Krapf’s Family Values

Truly, Krapf Lives Its Family Values

Dallas Krapf was driving a Krapf school bus on the day the planes hit the Twin Towers. At the time he was 54, co-owner of the Krapf Bus Companies – an enterprise with over 1,000 employees – and in his 30th year with the company.

Yet Dallas, like his fellow co-owner and brother Dale, still had his CDL and was still ready to pitch in whenever the need arose.

That’s how it is in a family business. It’s about passion. Commitment. Never forgetting your roots. And doing whatever it takes.

More than ever, the Krapf Companies are a family enterprise. Not only have we handed the torch to a third generation of family leadership, but five of George and Eleanor’s grandchildren have been active in the business for over 20 years. And in what is truly reflective of our family culture, we are now welcoming fourth generation employees into the fold.

Krapf Bus Companies' Vision

Provide the best passenger transportation anytime, anywhere.

Krapf Bus Companies' Mission Statement

Building on our reputation for superior passenger transportation, everyone within the Krapf Bus Companies is committed to providing safe, high quality, reliable service. Each of us recognizes the importance of fulfilling every customer's changing transportation needs. We will continue to develop and grow our company, strengthen our position of leadership, and implement efficient solutions to the dynamic challenges of our industry.

Krapf Bus Companies' Core Values

Commitment: Dedication, Innovation, Discipline, Lead by Example

Open Communication: Clarity, Listen, Honesty, Teamwork

Respect Others: Integrity, Trust, Compassion, Consistency

Excellent Service: Safety, High Quality, Professionalism, Positive Attitude


Why Krapf?

Krapf School Bus is the most trusted family in student transportation. Three generations of Krapf family members have worked to provide school bus transportation services – often including special needs transportation – in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia.

After more than 70 years, Krapf School Bus has become the largest family owned school bus contractor in the nation. That “family” approach extends to our associates, as reflected in our many second- and third-generation employees, as well as to our school district partners.

And while we’re literally one of thousands of mom ’n pop school bus contractors in the U.S., we are also large enough and professional enough to provide the confidence and comfort you want, while maintaining the small-company intimacy that allows you to pick up the phone and speak to an owner as the need arises.

Our family-centered approach results in an unparalleled degree of continuity, experience and a company-wide commitment to the kinds of values that lead to lasting partnerships. Consider this: The first district we ever contracted with – Downingtown Area School District in Chester County, PA – remains a Krapf School Bus partner to this day. As does the second – Twin Valley, also in Chester County.

Krapf School Bus has twice been named National Contractor of the Year by National School Bus Fleet. As an early pioneer in reducing school bus emissions, we were the first recipient of the National School Transportation Association’s “Go Yellow, Go Green Award.” And we are particularly proud of our U.S. Department of Transportation Safety Award.

Moreover, Dale Krapf, is past president of the National School Transportation Association board of directors, and Blake and Brad Krapf are currently members of the board.

All told, Krapf School Bus operates more than 1,300 school buses in three states and safely transports more than 95,000 students each day during the school year, which equates to more than 20 million total miles driven annually. And we do it with one of the safest records in the industry.


Company History – An American Success Story

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 makes us the largest private contractor in America.

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.

Operations Excellence and the “Krapf Way”

Our Road Map to Success

The Krapf Companies aspire to be great and are smart enough to realize that aspiration alone is not enough to make sure we reach our destination.

So to achieve greatness, we have created a plan, a road map, for turning these aspirational objectives into operational realities day after day and year after year.

We call it Operations Excellence, a program that creates a consistent, measurable and repeatable “Krapf Way” of conducting business at every Krapf location, on every Krapf vehicle, and in every Krapf interaction.

Operations Excellence is based on four pillars: Customer Focus, Employee Focus, Service Focus, and Financial Performance Focus. By ensuring excellence in each of these pillars, the company-wide pursuit of greatness is assured.

The program simplifies and prioritizes responsibilities. It elevates the quality of our operations, maintenance and safety. It provides opportunities for employees. And it ensures best practices from Delaware to Chicago and any community we serve.

A Commitment to the Environment

The Krapf Companies: Recognized Environmental Leaders

Our green objective is simple: The Krapf Companies seek to operate our fleets with as little impact on the environment as possible.

It was back in 2003 that the companies decided to pursue the green objective with great gusto – not because doing so promised an economic payback, but because minimizing emissions, while conserving energy, was the right thing to do…for the planet and for our children.

The company attacks this goal on numerous fronts: from state-of-the-art emission control technology, to strict enforcement of our anti-idling policy…from promoting more efficient routing and optimized capacity, to heating buildings with recycled drain oil…from operating on the maximum diesel blend allowed by the fleet’s original equipment manufacturers, to recycling everything from batteries and oil filters to soda cans, refrigerant and various metals.

The company is so far ahead of the industry that the National School Transportation Association presented Krapf School Bus with the inaugural  “Go Yellow, Go Green Award” for demonstrating “superior commitment in pursuing positive responses to growing environmental concerns.”