Thomas Built Buses manufactures a full line of buses for the commercial transit, school bus and specialty vehicle markets. The company rolled its first bus of the assembly line in 1936. In 1978, Thomas introduced its first bus chassis and began producing its popular Saf-T-Liner transit-style bus, which features attractive looks and class-leading ergonomics. Thomas expanded to manufacture a smaller conventional school bus, the Minotour, and later entered the commercial transit market in the 1980s. In 1998, Thomas Built Buses became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Freightliner, a DaimlerChrysler company. Headquartered in High Point, N.C., the company supports several manufacturing operations in the United States.