Hale Transportation Expansion Gets Rolling With SBA Financing

Situation: Clinton, NY native Stephen Hale started Hale’s Bus Garage, LLC in his hometown in 2013 after several years in the transportation industry. Under his leadership, Hale developed into one of Central New York’s leading transportation companies with a fleet of 25 vehicles and 55 professional drivers and staff. Hale built a strong customer base in the region includes area school districts and many college and universities, particularly with the company’s designation as an approved carrier for NCAA collegiate and professional sports teams. But after continually increasing the number of staff and vehicles, Hale had outgrown their original 5,000-square-foot building and surrounding parking lot. Owner Stephen Hale knew a significant expansion was essential to continue growing his company.

Solution: With the help of an SBA-backed 7(a) loan from Berkshire Bank in April of 2019, Stephen Hale launched a $2 million dollar expansion to the company’s existing Clinton headquarters to create the Hale Transportation Center.

Outcome: This expansion adds 15,000-square-feet and will create 20 new jobs over the next few years, giving the company more capacity to offer additional services to surrounding businesses and schools.  The expansion will also allow Hale to complete NYS DOT inspections on-site as well as offer a new washing system for buses and large vehicles. Now with room to grow, Hale purchased three buses and plans to purchase another three buses in the fall of 2019.

“As a small business owner, I am dedicated to serving my employees, my customers, my community with the latest equipment in transportation vehicles and a safe and efficient work environment. This building will serve as a state of the art repair facility with advanced equipment, up to date vehicle lifts, a semi-automatic bus washing station and work space,” said Stephen Hale, owner of Hale Transportation. “We value our employees and want to provide them with the best work environment we can, creating high morale and efficiency. We look forward to growing our team at Hale by hiring more employees, purchasing new equipment, and building the foundation for a great future in our local community.”

Company Name: 
Hale Transportation Center
Location: 
Clinton, NY