In a transaction that was completed on October 17, representation of Blue Bird’s dealership agreement in the South Carolina market has now been successfully transitioned from Palmetto Bus Sales to Blanchard Machinery. Blanchard Machinery, with over 30 years of business experience, will now sell and service Blue Bird school buses in the State of South Carolina under their Blanchard Bus Centers division. Palmetto Bus Sales of Gaston, SC remains a commercial bus dealer representing other bus manufacturers. While details of the transaction were not disclosed, Blanchard was named the dealer concurrent with the sale and will step into parts and bus sales immediately, along with becoming certified for service capability on the complete line of Blue Bird buses and powertrains.
“We are excited about the addition of Blanchard Bus Center to our dealership team,” says Mark Terry, Chief Commercial Officer of Blue Bird Corporation. “With decades of sales and service experience satisfying customers, we feel confident that Blanchard’s facility network and energy around this new business relationship will translate into rewarding relationships with the customers of South Carolina.”
Joe Blanchard, President of Blanchard Machinery, sees a great opportunity to expand market share and deliver improved service and support to new and existing Blue Bird customers.
“Adding Blue Bird to our family of products and services was an easy decision,” says Blanchard. “Blue Bird has a history of creating a reliable, long-lasting product. This reflects our company’s commitment to delivering products and services that our customers can depend on long-term.”
Blanchard will sell and service Blue Bird under their Blanchard Bus Centers brand. “We currently have seven locations fully equipped to maintain and repair school buses,” says Blanchard. “It is extremely important that buses are kept running for our customers, and this is a top priority for us. We believe school bus customers in South Carolina will take notice of our fast, reliable service and easy parts distribution.”
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