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2019 Press Releases

ABC AND VAN HOOL DELIVER A CLEANER RIDERSHIP EXPERIENCE ON NEW VAN HOOL TDX PROTOTYPE

Partners Deliver a Breath of Fresh Air for NorCal Commuters with Customized HEPA Filtration System. 

March 18, 2019

Imagine breathing clean, filtered air as you commute to work on the bus. For many Silicon Valley workers that will soon be a reality thanks to a new custom-built HEPA filtration system that will be installed on a special-order Van Hool TDX high-capacity, double-deck coach. The new feature is the culmination of years of collaboration between ABC and Van Hool to create a custom solution that improves interior cabin air-quality on the 45’ double deck coach. 

“Our advanced Van Hool TDX model meets and exceeds EPA 16, GHG 17 emission standards for commercial vehicles, so integrating new technology that can further enhance the passenger environment is exciting for our team”, stated Roman Cornell, President and Chief Commercial Officer at ABC Companies. “Involving customers in the process from inception, including the design phase, is critical to developing successful and innovative new offerings that meet their needs and strengthen our relationships”, he added. 

“While indoor air quality is important for the operation of any business, bringing HEPA filtration technology to a mobile environment is the next step for passenger comfort”, said Mr. Cornell. On both sides of the Atlantic, ABC and Van Hool pooled their expertise and resources to source and build a customized system that utilizes cutting-edge HEPA filtration technology. Together with the Van Hool engineering team, the ABC technical department worked closely to specify and fabricate a working prototype to be utilized within their NorCal-based customers’ employee-shuttle fleet operation. “Confined space and weight limitations were key challenges to product development, mandating a compact design that ultimately located the new HEPA system under-floor in a small portion of the baggage bay area, without compromising existing passenger cabin dimensions”, said Brian Nelson, Engineering Manager at ABC’s Winter Garden, FL facility. 

The HEPA filtration unit is equipped with a HEPA filter, two pre-filters and two evaporator blowers that draw outside air through the filters which is then transferred to the TDX lower deck A/C unit where it is circulated throughout the interior of the coach. The new system is designed to offer a significant reduction in particle counts down to the smallest concentration with results being achieved within 20 minutes of operation. Conclusive testing revealed dramatically decreased dust in the interior cabin. Supporting data indicated a substantial drop in measurements in the following test ranges:

  • Particles up to 0.3 um dropped from 2500 to 500 in 20mins.
  • Particles up to 0.5 um dropped from 1000 to 180 in 20mins. 
  • Particles up to 1 um dropped from 350 to 70 in
“The new HEPA filtration system is designed to provide numerous benefits in terms of both air quality and equipment performance”, notes Mr. Nelson, “specifically in static or heavily congested road conditions where traffic emissions from older vehicles are prevalent and can permeate the passenger cabin”, he says. In terms of maintenance and equipment performance, Tom Van Lokeren, Engineering Bus and Coach HVAC Specialist at Van Hool, cited that HEPA filtration technology can contribute to optimal equipment performance, by helping to maintain a cleaner coil, so that other components like fans, and filters can operate at nominal conditions as designed and potentially extend the service life of HVAC components. 
ABC also offers another solution for improving passenger cabin air-quality with a patented UV-C Disinfectant system for coaches. The Fresh-Aire UV® System offers heavy-duty germicidal UV technology inside the coach HVAC system, which is proven to inhibit the growth of mold and destroy up to 99% of microbial contaminants within one hour. The chemical-free purification technology is the same that is widely used in hospitals, laboratories and the food industry to prevent the spread of airborne infectious bacteria. The Fresh-Aire UV® System is available from ABC and offers an easy installation that can help operators simplify maintenance, reduce cleaning crew exposure to harsh chemicals and provide more efficient, optimized coach operation. 
“ABC and Van Hool are focused on transforming great ideas into innovative solutions”, said Dane Cornell, CEO, ABC Companies. “We are excited to be at the forefront of shaping commercial applications that can lead to substantive change for our customers and our industry”.

ABC Companies is a leading provider to the transportation industry with diverse product and service offerings that  cover a full spectrum of operational needs including new and pre‐owned full‐size highway coach equipment, along  with transit and specialty vehicles.  ABC supports customers with a comprehensive after sale service network for  service and repairs, collision services, extensive OEM and quality aftermarket parts needs for transit, motorcoach  and heavy‐duty equipment from ten strategically placed locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Additionally,  private and municipal financing and leasing options are available through the company's financial services group –  one of the largest financial service providers within the industry.  For more information, contact ABC Companies at  800‐222‐2871 or visit the company web site at www.abc‐companies.com  

ABC COMPANIES PROMOTES GREGG GOEDDE TO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT ABC FINANCIAL SERVICES 

March 1, 2019

ABC Companies’ Chief Executive Officer, Dane Cornell announced that effective March 1st, Gregg Goedde will be promoted to Senior Vice President, ABC Financial Services. Gregg is a 25+ year veteran in the finance and bus & motorcoach industries, where he has built an impressive track record of combining industry knowledge with financial know-how to build solutions for ABC Companies’ customers. 

