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Specialty Vehicles Makes It Official with Brown Industries

November, 2017 – It’s been in the works for months, but the ..

November, 2017 – It’s been in the works for months, but the partnership between Specialty Vehicles and Brown Industries has now become official. Brown Industries in Lawrence, Kansas is the manufacturer of the American Heritage line of trolleys for Specialty Vehicles, the exclusive domestic and international distributor.

“It is a perfect match combining the industry experience and sales capacity of SVI with the manufacturing expertise of Brown,” said Dane Jennison, President of Brown Industries. “While it has been a challenge to start a new product line of this magnitude from scratch, I am proud to say that we are making tremendous progress. With an 8 man engineering department and the recent startup of our dedicated Trolley second shift, we will not only offer the finest trolleys in the industry but will have a competitive lead time as well. I see a great future in Trolleys for SVI and Brown.”

Specialty Vehicles shares the same enthusiasm. “We are thrilled about the new relationship with Brown Industries. With their experience, capabilities and willingness to build high quality vehicles for the trolley industry we are looking forward to a successful relationship while providing beautiful trolleys for every type of application,” added Nancy Munoz, CEO of Specialty Vehicles.

Last summer Specialty Vehicles started the trolley discussion with Brown Industries. After some major shifts in the industry, Specialty Vehicles needed a manufacturer and Brown was interested in building trolleys. After several meetings, factory visits, phone calls and planning hours, Brown started on the first units last fall. Several trolleys have been completed and delivered and many more are in production.

Brown Industries manufactures both front engine and rear engine trolleys, with seating from 18- 40 passengers, built on either a Ford or Freightliner chassis, with a variety of fueling options and ADA accessibility. Aesthetic options such as a conductor’s platform, brass or stainless steel stanchions, single or dual door entries, a variety of seating configurations and a multitude of upgrades are also available.

Brown Industries has been manufacturing van bodies and custom truck equipment for over 70 years, with manufacturing facilities in Lawrence, KS and Henderson, CO and sales offices in Kansas City, Minneapolis, and Chicago. Van bodies have typically been the backbone of the business, but Brown enjoys the challenge of manufacturing custom products. Specialty Vehicles is a family owned and operated Nevada based business who has been the premiere provider of trolleys, trams and mini electric vehicles for the last 35 years.

Specialty Vehicles Welcomes Surprise Visitors at APTA Show

October 13th, 2017 – This week’s American Public Transportation Association trade show ..

October 13th, 2017 – This week’s American Public Transportation Association trade show in Atlanta, Georgia undoubtedly drew thousands of attendees and vendors. Specialty Vehicles received some unexpected special guests at their booth: United States Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and Deputy Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration K. Jane Williams.

Wednesday morning, during the last few hours of the trade show, Secretary Chao and Deputy Administrator Williams, along with their press and associates, met with Nancy Munoz, CEO of Specialty Vehicles, and walked through the Spirit of America Trolley, which was displayed in the Specialty Vehicles’ booth for the APTA EXPO.

“We were honored to have Secretary Chao and Deputy Administrator Williams visit our booth at APTA and be able to show them our new Low Floor Trolley. Both ladies were impressed with the authentic theming and workmanship throughout.” Munoz said of her time speaking with Secretary Chao and Deputy Administrator Williams. “They congratulated us on being a long time certified woman owned business and a long time supplier of quality specialty vehicles to the transit industry.”

Specialty Vehicles is a family operated, woman owned business specializing in trolleys, trams and people movers for over 35 years. The company has recently partnered with ARBOC Specialty Vehicles to offer the new Low Floor Spirit of America Trolley.

SVI ATTENDS CTAA WITH NEW LOW FLOOR TROLLEY

Specialty Vehicles was proud to display their new Spirit of America Low ..

Specialty Vehicles was proud to display their new Spirit of America Low Floor Trolley at
the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) Trade Show in Detroit, MI this week. The
34’ trolley, American made by ARBOC Specialty Vehicles, LLC (ARBOC), seats up to 37 passengers and
features dual entry doors, electronic destinations signs, dual roof top AC units, a Braun fold-out ADA
ramp, cupola and dark oak interior.

“We were pleased to present the new trolley to so many new and returning customers,” said Nancy
Munoz, CEO of Specialty Vehicles. “This trolley is beautifully built and has so much to offer. It will no
doubt be an incredible addition to many vehicle fleets for cities and transit agencies across North
America.”

ARBOC partnered with Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) to develop the exclusive Low
Floor XBA chassis used for the Spirit of America trolley. Additionally, this unit boasts the only OEM
chassis warranty in the low floor market.

