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Network Benefits - A Word from Caley

Thomas Built Buses – Part of a Robust Network of Innovation


“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” – Aristotle


I am reminded of this quote as I look at the immense success of Thomas Built Buses over the past few years. As a market leader, Thomas Built Buses is not only the number one school bus manufacturer in the industry, but also an innovator, paving the way for new technologies that will ultimately make school buses even safer, more efficient and easier to maintain.


I can’t point to any one thing that has led to this success. Our success is the result of our entire network working together for the benefit of our customers and the pupil transportation industry as a whole.


As part of the Daimler Trucks North America family, Thomas Built Buses has the benefit of being able to collaborate with the engineers of Freightliner, Detroit, Western Star, Freightliner Custom Chassis and Mercedes-Benz to develop technologies and innovations never before seen in the school bus industry.


Some innovations are produced here at Thomas Built Buses in partnership with our dedicated suppliers, such as those in our robust BusWise® Technologies platform. Still other innovations are developed through partnerships with our sister brands, such as the long-awaited Detroit™ DD5™ and DD8™ engines, which will be equipped with Detroit Connect Virtual Technician.


And it’s through our strong dealer network of hundreds of dealer and service locations across the United States and Canada that we can deliver these innovations to school districts across North America. Our dealers are our feet on the ground and our face-to-face contact with the customers who rely on Thomas Built buses every school day. And through them, our network expands even more as our dealers offer customers personalized financing options through Daimler Truck Financial and durable all-makes parts selection through Alliance Truck Parts.


Together as one robust network, Daimler Trucks North America, Thomas Built Buses and our dealers are making it possible for thousands of children to get to and from school safely every day. We are committed to focusing on quality and innovation to ensure that safety promise stands true today and well into the future.


To learn more, watch this short video about who we are and what makes us so unique.

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