Tim Birnie

Birnie Bus sold to Pa. company

Published Jun 16, 2017 at 11:25am

Birnie Bus Service is now part of the Krapf Bus Companies, the two companies announced late Thursday.

The Rome company will become the largest division of the Pennsylvania-based Krapf.

Birnie Bus operates 1,000 vehicles including school buses, transit and para-transit vehicles, and commercial motor coaches. Combined, the Krapf enterprise will operate 2,500 school buses across four states — New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia.

“The Birnie name and brand will continue unchanged, and no jobs will be affected,” said Tim Birnie, president and chief executive officer of Birnie Bus. “We are both lean organizations and we need and want everyone to stay.”

“Birnie Bus is a great bus company and a great fit for us,” said Blake Krapf, president and CEO of Krapf Bus.

“They are family-owned and run like us. Their core values are much like ours. And they are widely-recognized as being an excellent service provider. We are very proud to have them join the Krapf organization,” Krapf added.

“It is important to me that Birnie Bus is in good hands — including our customers, our employees and our reputation,” Birnie said.

“While I will be joining the Krapf Board of Directors in a more strategic role, I am delighted that the Krapfs will not only be taking charge, but will be taking Birnie Bus to whole new levels in the years ahead.”

The change in ownership became effective Wednesday. The Krapf organization now employs over 3,000 people.

“We are very proud to have Birnie Bus become part of the Krapf Bus family,” said Dale Krapf, chairman of the Krapf Board of Directors. “Birnie has a very strong management and employee team, a great customer base, and a fine reputation. We expect a very bright future working together.”

Birnie Bus Service operates out of 248 Otis St. in the Griffiss Business and Technology Park. It transports over two million passengers and travels over 700 million miles annually. The company began in 1947 when Martin K. Birnie joined his brother-in-law Martin J. Nunn, a local undertaker, to operate three school buses and two charter coaches. Tim Birnie, Martin’s son, joined the family business in 1979.