Gregg holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management and Bachelor’s of Arts from Gustavus Adolphus College. Prior to joining ABC Companies, he worked for GE Capital in public finance and financing for the motorcoach industry. This was the springboard for his career at ABC Companies for the past 23 years. 

In 1995, Gregg joined ABC Companies, where he started overseeing departments such as Warranty, Service and Graphics while working closely with Van Hool and product deliveries. This provided him with excellent product, service and manufacturer experience that played a vital role for his upcoming financial responsibilities at ABC Companies. In 1999, he began working with ABC Financial Services leveraging his early work at GE and relationships in the finance community. Gregg’s background, combined with an understanding of the unique needs of ABC Companies’ customer base, proved to be instrumental in the growth of ABC Financial Services. 

Gregg has been directly responsible for the finance or leasing of more than 9,000 coaches over his career. When asked what he enjoys most about his responsibilities, he said “It has been so rewarding and exciting to see companies that came to me as a complete start-up, purchasing their first coach, and now are successful multi-generational organizations.” 

He attributes his success to a strong network of financial partners that allow ABC Financial Services to be a true solutions provider, helping operators big and small succeed in their business. When asked how he selects financial partners, Gregg said “They must mirror ABC’s core value of building our business on relationships. They must also be willing to work with us to provide timely solutions that get our customers on the road.” 

“Gregg has been instrumental in ABC Companies’ growth. His dedication and commitment to ABC along with a passion for helping our customers find solutions is really what our company values are all about” said Roman Cornell, President and Chief Commercial Officer - ABC Companies. “Gregg’s promotion reflects the continued investment ABC is making in our leadership. We look forward to Gregg’s continued contribution to ABC Companies and our customers” concluded Dane Cornell. .   

ABC Companies is a leading provider to the transportation industry with diverse product and service offerings that  cover a full spectrum of operational needs including new and pre‐owned full‐size highway coach equipment, along  with transit and specialty vehicles.  ABC supports customers with a comprehensive after sale service network for  service and repairs, collision services, extensive OEM and quality aftermarket parts needs for transit, motorcoach  and heavy‐duty equipment from ten strategically placed locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Additionally,  private and municipal financing and leasing options are available through the company's financial services group –  one of the largest financial service providers within the industry.  For more information, contact ABC Companies at  800‐222‐2871 or visit the company web site at www.abc‐companies.com  

ECHO/AFC TRANSPORTATION ADDS SEVEN NEW VAN HOOL CX45 COACHES TO FLEET 

February 25, 2019

Echo/AFC Transportation, the largest privately held ground transportation company in Texas, has added seven new 2019 Van Hool CX45 coaches to its premium fleet of over 300 vehicles. A full-service ground transportation and logistics management leader, Echo/AFC operations span the entire state of Texas providing group travel services for a full range of tour, charter, shuttle, limo and commuter services. 

“These new coaches are built to a customized specification that will support an elite passenger experience that is the hallmark of the Echo/AFC Transportation brand”, said John Ferrari, Echo/AFC Transportation CEO. The seven newly-delivered Van Hool CX45 models offer passenger seating for up to 56 guests and the coaches offer a mix of luxury upgrades including leather-insert seats, contoured and modified contoured parcel racks with integrated 23” monitors, 110V outlets with USB connectors, and woodgrain flooring throughout. Several of the coaches also feature chrome mirrors, side view cameras and three models are fully-ADA compliant with Braun wheelchair lifts. “Our amenities package is a great investment, as our passengers love the way these coaches look and feel and our drivers appreciate how the coaches handle, and the simplicity of the integrated drivers dash area is a huge plus for our driving staff”, noted Mr. Ferrari. The new coaches also sport a black tone-on-tone graphics package scheme that prominently features a freshly rebranded corporate logo that unifies the Echo/AFC brands within a simple and modern design. 

ABC’s relationship with Echo goes as far back as 1999. ABC has been providing the operator with new Van Hool equipment as they cycle out older models every few years. “John and his team are incredible to work with, said Greg Gates, Senior Account Manager at ABC Companies’, Grand Prairie, Texas location. “Helping to ensure that the fleet is as modern and reliable as possible is integral to supporting their operational goals”, said Gates. With over 95% of the fleet comprised of Van Hool models, Echo/AFC relies on ABC’s Support team for warranty and technical issues according to Mr. Gates. “ABC’s technical team is second to none in terms of responsiveness, reliability and knowledge”, reports Ferrari. Echo/AFC operates a 40,000 sq. ft. service facility which maintains the fleet to the highest performance standards and utilizes ABC Parts for a full inventory of Van Hool components as required. Additionally, Echo/AFC mechanics participate in regional Van Hool equipment and technical training sessions conducted by ABC throughout the year. 

