Tyrone firm TBC Conversions secures £3.5m minibuses deal
TBC Conversions, a subsidiary of motor dealer Donnelly Group, has won a £3.5m contract for 60 wheelchair accessible minibuses in Leeds.
The Dungannon-based company, which specialises in converting vehicles for wheelchair drivers and passengers, will supply and convert a series of new model Volkswagen Crafter vehicles for Leeds City Council to transport residents with limited mobility.
The 15-seater vehicles will be converted to enable a combination of up to 14 quick release passenger seats or five wheelchairs. TBC said the deal has created employment for six new technicians at the firm, bringing its workforce to 61.
Managing director David Donnell said: "This is a large contract and work began right away with the first vehicle scheduled for delivery by the end of April.
"Prior to being awarded this contract, TBC Conversions employed 55 technicians with specialist skills at our locations in Dungannon and Birkenhead, but we have now recruited a further six technicians."
Mr Donnell said the Co Tyrone operation had been in competition with a number of firms for the lucrative contract.
"TBC Conversions is the only company in Northern Ireland to have attained the Volkswagen commercial vehicles recognised convertor status," he added.
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"This, coupled with our engineering experience and ability to deliver all elements of a brief on time and on budget, means that we are trusted by manufacturers and customers alike."
The managing director said passengers with limited mobility will benefit from an electric cantilever step at the side entry door, while wheelchair users will be able to alight and disembark via a 500kg internal wheelchair lift fitted at the rear doors.