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IN THE NEWS: Top 50 Motorcoach Fleets, Metro Magazine

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Top 50 Motorcoach Fleets

Keeping Driver’s Seats Filled, Increased Competition Key Concerns

Many operators report they have stepped up their efforts to find drivers and are offering improved pay, benefits, and raining to keep them on board. Meanwhile, the growth of transportation network companies, such as Uber and Lyft, is starting to compete for the industry’s business.

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DATTCO School Bus Driver Credited with Saving Nine-Year Old Girl’s Life

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DATTCO School Bus Driver Credited with Saving Nine-Year Old Girl’s Life

East Hampton, CT, February 21, 2017: Randy Kronick, a DATTCO driver for the East Hampton, CT school district, has been credited with saving the life of one of his Center School student passengers.

In early February, nine-year old Naomi Mastroianni was nearly struck by a speeding SUV, that failed to obey the bus stop sign and flashing lights, when trying to cross Main Street to her home where her mother, Paola Mastroianni was waiting and watching. Kronick, who credits the safety procedures put in place by DATTCO, acted quickly when he realized the driver was not slowing down, and rescued the girl from being hit by the oncoming car.

As part of safety procedures, DATTCO drivers are trained to ensure close communication with their students and assist them in crossing streets. Students and drivers typically maintain eye contact, and the students know to wait for cues from the driver when it is deemed safe to cross.

Kronick, who does not consider himself a hero, says he was just doing his job, and that adhering to safety guidelines and making sure students follow the rules and stay in contact with him until they are safely with their parent or guardian is what saved Naomi’s life that day.

This year, DATTCO launched a new campaign – “Safety Starts with Me” – where employees across all divisions have pledged to make safety their priority when on the job. East Hampton Branch Manager Eric Thompson, and Phil Johnson, Vice President of DATTCO’s School Bus Division, agree that Kronick actions in this situation are a prime example of how prioritizing safety and practicing consistency with procedures can make all the difference in a life or death situation.

Since the incident, Randy has slightly altered his route so that Naomi is dropped off directly in front of her home, and does not have to cross the street; a change that was welcomed by the school district, DATTCO, and most importantly Naomi’s mother.

“At DATTCO the safety of the children we transport is our number one priority,” said Don DeVivo, President of DATTCO. “We are so grateful for Randy and his heroic actions. We pride ourselves on employing the best transportation professionals in the country, and Randy certainly is a stellar example of this.”


Randy Kronick is pictured here with Paul Smith, Superintendent of Schools and Chris Goff, Board Chair. Photo Credit: East Hampton Public Schools

 

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

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

New Britain, CT, January 16, 2017: DATTCO, the largest Connecticut-based, passenger transportation company, is pleased to announce Ronald King, Director of Technical Support, has been named Connecticut’s NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year for the second year in a row.

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.

“The ASE certification means a lot to me; it is the closest thing to licensing for our trade in Connecticut. As technicians, we work hard for our ASE Master Technician patches and wear them proudly,” explained King.  “I’m honored that NAPA Connecticut believes in me and my industry achievements to select me for this award. I look forward to tomorrow’s advancements in technology, and the opportunities it will bring us.”

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 with Rebuild Together New Britain, 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 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.”

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DATTCO Owner Awarded Middlesex County Branch NAACP Larry McHugh Business Award

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DATTCO Owner Awarded Middlesex County Branch NAACP
Larry McHugh Business Award

 

New Britain, CT, October 19, 2016: DATTCO, Connecticut’s largest passenger transportation company, is pleased to announce owner, Donald DeVivo, was presented with the Middlesex County Branch of the NAACP’s “Larry McHugh Business Award” in recognition of his dedication to serving the community of Middlesex County and supporting the mission of the NAACP.

Each year the “Larry McHugh Business Award” is presented to a business that supports the mission of the NAACP – to promote entrepreneurship and to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities. All people, regardless of race and ethnicity, should have access to livable wages and a discrimination free employment environment that is fair and healthy.

The award was presented at Middlesex County Branch of the NAACP’s 32nd annual Freedom Fund and Membership Dinner, by Larry McHugh, President of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce.

“I am honored to be chosen by the Middlesex Country NAACP and happily accept this award on behalf of all DATTCO’s employees” said Donald DeVivo, owner of DATTCO. “At DATTCO we are committed to supporting the communities that we serve and missions of organizations like the NAACP.  I’d like to acknowledge the NAACP for their tireless efforts to fight for Freedom, Justice and Equality; and encourage more people to get involved and support their efforts.”

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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 a number of 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.

DATTCO Driver Receives “Motorcoach Driver of the Year Award” from Connecticut Bus Association

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DATTCO Driver Receives “Motorcoach Driver of the Year Award”
from Connecticut Bus Association

New Britain, CT, September 27, 2016: DATTCO, one of Connecticut’s largest passenger transportation companies, is pleased to announce that one of its veteran motorcoach operators, Mark Sullivan, was presented with Connecticut Bus Association’s prestigious “Motorcoach Driver of the Year” Award. The award was presented during Connecticut Bus Association’s annual dinner at Foxwoods Resort Casino on September 21, 2016.

Mark, who has operated motorcoaches for 38 accident-free years, has driven more than 3 million miles over his career. His professionalism and customer service has made him one of the most requested drivers by DATTCO’s clientele. He’s driven famous dignitaries, government officials, professional and collegiate athletes, and tours groups throughout North America.

_mg_9159-x2In order to be chosen as Connecticut’s Motorcoach 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 a skills and personal conduct,” added Colin Johnson, Vice President of DATTCO’s Coach & Tour Group. “Mark has achieved all of these laudable attributes during his time with DATTCO.”

Mark’s stellar safety record has given him the opportunity to work with DATTCO’s Safety & Training Program, where he assists with training and mentoring new drivers, as well as providing remedial training for seasoned drivers.

“We are fortunate that Mark is willing to share his knowledge of the motorcoach profession, and his experience on the road with our less experienced drivers,” remarked Don DeVivo, President of DATTCO, who has worked with Mark his entire career at the company. “Mark represents DATTCO at the highest of industry standards, and always puts the interests of the company first. I am proud to have him as part of our team.”

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IN THE NEWS: Miles And Miles: DATTCO President Driven Toward Success

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Miles And Miles: DATTCO President Driven Toward Success
Doing Business in Connecticut, 2016 – A Hartford Business Journal Special

More so today than in recent memory, public transportation in the United States and in Connecticut is having a moment. And riding that wave is DATTCO, a bus company in New Britain that is now run by a second generation of the DeVivo family.

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