WATERBURY – Things just keep getting better and better at All-Star Transportation.
Twenty-five years after it was put into service, All-Star Transportation’s terminal in New Milford underwent renovations this summer. And in Monroe, the company constructed an entirely new facility on 12.5-acre lot in that town’s industrial park.
“Our goal is to provide our employees with the best possible facilities, and so we have embarked on an ambitious effort to renovate or build new wherever possible,” says John Dufour, All-Star Transportation president. “Our facilities reflect who we are, and that is a high-quality, top-notch school transportation company that is focused on quality and safety.”
The Monroe facility was completed just in time for the start of the new school year and features a new terminal office building and ample parking for the transportation fleet and employee parking.
“The employees at the Monroe terminal of All-Star Transportation are ecstatic and are loving their new home,” says Mike Lawlor, manager at the Monroe location. “After years of operating out of the old, drafty and outdated Bus Barn on Purdy Hill Road and then the temporary trailer on Main Street, we have moved into our new building and lot. The newly built facility at 34 Enterprise Drive is modern and very spacious. It contains a kitchen area, conference room and plenty of storage room. Items we have not had the pleasure of in the past. This is a great new base of operations to service the school system for the town of Monroe.”
In New Milford, the building was repainted and new landscaping was planted, giving the exterior a refreshed look. The All-Star sign was repainted and new gutters also were installed.
Inside, even more work was done. New floors and ceiling tiles were installed, and new furniture was added as all office space was upgraded. There’s a new door and window for the dispatch office, making it easier for drivers and the dispatcher to talk. Storage space was improved, and the restrooms were redone. New, efficient lighting was installed, and a fresh coat of paint was applied throughout the interior.
In the shop, a bigger parts room and manager’s offer were created. The changing room and men’s room were also separated to create two individual spaces. And coming soon for the entire facility is a new air conditioning system.
“Everyone likes what was done,” says New Milford Manager Jeff Woods. “It’s a big improvement.”
In previous years, the terminals in Harwinton/Burlington and Washington were renovated to provide new modern work spaces. The new Harwinton/Burlington terminal opened in January 2015, while the renovated Washington terminal opened in the fall of that same year.
Looking to the future, Dufour says, “More renovations are on the way.” The next project, he says, will be a new facility to replace the current one in Prospect, and next year the terminal in Seymour will be renovated.
“We’re growing, changing and constantly improving as we enhance our workplace safety,” Dufour says.