Arland Butler started Butler's Bus Service in 1949 using a pick-up truck that he also used for hauling milk cans to the local creamery. Arland attached a canopy on the back of the truck and installed some benches on both sides for the children to ride on. A few years later a state inspector came around and was very impressed with the arrangement. Butler's pick up was only the fourth vehicle in the state of Vermont to be inspected as a school bus.
The next year school directors asked Mr. Butler to add the children from Burton Hill to his route. Taking on the extra route Mr. Butler decided to buy a van to transport the kids. Mr. Butler bought his first big school bus in 1955 after someone else gave up their route and went on to take over Orleans and Barton routes a short time later. In 1967 Mr. Butler added a large garage and had grown to 23 buses.
In 1994 Mr. Butler sold Butlers Bus Service to Judith Currier and Gerald Chapdelaine. They were key employees who had worked for Mr. Butler for over 20 years. The pair started with a fleet of 23 buses and continued to give the same great service as Mr. Butler had for so many years.
In July 2006 Butler's was purchased by John Lyskawa and Emo Chynoweth.
John Lyskawa started in the transportation business in 1990 as administrative assistant to the CEO of Bruce Transportation Group. In 1999 he became the National School Bus Sales Manager for First Student. Emo Chynoweth has been in the transportation business since 1990. Emo has held various positions with Bruce Transportation and First Student. Positions held were Bus Driver, Maintenance Supervisor, Division Manger, Vermont Regional Manager, Business Development, and New Operations Start up Manager.
Both John and Emo in their positions of Start up manager included responsibility for the set up of all operational aspects of several school districts in New York, Louisiana, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Both worked with problem solving in the areas of driver training, maintenance scheduling, routing, driver relations and office procedures.
Butler's currently owns and operates a fleet of over 301 buses in six locations. These operational centers are in Orleans Vermont, Lyndonville Vermont, White River Junction Vermont, North Haverhill, Milford New Hampshire and Barnstead New Hampshire. Each location is fully staffed to provide full maintenance services, dispatching, driver development and on-site management for our customers.