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Forest River Bus in Elkhart acquires Kansas bus maker

Elkhart-based Forest River Bus acquired Collins Bus in Hutchinson, Kansas.

“The addition of Collins Bus to the Forest River Bus family highlights another milestone in our overall growth and leadership,” said Pete Liegl, president and CEO of Forest River Inc., in a press release. “The performance of our bus and van division is a shining star for Forest River, and this acquisition raises an already high bar.”

Collins Bus was founded in 1967 in Kansas City, Missouri, and is known for its Type A school bus.

“This purchase combines the strengths and heritage of two industry leaders,” Forest River Bus President David Wright said. “Collins Bus has a remarkable history, unwavering commitment to quality, and a team of dedicated employees. We value their legacy and look forward to building on their success.”

Peter Liegl founded Forest River, which now is a Berkshire Hathaway company, in 1996. In 2011, it formed the Forest River Owners’ Group, which has more than 170,000 members today.


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