Founded by Robert E. and Justine Matthews, Matthews Buses, Inc. became the Upstate New York authorized distributor for Thomas Built Buses on March 1, 1967. That year, Bob sold Matthews Auto Body and moved the family from Long Island to Dansville, New York. A pilot since the age of 16, Bob selected Dansville because of the convenient private airport that became home to the original Matthews Buses facility. Bob utilized the convenience of his airplane to cover the large Upstate New York territory. Bob routinely demonstrated the durability, reliability and safety that go into every Thomas Built Bus by flying customers to the factory. These legendary trips are still spoken of today.
Bob and Justine formed The Matthews Group, Inc., in 1985. Rifled Air Conditioning, Matthews Specialty Vehicles and Matthews Mobile Media soon followed as members of The Matthews Group. Under the leadership of Glenn Matthews, President, Matthews Buses, Inc., . in August 2008, we became the Thomas Built Buses Dealer for Central and Northern Florida, based out of Orlando. In February 2009, we added the Hudson Valley region the remainder of our Upstate New York State territory for Thomas Built Buses based out of Maybrook. In October 2011, Matthews became the exclusive Thomas Built Bus Dealer for the entire state of Florida, adding the final 16 counties in south Florida. In July of 2011 Matthews moved its’ Florida operations to a new state of the art facility located at 4802 West Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL.
Matthews Buses has also been in the business of meeting commercial bus customers vehicle needs including airport shuttle, retirement home, health care, government agency, church and MFSAB buses, since 1974. Matthews’ commercial bus offerings include the complete Startrans Bus, Goshen Coach, Ameritrans, Elkhart Coach and Thomas Built Buses, Inc. line-up of products, including special needs buses in a variety of sizes.
Matthews offers Sales and Service facilities in Syracuse, Dansville, Ballston Spa and Maybrook, New York and Orlando, Florida, with technicians who are Thomas Built, Mercedes, Caterpillar, Cummins, Freightliner and Allison Transmission trained and certified. The Company’s large fleet of mobile service vehicles throughout NY and FL successfully meet the needs of our customers, earning us a reputation for providing great service when you need it. All part of the “Matthews Service Advantage” our customers have grown to trust.
Rifled Air Conditioning represents a strategic component within the Matthews Group. Founded in 1994 by Brad Matthews. RAC was the first to bring grooved copper coiled technology to the bus industry. The design of the coils increase the surface area by 50 percent – cooling with greater efficiency – benefiting our great customers. RAC’s 55,000-square-foot facility located in High Point, NC is ideally suited to serve the needs of bus customers throughout the United States. In addition to manufacturing and installing the best working air coditioning systems, RAC also offers pre-delivery services, Department of Education initial inpections, GPS system installations, Seon Camera installation services and more.
Matthews Buses has grown to be one of the largest bus dealers in the U.S. and Rifled Air Conditioning’s top distributors – both companies are recognized as innovative leaders. Our A/C parts warehouse offers bus customers the largest dedicated bus a/c parts inventory with the lowest “all makes” replacement parts pricing in the industry.