Wolfington Body Company announced that salesman Frank Shicatano is retiring after 55 years of service.
Shicatano joined Wolfington in 1957, a year after graduating from high school and working as a trainee for a local carpet company. He was hired by Harry Wolfington, then owner and president and the father of current President Richard Wolfington, as a clerk typist to enter bus, hearse and ambulance orders for Superior Coach Corp. as well as to type letters and file company documents.
In 1962, Harry Wolfington asked Shicatano if he would like to sell school buses. Shicatano said sales, at first, were difficult because he had to convince customers to trust him despite only being 23 years old. The company said he persevered and became one of the most successful sales people at Wolfington.
"Frank has sold school buses to three generations of school bus contractors and school district transportation directors throughout Pennsylvania," said Richard Wolfington. "His contribution and support of student transportation is unprecedented in the industry. We have been very fortunate to have a partner like Frank, and the success of Wolfington Body Company can be directly translated to the ability and professionalism of men like him.”
Said Shicatano: "The 55 years has gone by quickly with a lot of good things happening along the way. The best thing being with Wolfington was they took me into their family and treating me with respect and patience while I learned the bus business. I would like to thank the entire Wolfington family. I have had a magnificent career at Wolfington Body Company, and a lot of fun."
Based in Exton, Pa., with facilities in Buffalo, Pa., and Mt. Holly, N.J., Wolfington was founded in 1876 by British immigrant Alexander Wolfington, a blacksmith turned carriage builder. It is one of the largest school bus dealers in the nation for Collins Bus Corporation, IC Bus and, since February, Trans Tech Bus. Wolfington also sells school vans manufactured by Chevrolet and Ford and used school buses in addition to new and used commercial buses.
Wolfington also began providing contracted student transportation services in 1987. The company said it currently has more than a dozen school district contracts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.