Trobec Bus Service Inaugurates New St. Joseph Headquarters

ST. JOSEPH — Trobec’s Bus Service Inc., inaugurated its new headquarters in Saint-Joseph on Thursday.

The new 110,000 square foot facility will include enough garage space for their entire fleet, offices and a wash bay.

vice president Bethany Bertram says the move from St. Stephen to St. Joe is both exciting and bittersweet.

Everything my family knows about the bus industry started in St. Stephen. Our roots will always be there, but it’s time to turn the page. It’s time to move on and start our next chapter and that’s what we’re excited to do.

The company has been based in St. Stephen since 1938 and will move its operations to St. Joseph early next year.

She says they wouldn’t have gotten this far without the help of the St. Cloud School District and the City of St. Joseph with their approval of a tax abatement plan.

This allowed us to add amenities to the installation that we weren’t originally going to do, but were essential to this build. Tax relief on both sides allowed us to complete this project.

The city’s portion of the deal includes a block abatement of approximately $676,000 over 7 years to 2031, with 100% of the tax abatement being paid annually.

When complete, the facility will also create 5 new full-time jobs and 15 new part-time jobs in the St. Joseph community.

As for the location of St. Stephen, Bertram says they plan to keep the property, but details on how it will be used are currently unknown.

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