Motorcoach

Northfield Lines named METRO’s ‘Operator of the Year’

Posted on March 1, 2012

METRO publisher Frank DiGiacomo presented the award to John Benjamin and Larry Benjamin's family at the United Motorcoach Association's 2012 Motorcoach Expo in Long Beach, Calif., in February.
METRO publisher Frank DiGiacomo presented the award to John Benjamin and Larry Benjamin's family at the United Motorcoach Association's 2012 Motorcoach Expo in Long Beach, Calif., in February.

METRO Magazine recently chose brothers John and Larry Benjamin, owners of Northfield, Minn.-based Northfield Lines, as its 2012 Motorcoach Operator of the Year to honor their exceptional achievements in the industry. METRO publisher Frank DiGiacomo presented the award to John Benjamin and Larry Benjamin’s family at the United Motorcoach Association’s (UMA) 2012 Motorcoach Expo in Long Beach, Calif., in February.

Larry, who passed away last November, had initially forged a career in the restaurant business, was successful in car sales, and drove a school bus route before taking over a local school bus and motorcoach operation in 1989. He brought John, an electrical engineer at the time, on board to help him run the business. “We really didn’t have prior bus experience before that,” John recalls. “He was looking for a different type of business to get into.”

Eventually, the brothers grew the operation, providing premium motorcoach, charter, shuttle, and daily route service to a varied customer base throughout Minnesota. In February, 2011, they were named “Business People of the Year” by the Northfield (Minnesota) Chamber of Commerce.

Deeply involved in the industry, Larry served on the UMA since 2005, and on the International Motorcoach Group board of directors. John Benjamin has served on the Minnesota School Bus Operators Association since 2004 and won the National School Transportation Association Golden Merit Award in 2002.

What makes Northfield successful, John Benjamin says, is the diversification in the business, with a customer base running the gamut from corporate employees and convention customers, high school and college transportation to wedding bus shuttles.
What makes Northfield successful, John Benjamin says, is the diversification in the business, with a customer base running the gamut from corporate employees and convention customers, high school and college transportation to wedding bus shuttles.

What makes Northfield successful, John says, is the diversification in the business, with a customer base running the gamut from corporate employees and convention customers, high school and college transportation to wedding bus shuttles. “We hit every different type of customer that you can have in the motorcoach business,” he says. Northfield also diversifies its equipment, offering vehicles ranging in variety from 56-passenger motorcoaches to mini-vans, with a fleet mix of Van Hools, MCIs, Setras and even one Mercedes-Benz Sprinter minibus.

To see where Northfield Lines ranked in METRO's Top 50 Motorcoach Fleets survey, click here.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

UMA unveils revised website

The goal with its new site is to provide a more functional and interactive place for members and the general public to learn about the motorcoach industry and have access to resources.

ABA sets date for first Capitol Hill Fly-In

The May 4th event will provide ABA members an opportunity to meet with their elected legislative officials and staff and discuss the important issues facing the motorcoach, travel and tourism industries today.

MCI delivers 4 J4500s to Dallas operator

The move marks a first in coaches for AJL International Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation, which enhances its 20-year highly successful business in corporate ground transportation.

FMCSA seeks input on state annual inspection programs for motorcoaches, passenger vans

Plans to assess the risks associated with improperly maintained or inspected passenger-carrying CMVs by reviewing the effectiveness of existing federal inspection standards that are applicable and considering the costs and benefits of having a mandatory inspection.

Motorcoach sales up in 4th quarter of 2015, according to ABA Foundation

Altogether in 2015, there were 1,599 private sector and 542 public sector sales as compared to 1,411 private sector and 355 public sector sales in 2014.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close