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Collins Industries

Collins Industries
Industry Manufacturing (Transportation)
Founded 1971
Headquarters 15 Compound Drive
Hutchinson, Kansas, 67502
Number of locations
Area served
North America
Products school buses
special-purpose vehicles
Owner Allied Specialty Vehicles
Number of employees
Parent Allied Specialty Vehicles
Subsidiaries Collins Bus Corporation
Mid Bus Corporation
Corbeil Bus Corporation

Collins Industries is a Hutchinson, Kansas company that specializes in manufacturing of Type A school buses, and also manufactures ambulances and other special-purpose vehicles. The company was founded in 1971 and as of 1998 it was made up of four subsidiaries: Collins Bus Corporation, Wheeled Coach Industries, Inc.; World Trans, Inc. and Capacity of Texas, Inc.[1] Collins purchased manufacturer Mid Bus in 1998, and the assets of Canada-based manufacturer Corbeil Bus Corporation in 2007. Since October 2006 Collins has been an 80-percent owned subsidiary of BNS Holding Inc.[2] The company has about 900 employees, in three manufacturing facilities.[2]

Collins was purchased by American Industrial Partners, an investment group. In 2010, AIP combined Collins with Fleetwood Enterprises. E-One, and Halcore Group to form Allied Specialty Vehicles.[3]


  • Products 1
    • School Buses 1.1
    • Commercial Buses 1.2
      • World Trans, Inc. 1.2.1
    • Ambulances and Specialty Vehicles 1.3
      • Wheeled Coach Industries 1.3.1
      • Capacity of Texas 1.3.2
      • Lay-Mor 1.3.3
    • Retired Vehicles 1.4
  • External links 2
  • References 3


School Buses

Collins sells its buses under the Collins Bus, Mid Bus, and Corbeil names, with minor design differences in each line. All models are available on Ford or GM cutaway chassis.

On March 29, 2012, Collins released a new bus model, replacing the Collins Bantam series, the Mid Bus Guide series, and the Corbeil Quantam series of bus products. Now, all companies share the bus model name.[4] The first Nexbus product came off of the Collins assembly line on May 16, 2012.[5]

Nexbus SRW- A single rear wheel version of the Nexbus.[6]

Nexbus DRW- A dual rear wheel version of the Nexbus [6]

Nexbus Hybrid- A hybrid version of the Nexbus. It is available only on the Ford E-450 chassis. It was built in conjunction with Azure Dynamics.[7]

Nexbus Propane- A propane fueled version of the Nexbus. It is available only on a GM chassis. It was built in conjunction with Clean Fuel USA.[8]

Nexbus CNG

Commercial Buses

World Trans, Inc.

Based in Hutchinson, Kansas, World Trans is a manufacturer of commercial and shuttle buses.[9]

Ambulances and Specialty Vehicles

Wheeled Coach Industries

Wheeled Coach is the world's largest manufacturer of ambulances and emergency service vehicles.[10]

  • Custom Series- Type I and Type III models
  • FireMedic Series- Type I and Type III models
  • Medic Series- CitiMedic Plus and Crusader Plus models

Capacity of Texas

Based in Longview, Texas, Capacity is the only U.S.-based manufacturer of terminal tractors. Originally known as "Trailer Jockey", Capacity was acquired by Collins in 1984[11]


Based in Longview, Texas, Lay-Mor manufactures walk-behind and drive-on street sweepers. Purchased by Collins in 2000.

Retired Vehicles

Bantam - A Collins bus model that was replaced by the Nexbus SRW. Single rear wheel bus available in capacities of up to 20 passengers. Known as the Guide by Midbus and the Quantam by Corbeil.

Bantam 422 - Another Collins bus model that was replaced by the Nexbus SRW. Single rear wheel bus available in capacities of up to 20 passengers. Known as the Quantam 422 by Corbeil.

Grand Bantam - A Collins product replaced by the Nexbus DRW. Dual rear wheel bus available in capacities of up to 35 passengers. Known as the Grand Guide by Mid Bus and the Grand Quantam by Corbeil.

Super Bantam - Another Collins bus model replaced by the Nexbus DRW. Dual rear wheel bus available in capacities of up to 30 passengers. Known as the Super Guide by Mid Bus and the Super Quantam by Corbeil.

External links

  • Company website
  • Collins Bus Corp.
  • Corbeil Bus Corp.
  • Mid Bus Corp.
  • Wheeled Coach Ambulances
  • World Trans
  • Capacity Trucks


  1. ^ Dinnell, Dave (November 6, 1998). "Collins opens $1.1 million facility".  
  2. ^ a b "Investor Relations". Collins Industries. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 
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  9. ^ this shows World Trans's corporate information as their webpage seems to be down
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  11. ^ Corporate website with basic history.
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