DATTCO Announces Acquisition of Flagship Trailways

Two well-known New England coach companies have become one.

DATTCO Motor Coach, a Connecticut-based coach and charter bus company, has acquired Rhode Island-based Flagship Trailways for an undisclosed amount in a July 1 deal.

Flagship Trailways’ coach service will operate under the DATTCO brand and company staff will remain in place, according to details of the agreement.

Announcing the acquisition on Facebook, DATTCO promised that Flagship customers can expect the same service, with some improvements.

“We have a long-standing business relationship with Flagship,” said Don DeVivo, president of DATTCO, based in New Britain, Connecticut.

‘In good hands’

The acquisition provides an exit strategy for Tom McCaughey, longtime president and CEO of Cranston, Rhode Island-based Flagship, who has become busier driving his collection of vintage buses in movies and TV shows. television.

Flagship Trailways has been providing motorcoach service to Rhode Island customers for over 25 years.

“As a family business, we appreciate the care and attention the DATTCO team will bring to this partnership and know this transition is in good hands,” said McCaughey.

The acquisition of Flagship Trailways will allow DATTCO to expand its services.

“We look forward to welcoming the flagship team to our DATTCO family and working with them to bring a broader array of transportation solutions to the Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts market,” said Dennis Lyons, vice -president of the Coach & Tour group of DATTCO, BristolPress.

Flagship Trailways has been providing motorcoach service to Rhode Island customers for over 25 years and will continue to operate from its current location in Cranston under new administration. Company staff will remain in place and Flagship drivers will continue to provide service to their customers, according to DATTCO.

The only immediate change will be that staff will switch to a new DATTCO uniform. Over time, Flagship would also be renamed to spotlight DATTCO’s big red bus.

Third Generation Carrier

DATTCO, a third-generation family business, was started by Louis DeVivo and his brother, Ed. The couple drove school buses part-time in the 1940s to supplement income from their family farm, which was started by their father, an Italian immigrant also named Louis.

Over the decades, the company has grown into one of the largest private coach operators in the country, employing over 1,800 people.

DATTCO not only offers charter trips, scheduled shuttle stops and other types of bus trips, but it also serves 29 school districts in Connecticut and Rhode Island, operating 1,400 school buses to transport more than 110,000 students each school day.

The company also operates training programs for commercial drivers and mechanics, fleet repair services, dealerships for Thermo King (which sells and services refrigeration for trucks and buses), a property management subsidiary and a distributor. wholesale of tools.

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