Forest River Acquires Collins Bus

Shown is the corporate office of Collins Bus. (Photo courtesy of Forest River)

Forest River Bus, LLC., a subsidiary of Forest River, Inc., and a shuttle bus and van manufacturer, has announced the acquisition of Collins Bus.

“Collins Bus, with a rich history spanning over 50 years, was founded in 1967 in Kansas City, MO, and later moved to Hutchinson, KS,” according to a press release. “Renowned for its commitment to safety, strength, and reliability, Collins Bus holds a distinguished status as the pioneer in the development of the Type A school bus. This ground-breaking innovation marked the beginning of a series of advancements that have played a pivotal role in shaping the reputation of Collins’ buses as the most versatile and trusted in the nation.”

“The addition of Collins Bus to the Forest River Bus family highlights another milestone in our overall growth and leadership,” Pete Liegl, President and CEO of Forest River, Inc., said. “The performance of our Bus and Van division is a shining star for Forest River, and this acquisition raises an already high bar.”

Forest River Bus President David Wright expressed his enthusiasm about this acquisition, stating, “We are thrilled to welcome Collins Bus into the Forest River family. This purchase combines the strengths and heritage of two industry leaders. Collins Bus has a remarkable history, unwavering commitment to quality, and a team of dedicated employees. We value their legacy and look forward to building on their success.”

Wright added, “Our focus is not only on the products but also on the people. The skilled and passionate employees at Collins Bus are a vital asset, and we are excited to collaborate with them to continue delivering top-notch school buses that prioritize the safety and well-being of students.”

“The acquisition by Forest River signifies a joint commitment to maintaining the highest standards in manufacturing, customer service, and product innovation. Forest River is committed to preserving the legacy of Collins Bus, while leveraging its own innovative approaches to enhance product offerings,” the release added. “Forest River, Inc. produces the largest portfolio of recreational vehicles, cargo trailers, buses, pontoon boats and commercial vehicles in the world. Forest River Bus is the country’s leading manufacturer of buses and vans for both the private and public sectors, dedicated to providing innovative transportation solutions for a wide range of industries. Forest River is proud to be a Berkshire Hathaway company.”


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