The History of Central States Bus Sales

About Central States Bus Sales

Central States Bus Sales, Inc., is a distributor for several manufacturers of buses and related equipment in Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Arkansas.Based in Fenton, Missouri, Central States is proud to represent manufacturers such as ARBOC Specialty Vehicles, Blue Bird Corporation, BraunAbility, Champion Bus, Diamond, ElDorado, Goshen Coach, Krystal, Mobility Trans, Revability, Starcraft Bus, World Trans, Carrier Air Conditioning, Ricon, Q’Straint, Sure-Lok, Freedman Seating, and IMMI Seating. The products of these manufacturers are marketed to public and private schools, transit agencies, rural transit and para-transit providers, retirement and nursing institutions, churches, charter coach and limousine operators, casinos, and some very creative organizations who have found innovative applications for these products.

Central States also maintains a large inventory of used equipment of various types and sizes. In addition to selling the various buses, vans, and trolleys provided by each of these manufacturers, Central States maintains a large inventory of chassis, body, and electrical repair parts and related accessories in each of our five warehouse facilities. Trained ASE-Certified service technicians are employed at our facilities in St. Louis, Missouri, North Little Rock, Arkansas, Lebanon, Tennessee, Lexington, Kentucky, and Big Rock, Illinois. This ensures that our customers receive prompt parts and service support, to operate their equipment effectively and efficiently.

Central States Bus Sales, Inc., is active in many industry associations such as Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation (MAPT), Illinois Association for Pupil Transportation (IAPT), Tennessee Association for Pupil Transportation (TAPT), Kentucky Association for Pupil Transportation (KAPT), Missouri Association of School Business Officials (MoASBO), Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBO), Arkansas Association of School Business Officials (AASBO), Missouri School Board Association (MSBA), Illinois School Board Association (ISBA), Arkansas School Board Association (ASBA), Missouri Public Transit Association (MPTA), and Missouri Association of Homes for the Aging (MoAHA), just to name a few. We are committed to providing outstanding products and services to our customers, and we focus every day on fulfilling our mission to provide transportation solutions that enrich the lives of people.

Timeline

2018

Present Day

Today, Central States Bus Sales operates out of their headquarters facility in Fenton, MO and branch locations in North Little Rock AR, Lebanon TN, Big Rock IL, and Lexington KY. Central States Bus Sales has partnered with many of the best manufacturers and vendors available in the transportation industry to provide dedicated transportation solutions through exceptional service.
2017

Missouri Location Moves to New Building

Missouri operations moved to a new facility located at 1200 Sugar Creek Square, Fenton, MO, 63026.
2014

Central States opens fifth facility

On November 1, 2014 Central States opened its fifth facility in Lexington, Kentucky.
2006

Central States becomes Blue Bird’s largest distributor

In May 2006, Central States acquired more territory, making Central States the Blue Bird distributor for the entire State of Illinois and Blue Bird’s largest distributor. In August 2006 the Chicago office in Big Rock, Illinois made its debut.
2004

Additional territory acquired

In 2004, Central States acquired additional Blue Bird sales territory for the states of Tennessee and Kentucky and built a new sales and service facility in Lebanon, Tennessee.
2000

Arkansas facility built

In 2000, growth continued and a larger Arkansas facility was built in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
1998

Fenton facility expanded

In 1998, the Fenton facility was expanded to include two additional service bays, a parts warehouse, and more office space.
1997

Additional territory acquired

In 1997, additional territory representing Blue Bird was added to include the remainder of Missouri and the state of Arkansas.
1985

Continued Growth of Product Lines

By 1985, the company had distribution agreements with several other bus and wheelchair lift manufacturers, a sales and service facility was built in Fenton, MO and the name was changed to Central States Bus Sales.
1980

New Territory and Product Line

In 1980, additional Blue Bird territory was acquired to include the majority of Missouri and Southern Illinois and another product line was added, becoming one of the original distributors for ElDorado National.
1975

Early Days

Early Days
Central States Bus Sales began in 1975 as a school bus sales distributorship representing the Blue Bird Body Corporation for Northeastern Missouri.

 

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