Over the course of more than 50 years, Collins bus company has become the largest bus manufacturer of Type A, MFSAB, daycare and multi-purpose buses in North America. Driven by innovation and engineered to set the industry standard, Collins has earned a road-tested reputation for safety and dependability.

Take a trip through our history and discover why Collins has been
a leader in the market for more than half a century.


Founded in Kansas City, MO by Don Collins Sr. as E-CON-O Conversion, the company develops and builds the first Type A school bus


E-CON-O moves to Hutchinson, KS as Collins Industry.


Collins becomes the first bus company to develop and produce a special needs Type A school bus.


Collins designs and builds the industry’s first child-care specific, 14 passenger multi-function school activity bus (MFSAB).


Collins offers the largest selection of Type A product lines in the industry.

2000 to present

Among all North American bus manufacturers, Collins establishes and maintains the largest Type A distribution organization.

2003 to present

Collins is purchased by REV Group and joins a family of 28 brands that’s over 240,000 vehicles strong.


Collins becomes the first bus company in the industry to produce a Type A propane school bus.


Collins offers the industry’s largest chassis inventory of Type A products, ensuring an unrivaled lead time compared to other bus manufacturers.

2009 to present

Collins introduces the first OEM Type A compressed natural gas school bus to the market.


Collins becomes the largest North American manufacturer of the Type A school bus as well as MFSAB and multi-purpose vehicles.

2012 to present

All Collins school bus products are Altoona tested

2012 to present

Now offering Ford E-Transit


Collins Bus is purchased by Forest River Bus