The Spirit of America trolley complies with all FMVSS regulations and has Altoona testing certification in
the 7 Year / 200,000 mile category. Currently the trolley is only offered with a Cummins diesel engine
but Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) will be an option this fall.

With new dealers throughout the United States and Canada, demonstrations are available near or at
your facility.

Contact Specialty Vehicles to schedule one today!

CTAA EXPO 2017

The Spirit of America Low-Floor Trolley

The Spirit of America Low-Floor Trolley

March 2017 – Spirit of America Trolley Introduced by Specialty Vehicles

The Spirit of America (SOA), a low floor trolley distributed exclusively by ..

The Spirit of America (SOA), a low floor trolley distributed exclusively by Specialty Vehicles, is complete and finished its maiden drive south to the state of Florida. For two weeks, the trolley traveled the southern portion of the state visiting Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando. 

The trolley was greatly received and admired by many city officials and private companies who are interested in the low floor style, authentic aesthetics and medium duty transit capabilities. “People were most impressed with the two rooftop 100,000 BTU air conditioners, the ease of ramp operation and the kneeling capability,” added Nancy Munoz, Specialty Vehicles CEO, who traveled with the SOA during its debut. 

The Altoona-tested Spirit of America Trolley is manufactured by ARBOC Specialty Vehicles in Middlebury, IN and is backed by Freightliner Custom Chassis. It is easily serviced and has unparalleled reliability, which makes it the best choice for a low floor trolley in any fleet of vehicles. The unmatched floorplan flexibility offers up to thirty-seven passengers and six wheelchair positions. Featuring a single-level floor and no entry step, this trolley is equally accessible for all passengers. Most importantly, the dedicated low floor chassis is NOT modified during the manufacturing and comes with a full Freightliner chassis warranty.

The Spirit of America Trolley will continue touring the south over the next few weeks.  For more information on the Spirit of America Trolley or scheduling a demo at your location, please contact Nancy Munoz at 1-800-784-8726 or nancy.munoz@specialtyvehicles.com.

About Specialty Vehicles

Since 1982, Specialty Vehicles has been the premier provider of the most diversified line of transportation vehicles in the world, including specialty trolleys, trams, mini-trams and buses. As a woman owned corporation, Specialty Vehicles is certified with the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and is certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise with the Nevada Unified Certification Program as well as the North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency. In 2012, Specialty Vehicles was awarded the SBA Nevada Small Business of the Year. This family owned and operated company resides in Henderson, Nevada. Learn more at www.specialtyvehicles.com

About ARBOC Specialty Vehicles LLC

 Founded in 2008, ARBOC Specialty Vehicles LLC is a pioneer in low-floor technology and the industry leader in the development and manufacture of low-floor technology up to 34’. Through its four key product offerings, the Spirit of Mobility, Spirit of Freedom, Spirit of Independence and Spirit of Liberty, ARBOC offers low-floor paratransit products that serve a variety of industries and applications as well as meet and exceed 2014-2018 federal fuel economy standards. Learn more at www.ARBOCsv.com

February 2017 – City of Miami Beach Starts Operating 14 New Specialty Vehicles Trolleys

City of Miami Beach Starts Operating 14 New Specialty Vehicles Trolleys January ..

City of Miami Beach Starts Operating 14 New Specialty Vehicles Trolleys

January 2017 – Miami, FL – Limousines of South Florida has taken delivery of fourteen (14) new Specialty Vehicles trolleys on behalf of the City of Miami Beach. Limousines of South Florida is the owner and operator of these units for a contract with the City of Miami Beach.

These trolleys will be used to extend the Collins Link, a portion of the trolley service that includes Collins Avenue, Indian Creek Drive, Indian Beach Park, Beach View Park, Allison Park, Brandshell Park and North Shore Park.

“Today obviously we’re excited to announce what we call the Collins Link, which will accompany our fleet of trolleys and bridge the connection, literally, our trolley services now will run from 5th Street to as far north as 88th Street,” said Jimmy L. Morales, City Manager for the City of Miami Beach, at the ribbon cutting for the new vehicles in November.

The new trolleys are 30’ front engine vehicles built on MB65 Freightliner chassis and feature a Cummins engine and Allison transmission. The front and rear air suspension features a fast fill kneeling system for a lower first step height at the entry door for easier loading and unloading. These trolleys also come ADA equipped with a W/C lift and a bike rack mounted to the cow catcher.

These trolleys operate Monday to Saturday, 6AM to midnight and on Sundays from 8AM to midnight. They are free to ride.

For more information on all types of trolleys, contact Nancy Munoz at Specialty Vehicles at nancy.munoz@specialtyvehicles.com or 1-800-784-8726.