A vehicle conversion company based in Northern Ireland has won a contract from Leeds City Council to provide 60 wheelchair accessible minibuses.
TBC Conversions Ltd won the competitive tender process and is now tasked with supplying and converting the new model Volkswagen Crafter vehicles to be used by the council for the transport of local residents with limited mobility.
TBC has taken on six new technicians to support the contract, bringing its total number of employees to 61.
David Donnell, managing director of TBC Conversions Ltd, said: “TBC Conversions is the only company in Northern Ireland to have attained the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Recognised Convertor status.
“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.
“Along with companies from right across the UK, TBC Conversions was invited by Leeds City Council to tender for this significant contract and we are therefore delighted to have been selected as the partner for this project.”
The 15 passenger seat Volkswagen Crafter minibuses to be supplied to the council are currently being converted to give the customer the flexibility of having a combination of up to 14 quick release passenger seats or five wheelchairs in the rear of the vehicle.
Passengers with limited mobility will find the electric cantilever step at the side entry door an added bonus for getting in and out of the vehicle and wheelchair users will be able to alight and disembark via the 500kg internal wheelchair lift fitted at the rear doors.
Based in a purpose-built factory in Dungannon, TBC Conversions Ltd converts vehicles for wheelchair drivers and passengers, as well as minibuses and taxis for the commercial and public sector, in addition to specialist conversions for corporates which may have requirements such as in-vehicle shelving, refrigeration, glazing, internal electrics or ply-lining.
Mr Donnell added: “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 personnel at our locations in Dungannon and Birkenhead, but we have now recruited a further six technicians.”