“The DATTCO family congratulates Ron on this well-deserved recognition,” said Don DeVivo, President of DATTCO. “We are lucky to have someone with his expertise overseeing our Technical Support department, and training the next generation of technicians through our DTEC program.”

NEWS: April 12th, High School Baseball Triple Header Series at Dunkin Donuts Park to Benefit CT Cancer Foundation

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High School Baseball Triple Header Series at Dunkin Donuts Park to Benefit CT Cancer Foundation

Event Scheduled for April 12th, 2018

New Britain, CT, April 3, 2018:On April 12th, 2018, DATTCO, Inc. will host a high school baseball tripleheader series at the Hartford Yard Goats’ stadium, Dunkin Donuts Park. Six Connecticut high school teams will face off in an exclusive chance to play in a pro ballpark, with all the pro amenities. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit cancer patients living in Connecticut, and receiving assistance from Connecticut Cancer Foundation (CCF).

“DATTCO is pleased to provide teams with this unique opportunity, but the impact of this year’s event goes beyond the stadium walls because of our partnership with Connecticut Cancer Foundation,” said Kyle DeVivo, DATTCO’s Director of Employee Relations. “DATTCO is dedicated to investing in the communities we serve through support of events and charities. We hope this event has a great impact not only on the players but the Connecticut Cancer Foundation’s recipients as well.”

DATTCO, headquartered in New Britain, CT, is a Yard Goats sponsor, and one of Connecticut’s largest school transportation providers. 2018 marks the second year DATTCO has sponsored this event.

The Connecticut Cancer Foundation’s mission is to assist Connecticut cancer patients and their families financially and to fund cancer research. Since its inception in 1987, CCF has provided financial assistance to Connecticut families stricken with cancer for basic living needs such as rent, mortgage, utilities, medical co-pays, food, medications, and more. Patients are referred and evaluated for qualification by oncology social workers from Connecticut hospitals, cancer treatment centers, and hospices.

Game day schedule is as follows:

  • Game 1at 3:00 pm – Hopkins School vs. Kingswood-Oxford
  • Game 2 at 5:15 pm – Choate Rosemary Hall vs. Hotchkiss School
  • Game 3 at 7:30 pm – East Catholic vs. Northwest Catholic

Tickets can be purchased online or the day of the event for $5.00, which includes admission to all three games. All proceeds will be donated to CCF.

Ticket Link:https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/BuyClear.asp?EventID=257977&continue=buynew.asp#.Wrv8Cy7waUk

If you cannot attend the game but wish to donate to CCF, please visit their website,www.connecticutcancerfoundation.org.

IN THE NEWS: Don DeVivo, Incoming chairman brings a diversified viewpoint to ABA priorities

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Don DeVivo, Incoming chairman brings a diversified viewpoint to ABA priorities

Destinations, March/April 2018

Evolution, not revolution. That might be Don DeVivo’s motto as he assumes the three-year chairmanship of ABA’s Board of Directors. “ABA has been on the rise for the past several years,” says DeVivo, 55, president and owner of ABA member DATTCO in New Britain, Conn. “I want to continue that momentum. Our industry is going to face incredible change – more change than we’ve seen in the past 30 years in terms of technology, not to mention the impact of millennials on travel.”

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IN THE NEWS: Don DeVivo, Incoming Chairman drinks diversified viewpoint to ABA priorities

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Don DeVivo, Incoming Chairman drinks diversified viewpoint to ABA priorities
Destination’s Magazine, March/April 2018

Evolution, not revolution. That might be Don DeVivo’s motto as he assumes the three-year chairmanship of ABA’s Board of Directors. “ABA has been on the rise for the past several years,” says DeVivo, 55, president and owner of ABA member DATTCO in New Britain, Conn. “I want to continue that momentum. Our industry in the next few years is going to face an incredible change – more change that we’ve seen in the past 30 years in terms of technology, not to mention the impact of millennials on travel.”

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IN THE NEWS: Ron King 2018 NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year

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Ron King 2018 NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year

NAPA Insight, Q1 2018

“Mr. Ron King of DATTCO Sales & Service, a NAPA Truck Service Center in New Britain, Connecticut is the 2018 NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year,” NAPA AUTO PARTS President Dan Askey announced recently. The Technician of the Year award, first presented in 1982, honors an outstanding individual who has risen to the top of the profession in the NAPA AutoCare system. 

