Corbeil Bus Corporation

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Corbeil Bus Corporation
Subsidiary (Collins Bus Corporation)
Industry Transportation
Fate Withdrawn from production
Predecessor Les Enterprises Michel Corbeil, Inc.
Founded 2007
Defunct 2016 (2016)
Headquarters Hutchinson, Kansas, United States
Area served
Canada
United States
Products Buses (school buses)
Parent Collins Industries
Website http://www.corbeilbus.com

Corbeil is a trade name that has been used by manufacturers of bus bodies. From 1985 to 2007, Les Enterprises Michel Corbeil was a Canadian-based body manufacturer for school and commercial buses in St-Lin-Laurentides, Canada. In 2007, the company was acquired out of bankruptcy by Collins Industries and renamed Corbeil Bus Corporation. While serving as the Canadian equivalent of Collins Bus Corporation, manufacturing was shifted from Quebec to Hutchinson, Kansas.

Following the 2013 discontinuation of Mid Bus, Collins ended the use of the Corbeil name after 2015 in favor of using the Collins brand throughout North America.

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Les Enterprises Michel Corbeil[edit]

Les Enterprises Michel Corbeil
Industry Transportation
Fate Acquired by Collins Industries in 2007
Successor Corbeil Bus Corporation
Founded 1985
Founder Michel Corbeil
Defunct 2007
Headquarters St-Lin-Laurentides, Quebec.
Area served
Canada
United States
Products school buses
Website http://www.corbeilbus.com
A Corbeil Type A bus photographed in Canada.
Early 2000s Corbeil school bus in British Columbia, Canada

Les Enterprises Michel Corbeil is a former school and commercial bus manufacturer, based out of St-Lin-Laurentides, Canada.

Founded in 1985, the first Corbeil buses were produced in a 7,000-square-foot (650 m2) factory; 77 buses (all Type A school buses) were manufactured the first year. The factory was later moved to a 130,000-square-foot (12,000 m2) facility to increase production. In 1990, Corbeil added full-size buses along with dual-rear wheel Type A school buses.

Corbeil buses were known for utilizing lightweight components, allowing for many flexible floorplans. Being built in Canada, Corbeil made a bus that was resistant to winter conditions, which made it a popular bus not only in Canada, but in the Northeast United States, particularly New York.

Outside of Canada, Corbeil's largest dealers, were Don Brown Bus Sales of Johnstown, NY and Gorman Enterprises of Elma, NY. New York State made up the majority of Corbeil's overall sales in the United States.

In addition to Type A buses, Corbeil built Type C (conventional) and Type D (transit-style) buses. These were only sold in Canada, as Corbeil did not want to enter the highly competitive US market. Most conventionals were built on International chassis, but some Ford B-700 and Freightliner FS-65 chassis were supplied as well. Additionally, International supplied Type D chassis, but Corbeil was not allowed to sell their Type D buses in the United States because they would compete against similar products built by International's subsidiary, AmTran.

In September 2007, after a few years of declining business, Corbeil shut down operations, and Collins Bus Corporation purchased assets, including designs, naming rights, and warranty.

Corbeil Bus Corporation[edit]

After the acquisition in late 2007, Collins moved all Corbeil production from Quebec to their headquarters in Hutchinson, Kansas; this brought all Collins school bus production into one facility (Mid Bus production in Ohio was closed at the same time). During the late 2000s, the three Collins school bus brands sold a common product line differentiated largely by brand engineering with each brand are concentrated in different regions of North America so as not to directly compete with one another but as a whole against competitors like Blue Bird/Girardin, Starcraft, Thomas, and Trans Tech.

In 2013, Collins chose to consolidate its brands, withdrawing Mid Bus from production, and ending the use of the Corbeil brand in 2016 in favor of marketing the Collins brand in both the United States and Canada.

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