Our Humble Beginnings
Schmitty & Sons began back in 1941 when Wilfrid Schmitt “Schmitty” began driving for the Orchard Lake Co-Op, a local transit company. In 1952, Schmitty purchased his own bus and began transporting children for the Lakeville Schools. This tradition of excellence has allowed the company to expand and prosper throughout the years.
Schmitty & Sons still provides transportation for the Lakeville School district; however, the fleet has expanded from that one bus in 1952 to over 100 buses today. The expansion has also opened doors for new areas of business in the charter and transit division. In 2000, Schmitty & Son’s purchased the rights to the Gray Line Tours franchise for Minnesota. Within Gray Line Minnesota we operate a large fleet of school buses, coach buses and trolleys. The Schmitty & Sons transit division includes the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA). We also operate the Quick Ride Ramp shuttle buses at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Our services now reach beyond passenger transportation to include our state of the art repair and maintenance shop. We hire only the most experienced and qualified mechanics and body repair experts. Also, through our sales division we sell a wide range of quality vehicles, parts and equipment.
Schmitty & Son’s mission has remained the same since the foundation in 1952. The focus has and always will be on the customer experience – ensuring the best in safe and reliable transportation. This is maintained through the team of knowlegeable staff and experienced drivers. We believe that our strong foundation in our core values will continue the growth of Schmitty & Sons into the future.
Since January 2016, we are excited to announce that Schmitty & Sons is now an employee-owned company!