Grenda Corporation

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Grenda Corporation
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Founded October 1945
Defunct December 2011
Headquarters Dandenong
Service area South-Eastern Melbourne
Service type Former bus & coach operator

Grenda Corporation was an Australian bus and coach operator. It formerly owned Grenda Transit and the Volgren bus body building business.

History[edit]

Grenda's Bus Services was founded in October 1945 when George Grenda purchased four routes from Shaves Bus Service in Dandenong.[1]

Over the years a number of acquisitions were made:

  • Dandenong Boomerang Bus Lines in July 1951[2]
  • Peninsula Bus Lines, Seaford in August 1958[2]
  • O Bridges in the early 1960s[2]
  • H Glenny in June 1965[2]
  • Blue Line Tourist Coaches, Sydney was purchased in 1973, sold along with Grenda's Melbourne coach operation to AAT Kings in 1975
  • Portsea Passenger Service in February 1983[3]
  • Blue & Silver Bus Lines, Camden Bus Lines, Hampton Green, Hampton Red, Sandringham Bus Co & Southland Bus Service in 1988 to form Moorabbin Transit[4][5]
  • Berwick Bus Lines in June 1996, amalgamated with Grenda Bus Service's Pakenham depot to form Cardinia Transit[6][7]
  • Frankston Passenger Service in 2002, amalgamated with Peninsula Bus Lines
  • Blue Ridge Coaches in January 2006, amalgamated with Peninsula Bus Lines[8]
  • Hastings Coaches in April 2008, amalgamated with Peninsula Bus Lines[8]
  • Invicta Bus Services, Lilydale in 2009

In 1977 bodybuilder Volgren was formed in Dandenong.[9] Because Grenda held the Volvo Buses dealership in Victoria, only chassis from this manufacturer were bodied until 1989 when the dealership was relinquished.[10]

In 1995 Grenda Corporation formed Australian Transit Enterprises, a joint venture with Hornibrook Bus Lines and Kefford Corporation that operates SouthLink in Adelaide and Path Transit in Perth.[11][12][13]

In November 2011 Grenda Transit (bus operations) was purchased by Ventura Bus Lines.[14][15] In December 2011 Volgren was sold to Brazilian bus manufacturer Marcopolo.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Manufacturing Quality Buses Since 1978 Grenda Corporation
  2. ^ a b c d Melbourne Metropolitan Bus Operators and Fleet Listings. Melbourne: Bus & Coach Society of Victoria. 1991. p. 20. 
  3. ^ "Victorian Buses in the Eighties" Australian Bus Panorama 6/2 September 1990 page 13
  4. ^ "Industry Rationalisation" Australian Bus Panorama 4/5 March 1989 page 13
  5. ^ "Victorian Buses in the Eighties" Australian Bus Panorama 7/1 August 1991 page 5
  6. ^ "Cardinia Transit" Australian Bus Panorama 12/1 August 1996 page 36
  7. ^ "Cardinia Transit" Fleetline November 1996 page 206
  8. ^ a b Grenda Corporation Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  9. ^ Victorian Government Manufacturing Hall of Fame Volgren Australia Pty Ltd - 2006 Inductee Greater Dandenong
  10. ^ "Industry News" Australian Bus Panorama 4/6 May 1989 page 5
  11. ^ "Australian Transit Enterprises" Australian Bus Panorama 15/5 April 2000 page 32
  12. ^ History Archived 25 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine. SouthLink
  13. ^ Home Path Transit
  14. ^ Grenda Announcement 18/11/2011 Archived 2 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Grenda Corporation 18 November 2011
  15. ^ The man with the golden handshake The Australian 10 March 2012
  16. ^ Volgren Press Release Volgren 13 December 2011