PHOENIX — SuperShuttle International, Inc. announced it has acquired Cloud 9 in San Diego and Kansas City Transportation Group in Kansas City, Mo., marking its first acquisition in California and its third since SuperShuttle International became part of Veolia Transportation in October 2006.
The acquisition of Cloud 9 includes 105 vans and sedans and was completed August 30, 2007. Only five vans are company owned. The rest of the vans remaining sedans are owned by franchisees. These will become part of the more than 1,200 franchisees of the SuperShuttle system in the U.S.
The new entity will be known as Cloud 9 SuperShuttle. John Hawkins, the current owner and president of Cloud 9, will become vice president of SuperShuttle San Diego.
The Kansas City Transportation Group acquisition completed in July 2007, included the operation of Kansas City Yellow Cab, Carey Limousine & KCI Shuttle. The fleet includes approximately 300 taxicabs, 55 airport shuttles, 35 para-transit vehicles and 45 limousines and livery vehicles.
The 350 independent contractors associated with Kansas City Transportation Group have remained with SuperShuttle International as franchisees. Bill George, the former owner, has also remained in place as president of SuperShuttle Kansas City. During the next several months, KCI Airport
Shuttle will be expanded into the SuperShuttle service model and brand. Other brands within the transportation group, such as Yellow Cab, will remain under the same brand names.
In March of 2007, SuperShuttle International also made a small acquisition of Golden West Commuter, LLC that was immediately rolled into the existing SuperShuttle operation in Denver.
"It's great to be part of a national organization." Hawkins said. "It's good for our business because we will have an increased capital and marketing investment, increased opportunities for our employees, not to mention our customers who will now be able to make reservations online."
George added, "This merger has offered us a great opportunity to take advantage of the next generation of technology, including high-tech dispatch and internet reservations systems that a small company like ours
could not afford to develop."
Brian Wier, president and CEO of SuperShuttle International had praise for both groups. "We have admired the operations of both Cloud 9 and KCI Transportation for some time now," he said. "The leadership of both John Hawkins and Bill George made these two organizations top on our acquisition
list and we hope to make more acquisitions of this type in the future.
SuperShuttle International, based in Phoenix, is a division of Veolia Transportation On Demand and a subsidiary of Veolia Environment.
SOURCE: PR Newswire