Matthews Buses Inc, a certified “Platinum Support” school bus dealer for Thomas Built Buses, moved its Western New York school bus sales, service and support operations from Dansville, NY to a new 35,000 square foot, state-of-the-art service, parts and training facility in Avon, NY. The company spent 2019 renovating a major portion of the East Avon Plaza into one of the largest dedicated school bus service and support centers in New York State.
According to Guy Matthews, vice president and general manager, “We built this facility to make sure that the buses used to transport our most valuable treasures, our children, function properly and are the safest they can be.” He adds “We included an 11,000 square foot service and pre-delivery inspection shop, a 12,000 square foot body/paint/collision shop, as well as a large 3,400 square foot parts department, a 1,700 square foot training facility and 7,000 square feet of office space, and still have plenty of room for future expansion.”
Work on eight full-size school buses, either under repair or in process for new bus delivery, can be performed in the new service shop. It is equipped with a Premier Assessment bay, which will allow Matthews personnel to quickly assess a bus and begin the repair process. The shop is also outfitted with a dedicated wash and detail bay.
The body/paint/collision shop features a new, ultramodern, 20 x 60 foot Accudraft spray booth with environmentally friendly cross draft ventilation. All paint technicians are fully paint and adhesive certified by PPG. An adjacent explosion-proof mixing room is equipped with advanced paint color scanners and PPG computerized mixing equipment.
The 3,400 square foot parts warehouse will allow Matthews Bus Parts to significantly increase the number of inventoried parts to support its customers’ service departments, as well as the Matthews service center and mobile technicians.
Unique to the pupil transportation industry in New York State, Matthews Buses in Avon has a beautiful 1,700 square foot bus technician training space featuring the latest collaborative training equipment, including distance learning technology. This training facility will accommodate more than 40 people with room to expand as needed. Matthews says, “In addition to training bus technicians this space will be available to area school districts for their training and meeting needs.”
Matthews says, “I’m proud of our commitment to an environmentally friendly existence.” He adds, “We installed geothermal heating and cooling equipment to provide a consistently comfortable work environment, and all lighting is highly efficient LED from the parking lots to the shop to the offices.”
According to Matthews, “The new Avon facility is centrally located and provides convenient access to all major highways, allowing our team of road service technicians as well as our in house service team to provide our customers a better more efficient experience.”
The new Matthews facility is located at 5600 Avon-East Avon Rd., Avon, NY 14414.