PENDLETON — After nearly six decades in the transportation business, the founding family of the Mid Columbia Bus Co. will sell their shares.

The Flatt family has sold their stake in ownership to Canadian bus company Landmark Student Transportation Inc.

“We chose (Landmark) because they are a family based, privately held, strong organization that has many of the same operating principles we do,” Chief Operating Officer Bruce Flatt said in a press release. “They will maintain the same high standards and level of professional pride that Midco employees have built over the years.”

The press release states routes, staff, management and day-to-day operations will remain the same throughout the consolidation process. Current CEO Dave Lear will also retain his role.

According to the Midco website, the Flatt family were originally in the trucking business before they successfully bid for busing services for the Condon School District.

The company has grown since then and now provides school buses for 26 school districts, Headstart programs and education service districts in Oregon.

Through its subsidiary Western States Bus Services, Midco also serves five school districts in the Twin Falls area of Idaho.

Since it was established in 2011, Landmark has acquired bus companies in Wisconsin, Missouri and the Canadian province of Ontario.

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