How Krapf Became One of the Most Trusted Names in Transportation
It is a story as American as apple pie and Main Street parades.
The year was 1942. A local school district, needing someone to transport students to its high school, turned to George Krapf, Jr., owner of the local gas station and a highly regarded mechanic, but, more importantly, one of the community’s most respected leaders.
George accepted the offer and set about stripping two dump trucks down to their frames and driver’s seats. He and a companion drove the “vehicles” to Mitchell, IN, where bus bodies were applied to the frames, and then drove them back to Pennsylvania.
For all intents and purposes, George Krapf, Jr. & Sons, Inc. was born.
That first school district – now known as Downingtown Area School District – remains a customer of Krapf School Bus to this day. As a matter of fact, so does the second district George soon contracted with – Twin Valley.
Together with his wife and co-founder Eleanor “Grammie” Krapf, who would become the second woman in Pennsylvania to drive a school bus, the Krapfs took the wheel of what has become a remarkable success story.
More than 70 years later, a third generation of Krapf family members is helping to drive an enterprise that operates more than 1,300 school buses in three states, and safely transports more than 95,000 students – including thousands of special needs children – each day during the school year. That equates to more than 20 million miles annually!
And just as important to the Krapf family is the fact that the company also boasts second and third generation employees in what is truly a family-friendly environment.