ABC's Refurbishment Facility Completes 400th
ABC Companies proudly announces the completion and delivery of the 400th Greyhound refurbished bus for North America’s largest intercity carrier. Launched in late 2010, the Greyhound Fleet Revitalization Program was designed to enhance the Greyhound passenger trip experience by giving the fleet’s MCI-model motorcoaches an overall facelift.
Multi-Year Program :
As part of a multi-year program to refurbish the fleet, Greyhound vehicles have been arriving at ABC’s state-of-the-art dedicated refurbishment facility in Nappanee, Indiana, to undergo a process designed to recondition units from bumper-to-bumper. The first of the modernized Greyhound coaches rolled out of the facility in September 2011, entirely refurbished for less than the cost of a new motorcoach.
Partnership with Greyhound :
“We are so proud of this partnership with Greyhound,” states Lee Loper, Sr. Vice President - Refurbishment for ABC Companies. “From the start, we understood their vision toward revitalizing the Greyhound brand and welcomed the challenge to meeting and exceeding their requirements.”
Each bus passes through 25 separate work stations during the refurbishment process which takes approximately 45 days to complete. Upgrades to the original coaches include WiFi, 110V outlets, LED lighting, leatherette passenger seating and extra legroom, as well as wheelchair lifts.
The Fleet :
“Greyhound continues to improve the travel experience for customers,” said Bill Blankenship, COO, Greyhound Lines, Inc. “The fleet revitalization program allows us to take the workhorse of our fleet and upgrade it to like-new condition, with more comfortable seating and modern amenities on an environmentally friendly vehicle.”
A Strong Workforce :
A strong workforce of mechanics, detailers, upholstery experts, technicians, and team members working at the ABC/Greyhound Nappanee facility have contributed to the success of the Greyhound Fleet Revitalization program since its inception. ABC Companies continues to refurbish and deliver approximately 19 revitalized Greyhound coaches each month.
“This initiative has been a game changer for both organizations,” states Jon Savitz, Senior Vice President, Business Development for ABC Companies. “We look forward to celebrating more milestones with Greyhound and continuing to expand ABC’s refurbishment services.”
Greyhound is the largest North American provider of intercity bus transportation, serving 3,800 destinations across the continent. The company also provides Greyhound Package Express (GPX) and charter services. In 2010, it introduced Greyhound Express, which provides direct service between major cities on new buses equipped with free Wi-Fi, power outlets, comfortable leather seats and extra legroom. Since its inception, Express has rapidly expanded to serve more than 70 markets in North America. For fare and schedule information and to buy tickets, call 1-800-231-2222 or visit the Web site at www.greyhound.com. Follow Greyhound on Twitter for the latest news and travel deals at http://twitter.com/GreyhoundBus and “Like” us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GreyhoundBus.