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ABC Companies and VDL Groep Forge Strategic Partnership to Revolutionize Transportation Industry


This partnership not only enhances our capabilities but also aligns with our commitment to innovation, customer service, and quality.

Roman Cornell, CEO of ABC Companies

ABC Companies has announced a significant development in the transportation sector with the strategic acquisition of the Van Hool motorcoach division by VDL Groep. This acquisition, combined with a 10-year exclusive distribution agreement, is set to transform and enhance the offerings and capabilities of both companies, driving innovation and sustainability in the industry.

Top left: Willem van der Leegte, President & CEO of VDL Groep and Dane Cornell, ABC Companies’ Board of Directors Executive Chairman
Below left: Rémi Henkemans, Senior Vice President of VDL Groep and Roman Cornell, Chief Executive Officer of ABC Companies

VDL Groep, a distinguished international industrial family business, was founded in 1953 and is headquartered in Brainport Eindhoven, Netherlands. With about 15,000 employees and a presence in 19 countries, VDL brings extensive experience and stability to the motorcoach market. The Van Hool brand and its current models will now be part of the VDL portfolio, which already includes a wide range of motorcoach and transit/low-floor offerings.

Roman Cornell, CEO of ABC Companies, emphasized the strategic importance of this partnership: “The acquisition and continued collaboration with VDL Groep represent a pivotal evolution for ABC Companies. This partnership not only enhances our capabilities but also aligns with our commitment to innovation, customer service, and quality. We are dedicated to meeting the evolving needs of our customers, and this alliance reinforces our role as industry leaders in supporting advanced transportation technologies.”

VDL Groep is celebrated for its commitment to innovation and sustainability, viewing this acquisition as an opportunity to extend its reach and impact in the transportation industry. Willem van der Leegte, President and CEO of VDL Groep, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership: “Our mission extends beyond manufacturing advanced vehicles; we are dedicated to improving connectivity and environmental sustainability through our products. Partnering with ABC Companies leads to strength through cooperation for both companies in terms of markets and product portfolios.”

The integration of the Van Hool brand under VDL ownership is designed to be seamless for all customers. The focus is on maintaining business as usual while embracing VDL’s enhanced capabilities and innovations. This strategic alliance underscores ABC Companies’ resilience and adaptability, enhancing its ability to lead with innovation, quality, and a customer-focused approach.

ABC Companies is known for its comprehensive support to the transportation industry, offering a full spectrum of products and services. These include new and pre-owned full-size highway coach equipment, transit specialty vehicles, and battery electric vehicles. Additionally, ABC Companies provides a robust after-sales service network for repairs, collision services, and extensive parts needs through strategically placed locations across the U.S. and Canada. Financial services, including private and municipal financing and leasing options, are also available through its financial services group, one of the largest providers within the industry.

VDL Groep operates more than 100 closely cooperating companies, each with its own specialization. Their activities span the high-tech, mobility, energy, infrastructure, and food tech sectors. This extensive network and diverse expertise further enhance the potential benefits of the partnership with ABC Companies.

As ABC Companies integrates the VDL-owned Van Hool brand, it remains committed to a seamless transition for all customers. It will maintain business continuity while embracing VDL’s enhanced capabilities and innovations. This strategic alliance signifies a major step forward, reinforcing ABC Companies’ leadership in the transportation industry through innovation, quality, and a customer-focused approach.

For more information, visit ABC Companies and VDL Groep. For press inquiries, please contact ABC Companies’ Thom Peebles at 1-800-222-2871 or 407-656-7977.

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