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IN THE NEWS: DATTCO receives safety award from International Motorcoach Group

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DATTCO receives safety award from International Motorcoach Group

Metro.com, February 16, 2018

New Britain, Conn.-based passenger transportation company, DATTCO Inc., has received the prestigious International Motorcoach Group’s (IMG) Safety Award. The annual IMG Safety Award is presented to the company who has demonstrated the highest level of safety throughout their organization. 

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DATTCO Receives Prestigious Safety Award from International Motorcoach Group

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DATTCO Receives Prestigious Safety Award from International Motorcoach Group

New Britain, CT, February 13, 2018: DATTCO, Inc., one of Connecticut’s largest passenger transportation companies, is pleased to announce it has received the prestigious International Motorcoach Group’s (IMG) Safety Award. The annual IMG Safety Award is presented to the company who has demonstrated the highest level of safety throughout their organization. 

Nominees for the Safety Award are chosen by IMG shareholders, based on a thorough review of DOT, Insurance and FMCSA records. Winners not only meet maximum Federal, State, and Local regulations, but go above and beyond implementing company safety measures that ensure their employees and customers experience the safest work and transportation conditions possible.

“We are proud to have received the IMG Safety Award. DATTCO has an uncompromising commitment to high standards when it comes to motorcoach safety, maintenance, customer service, driver training, equipment, operations and on-road support,” said Donald DeVivo, President of DATTCO.  “We are thrilled to have our efforts recognized by our peers. The operators in this group have the reputation of being the most trusted in the industry and have set a standard of excellence for other operators to follow, and we are honored to be among them.”

DATTCO is a founding member of The International Motorcoach Group. Formed in 1998, IMG is an invitation-only organization made up of 56 independent, North American charter bus operators that share a commitment to excellence in customer service, safety, training and maintenance.

“We are very proud to honor a company with a long history as a shareholder of IMG. DATTCO’s leadership and management have had active involvement in the growth of IMG’s commitment to safety and the industry’s commitment through their active role in American Bus Association’s (ABA) Bus Industry Safety Council,” explained Real Boissonneault, IMG’s Chairman of the Board, and President of Quebec’s Autocar Excellence.

DATTCO has had representation on ABA’s Bus Industry Safety Council since 1992.  The mission of the Council is to continually raise the level of safety in the intercity bus and motorcoach industry through collaborative efforts of professionals in a workshop and educational environment.

“We have a robust safety program at DATTCO, which includes asking all employees to take the ‘Safety Starts with Me’ pledge,” explained Pamela Martinez, VP of Human Resources and Risk Management. “Our employees are very committed to this pledge and put safety before everything else in their daily job duties. This is evidenced by our stellar safety record that has continued to improve since the pledge was put in place a few years ago. We thank our employees for helping us attain this recognition from IMG.”

DATTCO Announces Driver of the Year and Safe Driver Awards

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 DATTCO Announces Driver of the Year and Safe Driver Awards

New Britain, CT, October 17, 2017: DATTCO, the largest Connecticut-based, passenger transportation company, is pleased to announce DATTCO’s Driver of the Year Awards and Safe Driver Awards. The Driver of the Year Award recognizes a driving professional who best represents the company’s long-held values of dedication, integrity, safety and superior service. The Safe Driver awards are presented to drivers who’ve gone at least one year without an accident.  Representatives are chosen in each Coach & Tour division.

Among the Safe Driver recipients, two applicants are chosen for the ‘Otis Dames Award’ (named after Otis Dames, who drove for DATTCO for 40 years and had an exceptional safety record), and the ‘Contract Driver of the Year Award.’ This year’s awards were presented to outstanding motorcoach driver of the year, Steve Hills (Bridgeport) for ‘2017 Otis Dames Award.‘ The 2017 Contract Driver of the Year Award’ went to outstanding contract driver of the year, Dan Morin (New Britain)

To be chosen as Driver of the Year, a driver must demonstrate safe driving with the highest standards in every facet of the profession. “In addition, I feel a driver must possess extraordinary performance standards, including unparalleled driving skills and personal conduct,” added Colin Johnson, Vice President of DATTCO’s Coach & Tour Group. “Both drivers have achieved these laudable attributes during their time with DATTCO.”