According to Mr. Ferrari, as part of their safety protocol, Echo/AFC has integrated a number of technologies that enable them to monitor and enhance driver performance. Utilizing Drive-Cam systems to capture and record events, GPS tracking and integrated ELD fleet-wide, Echo/AFC is focused on enhancing and promoting a strong safety culture throughout the organization. The firm is committed to future growth outside the Texas region and has recently extended operations to the state of Florida, where they will run collegiate charter and shuttle service for the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. As they continue to grow, fleet utilization will be key to supporting the demands within in each market according to Mr. Ferrari and he’ll lean on his relationship with ABC to support those goals. “It’s comforting to a have a long-standing relationship with someone who know your expectations, and how you want to run your operation today, and in the future,” he concludes. .   

ABC Companies is a leading provider to the transportation industry with diverse product and service offerings that  cover a full spectrum of operational needs including new and pre‐owned full‐size highway coach equipment, along  with transit and specialty vehicles.  ABC supports customers with a comprehensive after sale service network for  service and repairs, collision services, extensive OEM and quality aftermarket parts needs for transit, motorcoach  and heavy‐duty equipment from ten strategically placed locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Additionally,  private and municipal financing and leasing options are available through the company's financial services group –  one of the largest financial service providers within the industry.  For more information, contact ABC Companies at  800‐222‐2871 or visit the company web site at www.abc‐companies.com  

ABC COMPANIES GROWS STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP TEAM WITH NEW CFO AND CHANGES IN SENIOR LEADERSHIP 

January 25, 2019

ABC Companies’ Chief Executive Officer, Dane Cornell announced today that Charles “Chuck” Carns, will be joining  the ABC Team as Chief Financial Officer effective March 1st, 2019.  Chuck joins ABC following 23 years as the Chief  Executive Officer of Mears Transportation Group and Hello Destination Management.  “Chuck’s success has been  the result of managing multiple acquisitions and business start‐ups, in addition to his day to day responsibilities as  CEO of Mears transportation. Chuck brings additional knowledge that will align with our growth and further  improve customer service,” stated Dane Cornell.  Chuck commented on his recent appointment, stating, “I am  grateful to the Mears organization and the many talented people I have worked with and for over the years.  Now I  am looking forward to the next chapter of my career and being able to bring my experience to an organization with  the level of customer service that ABC provides”.

This appointment is accompanied by Roman Cornell being named President and Chief Commercial Officer of ABC  Companies.  “As we continue to grow and expand into new markets, we are building an experience base across  several key positions within our organization”.  “These changes to our Senior Leadership ensure ABC has the  breadth of experience and proven results to lead our success into the future,” stated Roman Cornell. “Ongoing  succession planning across ABC Companies ensures continuity of service to customers and our employees,” added  Dane Cornell.  Other members of the Cornell family continue to hold key roles within the organization as well.   Ashley Cornell, continues as Vice President ‐ Strategic Accounts, responsible for several key customers in the West  and North West, including rapidly growing employee shuttle programs.  Ryhan Cornell is an Account Manager in  the Southeast Region, overseeing several key accounts and ensuring quality customer service.     

“These leadership changes, along with the active role of several Cornell family members, ensures that our growth  will never be at the expense of the core values instilled in us by my father, Clarence “Clancy” Cornell.  Making our  customers successful, makes ABC successful, and I look forward to what our Senior Management Team will bring  to the future,” concluded Dane Cornell.   

ABC Companies is a leading provider to the transportation industry with diverse product and service offerings that  cover a full spectrum of operational needs including new and pre‐owned full‐size highway coach equipment, along  with transit and specialty vehicles.  ABC supports customers with a comprehensive after sale service network for  service and repairs, collision services, extensive OEM and quality aftermarket parts needs for transit, motorcoach  and heavy‐duty equipment from ten strategically placed locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Additionally,  private and municipal financing and leasing options are available through the company's financial services group –  one of the largest financial service providers within the industry.  For more information, contact ABC Companies at  800‐222‐2871 or visit the company web site at www.abc‐companies.com  

About ABC-Companies

ABC is the exclusive North American distributor of prestigious Van Hool motorcoaches. ABC also offers the largest selection of pre-owned bus and motorcoach inventory in the country.

With convenient service locations throughout the United States and Canada, ABC is there when and where you need us to keep your coach or bus working properly. We have parts for all makes and model motorcoaches and transit buses including Van Hool, Prevost, MCI, Temsa, Gillig, New Flyer, Novabus, Nabi, Goshen, Ameritrans, Blubird, etc. We offer fleet assist programs to keep your fleet running optimally while providing you with the convenience of a managed maintenance system. Our solution uses a proven fleet management software program to help you organize preventative maintenance activities based on your fleet composition, requirements and duty cycles.

We are at your service with 24-hour, 7 day per week customer care technical support.

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