Back On The Road With ‘Transit USA Tour’

January 23, 2017

John-Paul Paonessa
Marketing Manager
(773) 524-2440

Freedman Seating Is Back On The Road With ‘Transit USA Tour’
Featuring the latest seating and transit-related products with safety and maintenance in mind.

Chicago, IL – Hot off the trail of last year’s 105-day, 20,000-mile ‘Rock N Rose’ tour, Freedman Seating is gearing up for the 2017 Transit USA Tour. A team of dedicated sales managers will be traveling across the US in a 2017 Ford™ Transit Wagon promoting the latest seating products with safety, comfort and maintenance at the forefront.

The Transit USA Tour kicks off mid-January in Elkhart, Indiana and makes its way to major OEMs, bus dealers, operators, and agencies across at least 40 states. The transit van will be displayed at various industry events and trade shows along the route.

We want influencers and people throughout the transit industry to sit in our seats and experience the product just as their customers would.

-Dan Cohen, President

Dave Rose will lead the second van tour with support from FSC’s dedicated and highly knowledgeable team of regional sales managers: Mike Beierschmitt, Jack Sullivan, Tamara Hobgood, and Bruce Amsterdam.

“This is a perfect opportunity to showcase new designs and safety features we’ve made standard across our product lines,” said Dan Cohen, President. “We want influencers and people throughout the transit industry to sit in our seats and experience the product just as their customers would,” he added.

The transit van is fitted with SmartFloor™ technology, a patented floor system available exclusively from TransitWorks that allows easy and quick moving of seats and wheelchair positions nearly anywhere within the van. Topping the innovative floor system is Altro’s Transflor. This highly resilient and durable vinyl floor features a quality wear layer, incorporating silicon carbide and aluminum oxide grains for slip resistance, enhancing passenger safety

A collection of transit-style passenger and driver seats will be fitted to the SmartFloor’s innovative seat bases, including:

  • Firenze – Sporty yet modest, the Firenze seat serves your economical needs without compromise. Part of the Eleganza Collection by FMS Seating.
  • Caregiver – 3PT seatbelts and optional ICS (Integrated Child Seat) and/or CRS (Child Restraint System).
  • GO-ES – Slim, lightweight and user-friendly. Designed for flexibility to accommodate your passengers growing needs. Multiple variations including rigid, foldaway, and SplitFlip options.
  • Esquire – Safety and Comfort for all passengers. Features height adjustable 3-point shoulder belts, Knee Saver backrests for increased hip-to-knee room, and contoured head rests.
  • G2ELPQR Driver Seat – USSC’s P1M mechanical suspension integrates the best in seat ergonomics and suspension integrity that greatly dampens erratic movements caused by varying road surfaces.

Complementing the seats are several upholstery options featuring antibacterial, stain resistant, and maintenance-friendly vinyls and fabrics. Priority Seating vinyl gives elderly riders, people who utilize mobility devices and others needing additional consideration a clearly marked place to sit on a bus. Upholsteries provided by industry-leading Camira, CMI Enterprises, and Morbern.

Information about the tour, including product brochures and a map of tour stops, visit Use hashtag #TransitUSA on social media for tour updates and photos.

Freedman Seating Company
Freedman Seating is a seat manufacturer in Chicago, IL; designing, engineering, and manufacturing seat related products for many different markets, including small bus, mid-size coach, heavy-duty transit, rail, marine, delivery truck, and para-transit. Freedman Seating is a ISO 9001 registered company with an on-site A2LA Accredited Mechanical Testing Lab.

FMS Seating
FMS is a seat manufacturer in Rochester, IN; specializing in executive-style, luxury seating products for the small, mid-size, and limo bus markets.

USSC Group
USSC designs and engineers world-class seating for many types of vehicles. As a leader in our industry, we continue to develop the most durable and ergonomically designed seats to reduce day-to-day driver fatigue and stress. 4ONE is a joint venture between USSC and Freedman Seating Company. With facilities in Exton, PA and Chicago, IL 4ONE also has sales offices strategically located throughout the US and Canada. 4ONE designs and engineers world-class passenger seats and integrated wheelchair restraint systems for heavy duty transit vehicles.

Transit Works
TransitWorks is the country’s leading builder of commercial shuttles, transporters, small buses and mobility vans. With three manufacturing facilities in Ohio and Kansas, TransitWorks is building and shipping innovative transit vehicles throughout North America. Authorized upfitter of Ford, RAM, and Mercedes full-size vans, and Dodge, Chrysler and Toyota minivans. TransitWorks has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in crash tests, seat pull tests, and other safety testing to ensure the safety and security of our customers and their customers.

CMI Enterprises
CMI Enterprises is the supplier of choice for interior soft trim materials to the Bus Industry. CMI also supplies the Automotive, over the road truck, RV, marine and other transportation markets. In addition, the company’s coated fabrics can be found in all major professional & college stadiums & arenas built in the US including Yankee Stadium, Lucas Oil, Dallas Cowboys, Georgia Dome, Minnesota Vikings, Lambeau Field and more. CMI is completing installation of its state of the art vinyl manufacturing facility in Mooresboro NC and will be the first new plant of its kind built in the US in decades helping bring jobs back to the USA.

Camira, formerly known as Holdsworth, offers total fabric solutions for passenger transport interiors. Known for its traditional plush fabrics, Camira’s manufacturing expertise also covers lighter weight pile fabrics with added design and texture, contemporary flat weave fabrics for seating and a wide range of ancillary interior trim fabrics. Camira’s latest product launch is Atom, a durable 100% polyester, available in contemporary design options which for Freedman Seating is available with Camira’s Defender treatment as standard. Defender provides anti-stain, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial protection ensuring treated fabric will resist stains for longer and require less maintenance.

Morbern is a privately held, coated fabric manufacturer located in Cornwall, and has been producing in Cornwall for 52 years.  The company has annual sales of more than $100 million, selling automotive, heavy truck, and general seating products to markets throughout the NAFTA region.  Morbern employs roughly 400 people throughout the world, 250 of which are in Cornwall.

Altro is the world’s leading manufacturer of slip resistant flooring and has been at the forefront of innovation for almost 100 years. Being the inventors of safety flooring, Altro’s transport flooring has been satisfying the diverse needs of the transportation industry in buses, vans and on rails for decades. Our flooring products deliver durability, safety, low maintenance and inviting designs.

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