Drivers of the Year are chosen based on several criteria, including:

  • Accident-free driving in the preceding year and overall years of employment
  • Leadership quality among peers
  • Superior customer service to our clients
  • Customer letters of commendation
  • Exceptional personal conduct
  • Years of service with DATTCO and the motorcoach industry
  • Exemplary driving skills
  • Excellent attendance and service to the DATTCO
  • Complete adherence to company safety and operational policies, including textbook uniform representation and flexibility in assignments
  • Contribution of suggestions and recommendations for improved service to our customers

Additionally, DATTCO presented 144 drivers with Safe Driver Awards. Five drivers were recognized for being accident free for a decade or more – Clayton Draughn, New Haven Shuttle (22 years), Scott Grant, New Britain Motorcoach (13 years), Michael Maino, Fairhaven/Randolph Motorcoach (13 years), Willistene Hills, Bridgeport Motorcoach (11 years), and Eduardo Mariano, Bridgeport Motorcoach (10 years).

“At DATTCO we are focused on safety and ask each of our employees to take the ‘Safety Starts with Me’ pledge,” explained Don DeVivo, President of DATTCO.  “Commitment to this pledge is apparent by the number of accident-free drivers we are honoring this year. Their hard work and diligence positions DATTCO as a leader in the industry. Congratulations to each of these drives for well-deserved recognition.”

This announcement coincides with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Operation Safe Driver Week (observed October 15-21, 2017). CVSA – in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and law enforcement across the country – launched the Operation Safe Driver campaign in 2007 to reduce the number of deaths and injuries resulting from crashes involving large trucks, buses, and cars.

 

About DATTCO
Established in 1924, DATTCO, Inc. is a third-generation family-owned business headquartered in New Britain, Connecticut. From its early roots as operator of three school buses, DATTCO now services more than 40 school districts throughout Connecticut. Today, DATTCO is New England’s top bus dealer and leader in vehicle service, including fleet, collision, and trailer repair services.  Its motor coach division specializes in providing personal and group travel services and operates several routes for the discounted intercity bus service Megabus.  Additionally, Thermo King Northeast, a dealer of Thermo King products and parts, is a subsidiary of DATTCO.  For more information, visit DATTCO.com.

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IN THE NEWS: Hitting the Road With DATTCO

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Hitting the Road With DATTCO 
Destinations Magazine, Sept/Oct 2017

He may be the president of DATTCO, a large transportation company in New England, but Don DeVivo would say he’s in the people business. You’re more likely to find him stopping by the annual picnic at a local school bus terminal for a quick game of beanbag toss, joining his employees for a minor league baseball game, or having an end-of-the-week drink and snack with staffers at a nearby hangout than holed up in his office at headquarters…

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DATTCO Adds Seven New Van Hool Motor Coaches to Fleet

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DATTCO Adds Seven New Van Hool Motor Coaches to Fleet

DATTCO, the largest Connecticut-based, passenger transportation company, is pleased to announce it has taken delivery of seven new 2018 Van Hool CX series motor coaches from ABC Companies, Van Hool’s exclusive U.S. distributor.

The coaches – six of which are configured to seat 52 passengers (CX45), and one that carries 36 passengers (CX35) – have arrived just in time for New England’s popular Fall Foliage touring season. These well-appointed coaches include increased leg room, luxurious reclining seats with leather-trimmed fabric and three-point seatbelts, entertainment systems with large monitors, DVD player, and iPod docks; as well as 110 volt and USB outlets at every seat and wireless internet.  They also include safety features like a fire suppression system, stability control, and lane departure warning.

“We are committed to providing our customers with safe, reliable transportation; the driving factor behind keeping our fleet current,” said Donald DeVivo, President and second-generation owner of DATTCO. “The average age of the equipment in our fleet is less than four years. We have tremendous repeat business because our clients know they are getting a dependable, quality coach when they enter into a contract with us.”

Established in 1924, DATTCO is a third-generation family-owned business headquartered in New Britain, Connecticut.  The company’s story began in the 1940’s when Ed DeVivo took a side job as a school bus driver for a local operator. In 1949, he purchased the company and expanded it, adding its first motor coaches in the early 1960’s. DATTCO made its mark in the motor coach industry in 1964 providing service to the World’s Fair in New York City.

Today, DATTCO’s motor coaches serve New England, carrying grade school and college teams to sporting events, and groups on day trips or week-long excursions to destinations across the country and Canada, among other special events and contract work.

Four of DATTCO’s new Van Hools (shown here) en route from Florida to Connecticut prior to Hurricane Irma making landfall. Photo by Scott Grant, Traffic Manager at DATTCO.

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