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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.

DATTCO’s Logan Service Dubbed “AMAZING” By FUN 107’s Michael Rock

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DATTCO’s Logan Service Dubbed “AMAZING” By FUN 107’s Michael Rock

DATTCO’s service to Logan International Airport was recently described as “amazing” and “convenient” by FUN 107 FM’s Michael Rock, of the Rock & Fox Show.  

Listen to the soundbite from the show!

Rock recently utilized the service with his family and said in an email to our General Manager “I CAN’T GET OVER how convenient the bus service was!  Picked us up right in front of the baggage claim…and zipped us right to Fairhaven!  What a game changer!”

If you are looking for reliable, convenient and affordable alternatives for getting to Logan check us out!

DATTCO Opens a Pre-owned Motorcoach Dealership in Orlando

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DATTCO Opens a Pre-owned Motorcoach Dealership in Orlando

Orlando, FL, June 29, 2017: DATTCO, one of the largest Connecticut-based, passenger transportation companies, is pleased to announce the opening of a Pre-owned Motorcoach Sales location in Orlando, Florida.

The dealership, located at 1531 Pine Avenue in Orlando, serves customers from all over North America. They stock all the popular makes and models, and perform all necessary mechanical and cosmetic repairs to ensure coaches are turn-key and DOT+ ready for immediate service. Coaches are competitively priced, and several financing options are available.

The office is staffed by Mike Pouncey, Director of Motorcoach Sales, and Robert Dunkey, Regional Sales Manager. Pouncey brings more than 19 years of experience in the motorcoach industry and a passion for building long-lasting relationships with his clients. Dunkey’s 22 years in the aviation industry focused on project management and logistics, with a solid customer service base. With more than 40 years combined customer service experience the two are focused on providing their customer with the best solution for their transportation needs. “We understand that many companies many not be able to afford, or don’t necessarily require a new coach, however, a quality, service ready, pre-owned coach can be a great alternative for transportation and fleet needs,” explained Pouncey. “We are here to find and deliver a quality product that is the best match for our customers’ budgets.”

 

Established in 1924, DATTCO is a third-generation family-owned business headquartered in New Britain, Connecticut. It made its mark in history in the 1960’s when the company purchased three used motorcoaches and provided service to the World’s Fair in New York City. Over the last five decades, DATTCO has continued to evolve and experience significant growth as a full-service transportation provider. With over 2,000 employees staffing multiple offices, terminals and service facilities throughout New England, this newest location in Florida is DATTCO’s first office outside of the New England region. The Orlando location was chosen based on the area historically being a destination for pre-owned coach buyers.

“We are excited to lay new roots in Florida for our Sales & Service division. Our team has already proved themselves to be great assets for DATTCO Sales and Service and their clients,” said Don DeVivo, President of DATTCO. “We look forward to helping our customers meet their fleet needs for many years to come through our pre-owned coach sales dealership in Orlando.”

For more information about DATTCO’s Pre-owned Motorcoach Sales, visit this link: https://www.dattco.com/sales_service/buy-or-lease-a-bus/orlando-pre-owned-coaches/

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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.

See DATTCO’s profile here.

Read the full article here.

 

 

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.

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