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Meridian Specialty Vehicles Expands Into Canadian Market

Posted on April 24, 2015

Meridian Specialty Vehicles Sprinter with a forward plug door. Built on the only chassis that Meridian uses, the 3500 series has a 170-inch wheelbase with an 11,030 GVWR to ensure passenger safety. (Photo by Meridian)
Meridian Specialty Vehicles Sprinter with a forward plug door. Built on the only chassis that Meridian uses, the 3500 series has a 170-inch wheelbase with an 11,030 GVWR to ensure passenger safety. (Photo by Meridian)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Meridian Specialty Vehicles, Inc., a Mercedes-Benz Preferred Bus Upfitter, said April 22 it will expand its dealer base into Canada with the addition of Autobus Thomas, Inc. of Drummondville, Quebec as its newest stocking bus dealer.  

In recent years, Meridian has reported steadily increasing sales due to advanced production techniques, design innovations, and one-of-a-kind features that deliver quality, safety and manufacturing consistency.

“With demand for Meridian vehicles continuing to climb, it only made sense for us to expand our dealer presence into Canada”, said David Ronsen, President and CEO of Meridian Specialty Vehicles, in a statement. "After more than a year of negotiating a purchase agreement with Mercedes-Benz Canada, achieving Transport Canada Pre-Clearance status, establishing a Foreign Trade Zone for seamless import/export, and carefully selecting Autobus Thomas as our first dealer, we’re confident that we’re teed up for short- and long-term success in the Canadian market.”

With more than 30 years of experience in commercial bus sales, Autobus Thomas has a reputation for providing quality support during and after their sales.

“Meridian is building exactly what our clients have been asking us for in an eight to 20 passenger shuttle bus,” said Bernard Dubé, President and CEO of Autobus Thomas, in a statement. “The Canadian shuttle bus and paratransit markets are ripe for high-end, economical and affordable Mercedes-Benz based buses like those manufactured by Meridian. We simply do not have any product in our market today that meets their quality standards or price points.”

Autobus Thomas is stocking Meridian products that are ready for immediate delivery.

About Meridian Specialty Vehicles, Inc.
Meridian Specialty Vehicles, Inc., founded in 1995, designs and manufactures custom specialty vehicles, shuttle, glass-top tour, paratransit buses and executive vans. With a network of more than 250 dealers and growing, Meridian provides its domestic and international customers with high-quality, innovative, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly transportation and mobile-mission-based vehicle solutions combined with after-sales support. Information: www.meridiansv.com.

About Autobus Thomas
Information: Autobus Thomas at www.autobusthomas.com or +1 (819) 474-2700.

Source: Meridian Specialty Vehicles press release

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